Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday Words: Tips from Indie Authors Part 2

More AWESOME tips from great authors!

@colintaber and Rachel Forde
It would have been good if I'd joined up on Kindleboards sooner.
There's lots to learn here, perhaps not all of it good, but overall it's worth it. There's certainly some great people here to meet and fantastic reads to discover.

Dara England
I wish I'd realized self-published ebooks can actually sell. If I'd known that, I'd have started down this road a year sooner than I did. But no, I was envisioning only a tiny handful of sales, hardly enough to be worth the effort, and I was very wrong about that.

Nick Steckel
I wish I'd done my research and known what the norms were for Kindle before just diving in and publishing. I also wish I'd known to edit my books and have them professionally edited before publishing them. Of course, the former would have taken care of the latter.

Laura Lond
I wish I had known about KDP back in 2009. I would not have wasted a year on querying agents and publishers, would not have signed with a substandard publisher, would not have to pull the book and re-do it myself. I'd probably be earning far more right now, too.

M. G. Edwards
I would say...balancing writing with marketing (social media) is key. It's really easy to spend too much time building a following on social media (like Kindleboards) and too little actually writing.

I echo the comments about agents and sending paperback copies to reviewers all over the world. So true. I wasted a lot of time and money. As far as promoting, I really like the power of free. Setting my book Ain't No Sunshine for free for a month garnered the most sales from anything I have ever done. I also like giveaways on LibraryThing. I consider those priceless advertising that you don't even have to pay for.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this little experiment!

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