Indie Publishing For International Writers, Step Ten: What Happens When The Sales Just Stop?

This is the final part of INDIE PUBLISHING FOR INTERNATIONAL WRITERS, a step-by-step guide to getting your stories into (digital) print.  I will be compiling all these steps into a free e-book for my blog-readers when I am done. It’s called Let’s Get Digital and is penciled in for release at the end of June. STEP TEN: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE SALES JUST STOP? All self-publishers experience a dip in sales. Every single one of them. Most will also experience a run where they sell nothing at all. It happened to me three days after my second release. My sales just died. Three days after a new release! I sold nothing in the UK for a week – of either title – and I Read More…

Indie Publishing For International Writers, Step 6: Market Your Story Part 2, Social Media

This is the sixth post in my continuing series INDIE PUBLISHING FOR INTERNATIONAL WRITERS, a step-by-step guide to getting your stories into (digital) print. I’ll be doing each step with you, learning as you do, because I’ve never done this before either. Step 6: Market Your Story Part 2, Social Media Last time we covered the importance of having a website or blog, and talked about the difference between a static page and an interactive page, and why the latter is better. Today we are going to talk about signposts, social media, how to connect the dots in your little online world, and how not to behave. 

Indie Publishing for International Writers, Step 5: Market Your Story Part 1, Websites & Blogs

This is the fifth post in my continuing series INDIE PUBLISHING FOR INTERNATIONAL WRITERS, a step-by-step guide to getting your stories into (digital) print. I’ll be doing each step with you, learning as you do, because I’ve never done this before either. Step 5: Market Your Story Part 1, Websites & Blogs So you have written your story, added your cover design, had your work edited, gone through the pain of formatting for the first time, and now everything is uploaded and available on all the various sales channels. Only problem is, nobody’s buying it. Don’t worry, you haven’t told anybody about it yet. And, it takes time to build an audience. Even the runaway success stories took around six months to Read More…

Indie Publishing for International Writers, Step 5: Market Your Story Part 1, Websites & Blogs

This is the fifth post in my continuing series INDIE PUBLISHING FOR INTERNATIONAL WRITERS, a step-by-step guide to getting your stories into (digital) print. I’ll be doing each step with you, learning as you do, because I’ve never done this before either. Step 5: Market Your Story Part 1, Websites & Blogs So you have written your story, added your cover design, had your work edited, gone through the pain of formatting for the first time, and now everything is uploaded and available on all the various sales channels. Only problem is, nobody’s buying it. Don’t worry, you haven’t told anybody about it yet. And, it takes time to build an audience. Even the runaway success stories took around six months to Read More…

Indie Publishing for International Writers, Step 4: Format Your Story

This is the fourth post in my continuing series INDIE PUBLISHING FOR INTERNATIONAL WRITERS, a step-by-step guide to getting your stories into (digital) print. I’ll be doing each step with you, learning as you do, because I’ve never done this before either. Step Four: Format Your Story All those different e-readers and devices use different software to display e-books, but there are a few industry standard file formats. What we are going to learn today is the digital equivalent of typesetting, known as formatting. While you are waiting for your final edits or your cover, I recommend that you start learning how to format. You won’t be able to begin on your e-book until you have everything ready, but it’s good Read More…

Indie Publishing For International Writers, Step One: Write Your Story

This is the first post in what will be a continuing series called INDIE PUBLISHING FOR INTERNATIONAL WRITERS, a step-by-step guide for getting your stories into (digital) print. I’ll be doing each step with you, learning as you do, because I’ve never done this before either. For the purposes of this project, I am aiming to publish a series of short stories, and bundle them into collections of five or six as I go along. I’m also working on second novel (set in New Orleans and Honduras at the beginning of the 20th century), writing this blog, and learning as much I can about digital publishing.