Hi authors one and all!
It would be a nice thing to have authors share their success experiences - to inspire us - perhaps to give advice and tips.
There is a stigma attached to self publishing, and people say self publishers are never taken seriously. I'm sure there are very good books out there written by very good authors, who have self published not because they got knocked back by big publishing houses, but because they wanted to try it on their own. It takes a lot of guts, and no doubt a lot of let downs.
Hope to hear from happy members
I am completely happy with self-publishing my first book. Not that I'm not trying to market my second one to a publishing house, but the experience I've gotten with my first novel has been fantastic! I have a fan base now that I never thought I'd have and people who are anticipating the release of my second novel. I've sold probably 40 copies of my first book, which I know isn't much but it's a start and it's given me the inspiration to push my second novel to a publisher. My first book has only been available since August so I don't think 40 copies is all that bad. I'm doing a flea market next weekend so I hope to sell more. The big thing is, marketing. You have to push your own stuff. If you don't, you won't go anywhere with it. I've learned this the hard way since I had to market.
Thanks for that Sandy. That's great news!
Good luck with your next book.
The guru of self publishing is Dan Poynter. His website is www.parapublishing.com
He has listed the name of some very famous people and books which were self published.
Hope this helps.
What do you think about amazon offering a way for people to contact authors if they have a question before they buy the book?
With regards to your question, I don't think it's a good idea to have people contacting authors through Amazon if they have a question before buying the book, only because I believe it will place an enormous burden on the author. I think it should be up to the author to decide whether it's something they want to do via a blog or their own website, not through an online bookstore.
After spending 4 long years in a very intense self taught introspection journey which led me half way across the world (and finding my Buddy SoulMate), writing hundreds of thousands of words as the epiphanies kept flowing, organizing then canceling a publishing contract with a company that only publishes books to sell to the authors themselves, then 5 years later, find a way to bring my books to life and available on a large internet company like amazon, have books sold worldwide, and people across the world using them to create wonderful new lives as the word of Greene's Release spreads, is exceptionally cool!
That's what my journey was all about.
If your journey is to be a book seller, enjoy it wholeheartedly.
If your journey is to keep writing from your heart, love each moment.
But to be an author doesn't mean you have to do or be either, nor feel disappointed or let down.
I chose to direct my own path, not be told what to do by a publisher, and I couldn't be happier.
Choose whatever makes you smile from the inside out and your success will blossom.
I am so happy with my experience as a self published author. I have learned so much about what people expect, and have gained a huge respect for the process. I have sold just under 1000 copies of my first release, and plan on having my second book out in time for the holiday buying season. I certainly cannot quit my day job....YET....but the first book has afforded me the money to write the second!
It really is exciting to get emails from across the globe telling me that someone really loves my book. Total ego boost. Createspace and other POD services have really made it possible for people to make there dreams come true!
You probably would not have been given the chance to publish your book through mainstream publishing. CreateSpace and Amazon give an inspring author the inexpensive means to have their work out there for everybody to see. To hear that people from around the globe are contacting you to compliment you on your workmust be so rewarding.
YOU HAVE INSPRIED ME!!!
That?s great news Wicked. Congratulations! You must be ecstatic.
We decided to self-publish our children's book "The Leprechaun Trap" using Createspace because we retained full ownership and control and we can re-issue the book every Saint Patrick's Day without having to keep any inventory. We did learn some important lessons along the way about the problems that self-publishing can present but those lessons have proven very valuable as we set about publishing our next book "The Soccer Princess". I liked the idea of getting the books onto Amazon immediately but it would be very helpful if Createspace offered its Authors some kind of easier way to get their books into stores as well (especially Borders of course) rather than having to go through the long and rarely successful process of submitting books to Borders or Barnes and Noble without the support of a Publisher.
A 92-year-old friend of mine, a retired microbiologist, in tandem with a retired historian, had written a small book about a local lake -- once a city sewage dump and now restored as a national Audubon center and international birding destination. They had an artist illustrate it with delightful sketches. For three years they sought a publisher -- a local university press that specializes in environmental issues, even the local water system, which owns the lake. For three years it sat in a file cabinet. No one was interested. They learned about our publishing venture (our organization just published our sixth book with CreateSpace) and asked for my advice. I explained the system to them and offered to lay it out for them. In less than 3 weeks they have sold almost 300 copies (about half of them pre-sold based on displaying the proof!) and they've told me they will need to order more before Christmas.
Another friend has been active in the anti death penalty movement for more than 15 years and wrote up his story, intertwined with stories of people he has met along the way. Like the Mitchell Lake book, this had been languishing in his file cabinet for several years. He, too, found out about our publishing venture and sent us his draft. We found a few editors -- one of them an attorney with a journalism degree, another a sociologist, the third an activist with an keen eye for a typo and grammer error -- and they whipped the book into publishable shape. Detour to Death Row has sold almost 200 copies in less than two months (it's even being used already as a college textbook!) The author is going to Italy next month and activists there have made arrangements for him to present a copy to the Pope.
Our goal has not to become best sellers -- our books have too narrow an audience for that -- but rather to honor give a voice to people and ideas that may not have commercial potential. These authors are thrilled, their stories are being heard -- and their organizations (and ours) are actually making a little money from the venture instead of paying out of pocket for publishing.
DID YOU USE CREATESPACE FOR SELF PUBLISHING? I AM A FIRST TIMER AND TRYING TO DECIDE THE BEST ROUTE FOR MY MEMOIR. I DO NOT HAVE ALOT OF MONEY, LOST MY JOB LAST MONTH BUT I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY ADVICE...
Yes, I have published my first book through CreateSpace and I am getting ready to publish another. There is no cost involved, except when you order your proof copy. That's it! The you're well on your way to earning royalties from your book sales through Amazon (CS's parent company). Simple, provided your book is worth buying.
Familiarize yourself with formatting and uploading of files. Make sure it's done properly, otherwise you might run into problems. There are some members in this forum who have expertise in this area should you require their help. Just post your request if you need to, and you'll find many will come to your aid.
Check out Amazon for books similar to yours. Find out why main and subcategories they're showing up in. Check to see if the categories correspond to that of CreateSpace's - it's really important to do this - that the categories match!! Otherwise, you'll find your book buried under the millions in the main book category at Amazon - never surfacing to be seen.
Wishing you the best of luck
I am a new comer to Self Publishing. I write a inspirational blog and I am in the process of compiling my work into a book.
I have checked around and it seems CreateSpace is a good place to get this done.
I would very much appreciate (begging really), if anyone could provide useful advice... like top 10 things to get right FIRST TIME RIGHT... and the potential problem areas and how I deal with them.
Thanking everyone in advance.