What new novelists (and seasoned ones too, I’ll bet) haven’t thought at least once how nice it would be to have their newest book become a bestseller right off the hop? I know I have.
She would kill for a better life… Rejected by her older sister’s gang, a teen-aged girl from a troubled home joins a rival gang and fights for her own place on the streets of South Los Angeles.
Now that I have my first novel Tied published as a paperback and ebook, I can see sales statistics coming online. But is that a good thing?
When I mention that I self-publish my novels, my credibility as a writer in the eyes of others seems to take a hit. At least that’s what it feels like sometimes.
Amazon is constantly looking for ways to increase sales. Now they’ve filed patents for “used ebooks” and other digital content. Umm, what?
When I chose to self-publish my books, I knew I’d get to the point where I’d need to decide on a price. And the decision is damn tough.
I am self-publishing my books. If I’m extremely lucky, maybe I won’t have to in the future, but for now, I have to take on everything a publisher would do. That includes marketing and knowing the whos, whats, wheres, whys and hows of my website traffic. Google Analytics is perfect for this.
I could write a thousand books, but if I don’t tell anyone about them, I’ll never be able to earn a living. Self-publishing means self-promotion. There’s a lot I can do.
Amazon is a company based in the United States. I am a Canadian. When I sell a book through Amazon, 30% of my royalty is held back for income tax in the United States. The way around this is with tax treaties. Read on.
The following is my review for Mia and the Awful Day, by Bron Whitley. This review was written as for the Children’s Book Review Group over at GoodReads.