Saturday, March 19, 2011

First Adventures of "Indie" Publishing.

All at the same time last week, I finished my last semester of college and published my novel "Vallar". This meant taking 2 exams, finishing my externship and figuring out all the guidelines for Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Smashwords has the most cumbersome guidelines of them all. They have a 70 some page guide on how to format before uploading. I have an urge to re-write the whole thing and sell it. It would probably be three pages long. Meanwhile, "Premium" status is still pending even though I don't have any errors. This is even though I submitted it Monday. Then my novel never appeared on the new releases/science fiction, section. So that was rather disappointing. I sent Smashwords a question about it four days ago and never heard a word.

The load for Amazon Kindle went fairly smooth. It took awhile for my book to be searchable, which confused the heck out of me. I didn't know if it was a delay or a glitch, but at least it's searchable now.

I liked the simplified loading directions for the  Barnes and Noble Nook. My book is for sale over there too, but guess what, no cover. They have some specifics as far as pixel size and it won't upload unless you have it right, so I have to go back over there and fix it.

Then with all this excitement (over what I don't know), I kept waking up around three in the morning, thinking and thinking....and wanting to check my email. So by Friday evening, I looked like that lion above. Doesn't she look comfortable?

Why is my book only .99 cents? I've noticed that some people think that means the book is cheap and horrible. But if you go look on the best selling Kindle books you will see many at .99 cents. I also know of a couple people making a lot of money using the .99 method. Enough money to live on. Plus I can see others doing the same. I know of some authors that didn't sell as much by charging more, so after weighing the facts, this is what I went with.


Stephanie Jones said...

Congrats with finishing college (I'm struggling with that myself) and good luck with your new book! I hope it sells really well :)

Rusty Webb said...

Congrats with your accomplishments. I'm now a proud owner of Vallar on Kindle.

As for pricing, I struggle with the .99 cent thing. It feels too little. I'd be more comfortable with that being the price for shorter pieces of fiction. That said, it does feel like a bargain, which is why I picked it up without so much as a sample view first. I think several folks put one book at .99 and their rest at $2.99 in hopes of reeling the readers in that way.

Plus, at least with amazon, I think the royalty rate is much better with 2.99. So you get to keep way more of the money.

Anyhow, I have a few other books queued up to read first, so I won't get to it for a bit, but I am looking forward to reading.

Cinders said...

Thanks Rusty!

I know what you mean about the price thing. Considering all the work I put into it, it does feel like too little. It was a hard decision to make. But I know of some writers who made more by dropping the price. One of them even got into the top 20 in science fiction on Kindle. Yet, I hear others getting the idea it's low quality. It's a hard call to make.

The sequel will be more...when I finish it.

I hope you enjoy Vallar.

J.L. Campbell said...

I didn't realize that you had to different uploads for the different outlets, but I'm only just beginning to research the whole business of indie publishing.

Yeah, 99 cents does sound like a small amount, but if you can get the numbers then hopefully it'll all make sense and then there's the matter of pricing yourself out of the market if the cost is too high. Decisions, decisions!

CherylAnne Ham said...

I think the price of $.99 makes it an easy impulse buy for most people. Like Rusty said, it's an easy decision to make w/o even sampling. Good luck with the book. Hopefully your sales will soar! :)

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