The Advantage Of Self Publishing

The Advantage Of Self Publishing

Self-publishing offers many advantages to an independent author. However, one of the most important benefits is often overlooked. In years gone by, once a book was published, that was it. It either sold well and then new editions were printed, or if it didn’t sell on its first release, that was the end of the book’s life, except for perhaps a few copies that made their way into libraries or second-hand book shops. Now though, a book or an ebook can not only be kept on sale indefinitely, it can also be changed, modified, merged or improved at any time. The cover can be updated, genre and category listings can be

My Book Isn’t Selling

My Book Isn’t Selling

Damn! Why isn’t anyone buying my book? I had a good laugh today when I read a thread on an online forum about the lack of sales for a certain ebook. To make sure I don’t offend anyone, I haven’t copy and pasted the actual conversation, but have paraphrased it. I’m sure you will get the idea though and may have even come across similar attitudes. Ok, it went like this: Author: My ebook has been available on Amazon for a week now, and I have no sales. Forum: It’s a cookbook, and they don’ sell very well. Author: It’s a recipe book! Forum: I’ve had a look at your ebook, and the

Self Publishing Is Not Spelt K.I.N.D.L.E. – Part 2

Self Publishing Is Not Spelt K.I.N.D.L.E. – Part 2

“I don’t sell many books on Smashwords.” I read this comment over and over again from self-published authors and it drives me crazy every time I read it. It should read, “I don’t sell many books on Apple, B&N orKobo because I can’t be bothered promoting my books anywhere else other than Kindle.” Smashwords is a distributor of ebooks, but after self-published authors add their books to the Smashwords Premium Catalogue, they seem to expect, as if by some kind of magic, that their books will sell. While lazily filling their social media feeds with links to their books on Kindle, most Indie authors can’t be bothered, or don’t even

The Land of Free Shit

The Land of Free Shit

I want all that free shit! When it comes to selling ebooks, there is one salient factor to consider. It is that ‘free shit’ ebooks sell much, much better than ones that actually cost money. Here, sell is, of course, a redundant verb, as selling does not enter the equation when something is free shit. I have a long list of ebooks available on Amazon and other retailers, but I do have one old, ancient, out of date, hardly worth reading in fact, ebook that is often free. Yet it is, according to Amazon, iBooks and others, ‘bought‘ extremely regularly every day. In fact, it is my best seller! It even