Over the last month or so, (I suppose because I was preparing for the “Think Like a Publisher workshop) I started noticing how indie writers shoot themselves in the foot as far as sales. And not just once, but often so many times that it guaranteed that no sane reader (past family and friends) would pick up their book.
And they did it all purposefully. And were often very proud of the fact that they did what they did, having no idea what their decisions were doing to their sales.
I call that “Shooting Yourself in the Foot.”
You hold the gun, you aim at your own foot, you pull the trigger. You have no one to blame but yourself when you indie publish.
So, let me detail out a few of the “shots” I have seen indie writers take at their own feet lately.
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A good plot should be out there where your characters will trip over it, get so frustrated with it that they kick it and break their toes. You know things are working when plot lines start whacking into each other like pool balls.
I’m writing this to mainly help one person’s request on formatting their book for publication on Kindle, but I’m hoping this might be useful to a few others as well. This will be a broad, basic, step by step process to try and catch most common formatting errors. Long as nothing’s completely bizarre with your Word file, this should get a nice, clean upload.
How did I end up on my own? It began when I couldn’t get my first YA book, Relatively Famous, published, despite getting stellar feedback from editors and nearly selling the film rights to a teen pop star.
For a couple of years now, people like Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, and Brian O’Leary at Magellan Media, have been talking about the implications of content abundance. I don’t know if they would agree, but I would argue that content abundance is the single biggest threat and the biggest opportunity facing traditional publishing. I’ll explain why I think so in a minute.
As a writer, I am as much drawn to J.K. Rowling as I am to her books. The books came first but my interest in Rowling as a person and as a writer followed very quickly. As a reader, I would love to have read these books when I was young as much as I love reading them today. For one thing, they’re very British. And their inventiveness is legend. But as a writer, what inspires me more than Rowling’s imagination is her intuitive approach to the construction of the plot, and her self-confidence in her ability to tell a story.
But I don’t like to answer that question until I know what exactly they’re trying to publish. I’d say at least 50% of new writers are attempting to publish a work that would be deemed commercially unviable by a Big Six house, at least as initially conceived.
Digital self-publishing has changed the way artists and creative industries reach their audiences. Prior to the explosion of the Internet, publishers and distributors controlled the marketing aspects of many of the creative ...