Monday, August 29, 2011

Getting Closer to Self-E-Publishing


Kind, fellow writers compliment my writing and encourage me to self-publish. I'm getting closer.

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The advantage of t-publishing first, and following up with e-publishing—you get the credentials, and the advantage of that first publication marketing, to spur on subsequent e-sales—ala JA Konrath.

Two
I also have the impression that agents are less likely to take on a writer if they s-publish, for several reasons. In their shoes, I would want a client reliant on me.

So…I will eventually, if I don’t get an agent.

Three
Personally, I’ve spread myself around in genres learning my craft, getting a feel for what I write best, enjoy writing, and I want a good number of books in a single series that can spur subsequent sales.

Yes, I've completed a lot of manuscripts, but not of a single genre that can necessarily sell the next.

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I know how I buy on-line. If an author only has a couple of novels out there s-published, I figure she hasn’t yet learned her craft. Going back and re-reading one of my novels from just a couple of years ago, I can’t believe how far I have progressed in the craft since—nineteen manuscripts in.

I’m getting closer every day. (to e-publish)

Five
I appreciate the compliments, but the reality of e-publishing is very few writers get a return for the cost of their editing and covers.

Six
The advantage of t-publishing first, and following up with e-publishing—you get the credentials, and the advantage of that first publication marketing, to spur on subsequent e-sales—ala JA Konrath.

I also have the thought that agents are less likely to take on a writer if they s-publish, for several reasons.

So…I will eventually, if I don’t get an agent.

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Another thought is I’ve spread myself around in genres learning my craft, getting a feel for what I write best, and I want a good number of books in a single series that can roll into subsequent sales.

Yes, I have a lot of books, but not of a single genre that can sell the next.

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And I know how I buy on-line. If there are only a couple of novels out there s-published, I figure the author hasn’t yet learned their craft. Even going back and re-reading one of my novels from just a couple of years ago, I can’t believe how much I have progressed.

And by the way—I recognize getting an agent, even selling one book, doesn't mean you've made it. It's a tough industry I'm pursuing.

What are your thoughts? Pros to s-publishing? Cons?

Regards,
Mac
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3 comments:

  1. Someone earlier today mentioned s-pubbing her book under a pen name if she failed to attract an agent with it. I thought this was a good idea. It can't hurt, at any rate.

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  2. I'm in the same boat with a few of my earlier novels. Because the genre would not sell well with a traditional publisher, I thought I would e-publish. There's a few agencies out there that will do all the work for you (edit, cover design, etc,) for 15%. I know I can do all of that for probably less than a 1000 but I honestly don't have time. I've already moved on to other novels that I feel are more marketable. I figure when my current book comes out (this one is being published by a traditional publisher), when readers read it and like it (hopefully), and want to see what else I've done, they'll find my eBooks and buy them. That's the plan anyway. Of course, readers may hate my work, but onward and upward eh?

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  3. Hi Cynthia--I've heard the same idea. I hope I can be more optomistic though...I'f I publish I WILL be successful [period]. No double marketing for me ;O)

    Rachel--sounds like we're on the same page

    Mac

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