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Old 02-10-2014, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by qwertyportne View Post
Can you recommend a book, print or digitized, you feel would be a good place for a beginner to begin?
Do you know, I don't think I can. What little I've learned is through talk with other writers, or just through trial and breaking error on my part.

I spent about three months sending out reviews, blog rolls, interviews, socialising, getting a website up, a blog, you name it. I did everything except writing, and I was ready for crashing because of it.

Then I had the simplist advice of: promote for six weeks, then get on with writing, and It's taught me to back off and let the work take care of itself.

I have to admit that Goodreads has been the best place for me, but out of all of the advertising I did, nothing worked more than just being on there as a reader myself. I don't discuss my work unless someone asks me a direct question, but I do review other books and talk to readers about books they're reading. It's not about getting personal, just enjoying reading and enjoying it with other readers.

It is good if you can connect with other authors in your genre through writing sites too. I'll do promo blogs for authors in my genre, interviews, also blog rolls. But beside that there's also chances for the likes of anthologies. There's nothing better than getting your name alongside more estalished authors in your genre.

What advice have these books given you so far?

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Originally Posted by qwertyportne View Post
Luck is such an unfortunate word! But true...
But not true.

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

I was reading a Guardian article a while ago where the book reviewer highlighted six self-published gems that he recommended. One of them he discovered after the author sent him a message on twitter saying "I'd love to know what you think of... with a link to the book. You can't buy that publicity, and no luck involved.
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Can you recommend a book, print or digitized, you feel would be a good place for a beginner to begin?
It hasn't been written yet.
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Whiskers,

Same here. I usually learn more from reading the comments attached to a blog than the blog itself, despite the differences of opinion. Or perhaps because of them, since I tend to think my approach should be somewhere between the extremes.

What do the e-books I've read say about promotion? Probably nothing you have not already discovered yourself. Most promote participation on Facebook or Twitter or forums for writers in one genre or another.

But I like your suggestions about Good Reads, because I have gradually moved away from the idea of promoting my e-books to writers and towards promoting them to readers. I think it's fair to say writers want to sell whereas readers want to buy.

I'm more interested in acquiring an audience for my writing, not money. But I've had several friends tell me not to make my e-books free because that could send the message to readers that my e-book isn't worth buying.
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I'm more interested in acquiring an audience for my writing, not money. But I've had several friends tell me not to make my e-books free because that could send the message to readers that my e-book isn't worth buying.
Writing some for free is an excellent way to reach readers. I know a few authors here who have done it. Me too. I'm no good at formatting etc, though, so mine went via Goodreads. (Some of the groups (depending on genre) sometimes have an author-readr challenge: a reader will post a photo and a writer clams it and writes the story. The goodreads group running it them rduces all the shorts individually first, then later in anthologies. BUT, and it's a big but, I've only seen this done for y genre: erotic romance.) If this isn't your genre, you might have just have to find the group on Goodreads in your genre and see what they offer.

But for shorts through the likes of Amazon? Sure. If I knew how, I would.

The quality of your work shouldn't slip because it's free, and you can use a little a space in the free works to advertise your paid work.

But an opportunity is an opportunity.
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Alex,

Didn't pick up your thread until page 2 so I didn't respond to your exact question. Sorry.

1- Last year, I began publishing e-books on the Kindle platform at Amazon using the Atlantis word processor because Amazon allows uploads in the epub format, which gives me a bit more room to fine-tune my documents than does Word with their doc format.

2- I considered Smashwords but they do not distribute e-books to Amazon, and did not allow uploads in the epub format. And the name of the program they use to convert Word docs to the various formats of their distributors (epub, mobi and so forth) is "Meatgrinder." Yikes! That alone sounds scary.

3- Early this year, I discovered Smashwords now allows uploads in the epub format. So I once again considered publishing a few of my e-books at Smashwords. Even though they don't distribute to Amazon, they do make Kindle-compatible books available on their site. And several independent authors told me lots of readers go to Smashwords to buy books for their Kindle. And it makes sense to publish with as many distributors as possible to give our writing the widest exposure possible.

3- But then I discovered Smashwords does not convert uploads in the epub format to any of the other formats (B&N, Sony, Apple). So that removes one reason for publishing anywhere but Amazon. And I'm really not very enthusiastic about uploading a book in the doc format, then holding my breath while the Meatgrinder chews it up.

Hope this speaks a bit more specifically to your question.
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Writing some for free is an excellent way to reach readers... and you can use a little a space in the free works to advertise your paid work.
Thanks for that. So true, and I do put a page at the back of each with small graphics and teasers to check out other books I've published. I've got only a few more weeks before several of my books are no longer in the KDP Select program. Not only am I uncomfortable with their exclusive right to sell my books, I have no evidence it has made them more discoverable. So despite my reluctance to publish a few elsewhere, I think I'll do a "test" run with a few "free" books at Smashwords. Don't look forward to dealing with their Meatgrinder, though. And thanks again for the comments about Goodreads. That's in my IN box of things to do, soon.
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I'm thinking about publishing my short story using some eBook, I'm trying to find out which is the best one. Do they do your marketing for you?
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