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Enjoy this guest post from Ashley Robertson!
Indie Pubbing...good experience or hard road?
Self-publishing is the easiest, most amazing experience I’ve ever endured. **Ahem.** HA HA. If you’re a writer, then I’m certain I didn’t fool you. It’s a LOT of hard work. And let me tell you, I respect every other indie author out there that’s successfully marketing their book and making sales. When self-pubbing, there are extra fees and expenses that you eat up front with hopes of making back in book revenue. But be prepared to lose that money too, so keep that in mind when figuring out your book budget. Indie authors are on their own with hiring a professional editor—which I highly recommend (mine is Stephen Delaney with Close Reader Editing)—getting a dramatic book cover created—I use Claudia with PhatpuppyArt (and trust me, a lot of people judge a book by its cover)—policing the publishing company since they seem to screw up your manuscript during their formatting procedure, and then waiting patiently for the finals to arrive. Though, if you have the time, Amazon and Smashwords offer free epubbing books that teach you how to do it yourself, but if you want a paperback or hard copy of your book, you’ll still need to hire a formatting company, unless you know how to do this. With Crimson Flames, I did my own formatting and it saved me around $300.
And that’s just the beginning. Once your book is ready, it’s time to spread the word, market it everywhere, and seek wonderful book bloggers to review it, host interviews and giveaways—all the while praying they’ll love it and give it a good rating. Honestly, it’s a full-time job just working on that, plus you’ve got to keep writing your next best seller too. So I highly recommend virtual release parties (I use Release Day Diva) to create a lot of hype for your book, and blog tours are just as important to get the additional exposure you need to make sales. I’ve worked with Bookish Brunette, Promotional Book Tours, and Lady Amber’s Tours and they are all fantastic. The tour prices range from around $50 to $300+ depending on what package you go with. Obviously, the more you spend, the more exposure you get.
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