I joined yet another indie group for support. Why? Well, why not? We all need support, let’s face it. Read all about it, then read my post. Alternatively, if you’re here for ROW80, feel free to zip down to my update instead. 🙂
Starting January 2013, the Indelibles will be hosting a monthly feature called INDIE LIFE. Modeled after Alex Cavanaugh’s awesome Insecure Writer’s Group, this will be a chance for indie authors to post about indie life, find each other, offer support, encouragement, news, helpful hints, and anything else that makes life as an indie author a little easier.
What is Indie Life?
How: Sign up on the Linky at the bottom of this page
When: Post on the second Wednesday of the month (starting 1/9/2013)
What: Write anything indie related: something that will inspire or help a fellow indie; something that celebrates a release or a milestone; something that talks about the ups and downs, joys and heartaches of Being Indie.
Grab: The banner above to include in your posts!
Because being Indie doesn’t have to mean going it alone.JOIN US FOR INDIE LIFE! (See the linky below)
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Hello Indelibles. Let me introduce myself.
If you’re new here, I will take this opportunity to tell you about myself. Just a little though, I don’t wish to bore those who join me often. I hope you might find the following a little useful too. I find it interesting to see what other’s do in their efforts to become successful indies.
Who am I and what have I published?
I’m Shah Wharton – indie (self) published author of Finding Esta – the first volume of The Supes Series. For more information on this, visit the My Books page. I published it on Amazon December 16th 2012 and encountered a complete nightmare when my buddy got in touch to tell me chapters had been swapped about. Scrivener has since then done this once more. I decided not to use it again, but after the recent update, I’m hoping this and any other issues have been ironed out. Needless to say, I panicked, choked and recalled all review copies I’d handed out, along with making an announcement to anyone who’d purchased it, to get in touch for the re-proofed edition. After many other seemingly endless issues with the file, it’s now just right. There will no doubt still be issues, but I can’t face looking at it anymore. Not for a chunk of time. I’m two/three months behind schedule on writing the follow-up – Finding Luna, but will be making a start tomorrow (or rather today, as you read this).
My marketing efforts
I have several virtual book tours under my belt, approximately 40 sales (at $2.99 each) and 80 sales (free on Smashwords recent promo) and around 15 favourable reviews out there. I published on Smashwords (mainly for the coupon service), on D2D (who brilliantly format your doc. for you and distribute to almost everywhere you’d buy an eBook from (despite being a beta company – look out for more services from these guys), and of course, Amazon (because I’d be daft not to).
I signed up with Bookrooster, which is yet to deliver, Bookbuzzr, yet to deliver, Author Marketing Club, also yet to deliver, as well as asking bloggers outright for reviews. Some delivered, others didn’t. I also made announcements on my blog, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for book bloggers with established accounts at Goodreads and Amazon to contact me for a review copy of my book, if interested. I got a lot of time-wasters (random readers without a blog or accounts anywhere, let alone the literal ability to even write an enquiry email – one read: Gimmi a copy, I see wot I do. Really?). When I explained to some how they were kind to offer their time, they didn’t fit the criteria specified in the announcements, they actually told me I should be grateful, or to get stuff, and that they’d never buy any of my books in future! I couldn’t get my breath. Seriously? Who are these people?
I’ve just posted a review request over at WLC, so we’ll see how that delivers. It helped with getting Twitter and Facebook followers. It seems like a great resource, though one I’ve yet to utilise as intended. I’m going to try to use the beta reading /critiquing forum while writing my next WIP. I really needed something like it while working on Finding Esta, so I must take advantage of this resource.
PS: I’m looking for beta readers / critiquing partners if you enjoy my genre. If you’d prefer to start from the beginning of the story, you could read Finding Esta first 😀
I did a whole host of other things to promote the book and myself as newly published author, on sites like askdavid and oh, I dunno. Anything else which claimed to promote my book for free or very little cash. It’s my first book, I became obsessed-ish. 😛 Plus I don’t really know what I’m doing so I decided if I do everything, something will work out. Not sure how to quantify the successes of any of these things individually, but I think all exposure is good exposure at this stage. Well, as long as it’s positive, and so far so good.
Please introduce yourselves to me in the comments section so that I can hop on over to you and say hi!
And now for something else: My ROW80 updates 🙂
Shah the Willing Writer
I finally have my hands on printer ink and paper. I’ve tried to reset my mangy printer, but it won’t budge. It still sucks and prints backwards. I will just have to try again with my fingers crossed that I end up with a workable copy to review/refresh my knowledge of the first draft of Finding Luna. I still have to add the ending. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into that again. It’s been a while (November 2012).
Shah the Marketing Wizz
See the next bit on publishing.
Shah the Imperfect Publisher
Haven’t sorted the tax issue because I just haven’t had the will. I have tried out Uncovered Books. We’ll see how well they market my book. At the moment they’re another new, presently in beta, company. I reckon there will be many of these kinds of companies springing up in the future, all trying to offer something to us Indie publishers/authors. It’s free and I’m all for trying something new. They presently only market to iPad/iPhone I believe, via an app they’re creating. I doesn’t affect my other distributors (Smashwords/D2D/Amazon) so I’ll see how it all turns out and let you know. I’m dragging my heels on the POD publishing just now. Although, there’s no rush according to the reported poultry sales they yield for typical indies. It’s mostly a vanity thing (for me)… I just really want a copy of my own book on my shelf and to give a copy to my mum. 😀
Shah the Pro Blogger.
I posted Building a Career as a Freelance Photographer at Beautiful Pictures, and here, the following two posts:
- Dickensian Tales of Author Success – An Indie Soap Box File
- Book Review: Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden
- Outlining from a Supremo Panster
I also updated more links for the previous and now ended VBT, which included two guest posts:
- Creating a Plausible, Consistent Supernatural World
- Bards & Sages: Ten Random Facts
And the following interviews:
I need to update my other blog – Shah’s Scribbles. In fact, I need to update my other two blogs more often. Shah’s Scribbles is more about my other writing, my poems and challenges, so I’m thinking I will post the little flash fiction piece I did for Misha’s challenge. I posted it here, but it should have been there really. I don’t really like duplicating my content, however. I may slot in into another, new post instead.
Shah the Ready Reader
I finished and reviewed Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden. I started reading Katie Salidas Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Immortalis Vampire Series #1). I’m enjoying it – it’s a quick read so I’ll be reviewing this one next I think. I have a few to review for publishers and/or tour companies after that.
Shah the Fitness Superhero (or not!)
Nothing exercise-like going on here. I’m grumpy, gaining a few pounds, not sleeping well and stressed. I need a break and can’t wait to visit UK for my birthday in April. *Sigh.
Please click the link to find fabulous #Row80 participants HERE
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