Well, this is my first post on my new blog. I stated in my profile that this blog is where I will discuss my efforts, successes and failures in my self-publishing on Kindle Direct, and I already have something to discuss.
I started my first book project on KDP hoping to generate some interest that might encourage me to continue this effort without going weeks or even months before the next installment. The format I’m using is that I’m publishing a series of short stories about my life in the mission field and each one is a separate publication. I’m selling them each for $ .99, which is the lowest price I was allowed to pick, but it’s probably what I would have stuck with regardless. The thing is, I’ve already made a mistake. I played around with the title for the series and ended up putting the wrong title in the draft that I saved. It was a simple oversight, but one that has cost me time and aggravation, because the title on my cover says one thing and the title on Amazon’s listing of the book says another.
I’ll say only this. If you’re new at this type of thing, as I certainly am, go back and reread all that you put in the forms before you finalize the publication. If you don’t do that you could be looking at some serious agitation.
Aside from that this has been a very exciting and fun experience. I can already see that I will want to work a little more on my book covers from now on. I have two more stories already written for this series and have the ideas for possibly five more. Writing them isn’t the hard part, it’s figuring out all these blogs, publishing and marketing websites and other marketing methods to get the books seen. I’ll be looking at other blogs and websites trying to get a handle on all this. If you have any suggestions for me, please feel free to contact me.
- Some numbers on the Kindle owners lending library and KDP (teleread.com)
- An Analysis Of The New Amazon Lending Library (jswayne.wordpress.com)
- Amazon Expands Kindle Owners’ Lending Library To Self-Published Authors (paidcontent.org)
- Customers Love Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, including Puvungna (puvungna.wordpress.com)
- Should I use KDP Select? (insanityreignssupreme.wordpress.com)