Sunday, February 24, 2013

New Publishing Venues

So, a few days ago I attempted to upload my first two books to Smashwords, figuring I'd be able to get them to a lot of different platforms that way, and gain readers who don't use the Kindle. If there's one thing I need to do soon, it's start pulling in some money. Well, I uploaded it, and the conversion failed, apparently because of formatting problems with the book. Eventually, I realized there was only one way I'd have a chance to fix the formatting--paste the whole book into Notepad, removing all formatting in the process, then copy that back into my word processor of choice, and go through the entire book and add italics and whatever else where they're needed.

So in addition to my (unsuccessful, so far) job hunt, I've been trying to get this done as quickly as possible. I'm about halfway through the first book.

Then there's the cover. I was using a plain black cover for both books, with the title and my name on each, but that's probably one of the reasons it's not selling as well as I'd hoped. I couldn't spare the money for a proper cover back then, and even more so now, not having a job and therefore money at the moment. Still, I'm thinking about at least buying a stock photo to use as the cover, if not commissioning one. One the one hand, I can't really spare the money, but on the other, it might catch a lot more potential readers' eyes if the books have quality covers that fit the plots. I keep bouncing back and forth on whether to just go for it or keep using the plain black covers to save money.

Guess I'll figure that out when I get there.

In other writing news, I'm working on the next chapter of Freelancers and mulling over some ideas for a new serialized story that I might make exclusive to Smashwords (and therefore Amazon and all the other sites Smashwords distributes ebooks to). Just as an experiment to see if anything comes of it. The story will likely be a series of novellas or novelettes. I figure I've got enough free content out there (and with Freelancers, Enemy of my Enemy, and other free stories I'll continue posting), there's a lot more to come. So that might be enough samples of my work for readers to take a chance on some premium content. And I know that Kindle Direct, at least, has an option to return/refund ebooks you don't like, so there's really no risk involved.

As I said, it's something I'm thinking about trying out just to see if it works. If not, I'll see if I can figure something else out.

And finally, I'm still waiting on the contract for Chaser, so nothing new to announce there. I figure it takes a while for things like that to be worked out. I'm just eager to see the last twenty-two years of trying finally pay off.

And now, back to the hundred or so things I'm trying to do at once.

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