When I decided to become an author some 12 years ago, I didn’t think I’d end up starting my own publishing house to publish my books. So in addition to the artistic process, I find myself dealing with the business of selling and promoting my debut novel The Little Light.
Despite all the bad press that Amazon gets, I don’t believe I would have been able to publish my book if not for their KDP program. When I tried to get published the traditional way in 2013, I collected over 200 rejections letters that I imprinted into my broken heart. I said goodbye to my childhood dream and decided that I was better off doing something else.
Now that my book’s been published, it’s time to sell it. Oh yes. It’s time to get THE LITTLE LIGHT into the hands of readers and customers. My ebook was released on 6th June, and the paperback was released on the 8th. It was quite the ordeal to put it all together. Most people have no idea the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make your dream come true.
I don’t know what will happen when my debut novel is finally launched, but I’ve enjoyed the journey – even the difficult, frustrating bits. I’ve learnt so much about how books are made, and I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing people to bring my vision to life. It’s been wild. It’s been grand.
There’s a huge difference between gambling and making an investment. Gambling is playing with luck in the hope that things will turn out in your favour. Making an investment is pouring resources into someone or something with the expectation that it will generate a return based on the information you presently have. But some investments we make inevitably end up generating losses. So what do we do?
Thanks to the sharing economy, there are a plethora of options for you to choose from when you’re deciding to hire freelancers. In fact, there are so many options that it can be overwhelming for the debut author to know where to start. This was my journey.
They say never judge a book by its cover, but we all do. And in this age of social media mayhem, you better take the design of your book cover seriously. Amazon and other websites do offer DIY book covers, but I personally don’t recommend it. It’s too big of a risk to do a shoddy job on something so important.