Our new semester of writers is beginning the Write Publish & Market Your Book class at the BRAND NEW CVTech facility! We’re so excited to begin again! We have Kay Dorn and PJ Acker who write fiction. We also have Randel Conner who has written a fictional memoir of his childhood in El Reno, OK. Then, Melina Johnson is writing a book to dovetail with a documentary film she is currently making. We still have a couple other students joining us, and I look forward to working with everyone on query letters, marketing, bios, and more! http://www.creativequills.com http://www.cvtech.edu
Tonight, we’re working on marketing ideas and improving writing. We’re talking about joining clubs and going to conferences and how to improve your resume by participating in writer’s clubs at an officer’s level.
We’ve also been discussing authors who self-published before getting discovered. How about John Grisham who self-published A Time to Kill? How about James Redfield of The Celestine Prophecy? How about Joe Vitale of The Secret? Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust. Ulysses, by James Joyce. The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter.
While you are waiting for your book to be discovered, why not self-publish in an on-demand version tat will cost you as little as $2/copy with full glossy cover and as much as $5-7 for a larger book or a full color. How to do this? You can self-publish using an on-demand company like http://www.createpace.com. Here’s a tip–use the guided self-publishing templates: don’t pay Createspace do it for you. Cheaper is better, but if you follow their guided instructions, it’s FREE, except for the ISBN and bar code. Make sure you buy your ISBN and bar code there, because it’s cheaper than buying from Bowker. You can get the ISBN and bar code for $99 on Createspace. You can create a cover, use a template of any size to create your book, and there are many helps, if you need help. When I had problems, I called them, and they helped me at no charge. if you choose the “expert help” option, you will pay through the nose, and that is unnecessary.
After your book and cover are uploaded, you can then put your book onto Kindle, so your book will sell as both a print book on Amazon and Createspace–and as a Kindle ebook reader or your phone. (You must transfer it to Kindle, but there are easy instructions about how to do that, too.) By the way, when you promote your book, send as many people as you can to the Createspace store to purchase, because your royalty will be greater! Yay, right?
Be sure to edit edit edit your book before uploading, because that is the biggest complaint about self-published books, and that is why self-published books are not so well respected. So, edit edit edit, and prove the world wrong by publishing a perfect manuscript. Then order a proof to review. You can do this as a hard copy–or you can use their virtual reviewer online. The first time, I suggest you order the book to look at it in person first.
Also, make sure you somewhat copy what a typical frontispiece page and copyright page for the front of your book. Find a book that you like, and make your font pages similar. Do NOT cut and paste from other people’s books: that’s considered plagiarism and is a no no!
Once you have your own book, then you can order books at cost, and give examples away to important people–or, of course, sell sell sell!
Meantime, you can be sending out your manuscript to traditional publishers, but be forewarned, often traditional publishers do not like to hear you are self-published, unless you have sold many thousands and have a following. However, that doesn’t mean you can become a local and online author personality with your book and making money with it. Go for it, guys, and have fun! We’re doing it in our group!
Redlands College student and Iron Tree barista Blake Murphy is also a famous podcaster! He is going to be teaching our authors at CVTech how to make a movie on their phones!
Here’s (from L to R) Carol & Woody Gimbel, Judy Bishop, Chuck Baker, Chloe Janning, Johnna McCarthy, Tanner Milgrim, Blaze Nowlin, and Jo Azzarello–waiting on Blake! Bernadette Lowe is missing from the picture, but Blake is here!! We are going to learn how to be YouTube stars!
I just want to send a thank you to all the folks who have supported our Creative Quills Writing Group, including former library director Amy Brandley, friend & musician Colin Forsey, current library director Penny Beals, and all the library staff at El Reno Carnegie Library! We are on a roll and intend to help many more scribes reach their publishing goals! …while having a ball, of course! Book can be purchased on Createspace at https://www.createspace.com/6429927 or on Amazon Kindle. I also want to thank CVTech for allowing me to share my knowledge with the many great folks who have come through the publishing classes there! Many converted over to Creative Quills, and so the publishing group was born! Many many thanks to all!
Pros & Cons of self-publishing an e-book
- Uploading is easy.
- If you go with a company, you can leave it be & let go!.
- Large companies have people come to them.
- Passive marketing-or none- is possible.
- Your book can go international.
- You can choose an “on demand” printing option.
- You have lots of control over the cover and the looks of the book on the inside.
- You can do-it-yourself
- You can pay if you need help.
- It can be quick and easy.
- Marketing is more difficult.
- You may not earn a lot, because…
- It’s harder to sell.
- If you upload to your own site, marketing is hard.
- You have to work twice as hard to promote it, and…
- You don’t have any hard copies, unless you order and pay for some.
- You can do this with little to no money up front.