Thursday, 19 March 2015
When you self-publish, there is much more that falls to the author than writing the book. Being on top of promotional opportunities and information is one major task and an important one at that.
After doing a little research, we decided it was time to update the description of the book "Relationships" by R.A. Kahn as it appears on Amazon. We began to apply some ideas gathered in our research and shared it in a writers group for input. It did not take long to learn that aside form updating the description, an error needed correcting. Another author with a similar surname had been tagged as the author.
Without further ado we set to work to correct the problem. Our first step was contacting CreateSpace who we had published through. They gave us the links of what was necessary in correcting this with Amazon. Some phone calls and networking later, our problem was resolved.
It pays to review your information. You never know what else you might find along the way that requires correcting.
In the meantime, the updated description is now available so hurry along to "Relationships" on Amazon and check it out. Remember to come back and let us know your feedback. Oh, and if you have teens or are a teenager, why not purchase a copy? It's an excellent book and will keep you entertained for hours.
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Have you considered self-publishing a book?
Most of the books by R.A. Kahn were published through recognized publishing companies. The book "Why Unicorns Eat Lavender" was the first one to be self-published. The book "Relationships" was the first teenage novel and was self-published on CreateSpace.
Self-publishing is an amazing learning curve. Of course one has to begin with writing the book, editing, formatting, preparing the cover and so forth. However, once the book is ready to make available for sale, another aspect takes over, that of marketing and promotion. Some prefer the marketing to begin once the book is launched, some begin even before the final copy is ready to be printed and the book goes up on Amazon.
There is so much that goes into effective marketing and promotion. It is not just a case of having one's book ready and creating a book launch. Do you know about Beta Readers, virtual book tours, book awards, creating a buzz for your book and book reviews? Each of these topics requires research to ensure that one understands the process and how to go about arranging your own.
Where do you begin? You can always do a google search and hope you find the most appropriate articles, blogs and resources. Joining some writers groups and forums is very beneficial. In addition to reading comments and questions posted, so ask questions and listen to the range of answers.
As we progress along this process, we hope to begin sharing the resources that we have found to be most useful.
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Posted by Shoshanah Shear at 16:31
Monday, 9 March 2015
Self-publishing is an incredible learning curve. It is amazing to hear how many new books are going up onto Amazon.com daily. One figure we read was 5000 new titles daily. That is an incredible number. So is it possible to make sales online?
Why not? It takes learning, hard work, adjusting what one does, improving, networking and more.
As part of improving our strategies, we have just updated the description on the CreateSpace store which will soon be updated onto Amazon.
We invite you to click on the link and have a peak at our updated description. Please do let us know your thoughts or comments by sending us an email or posting a comment on the comment section below.
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