The almost-daily blogs from April 7-13 that you read here have brought results! And I promised to share…
If you recall, my newest book is How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days and I was sending it to the ancillary publishers, in fact doing precisely what the book explains how to do! (It feels kind of incestuous.)
Let’s go through each of the publishers:
LSI. The ebook was out in a day. The bound book is in limbo, but seems to have been accepted by them and is being sold through their system. Awaiting clarification.
Lulu: The ebook (download of the bound book) is available. I got the bound book proof in a week, I OKed it, and it’s now for sale there. Did a nice job on the proof.
CreateSpace: Again, it took about a week until a dandy proof arrived, two days ago. I Oked it yesterday, and it should be on sale about now.
Kindle: It had a few of the usual goofy errors in it when I reviewed it upon submission, so I did most of what they said in their guide, sent it again–and it’s available, I’m told. Ebook, of course.
Smashwords: A bit slow here, but it must be OK or I would have heard, I think. They translate the book into about eight digital reader tongues. It’s all digital.
Scribd: The book appeared the moment I posted it. I just checked and it has been looked at by 129 people, and amazingly none of them found it so compelling they bought it. I think I opened it up for 15-20% of it to be reviewed. Maybe that’s all they needed! I like Scribd but I may actually throw a party if any of my books results in a sale. Lots of lookers there…
Blurb: Not the right readers there so I didn’t submit it. But I would if it was a travel or wedding book, a cookbook, or anything with a lot of art in it.
No money yet. It usually takes 90 days, about the time it takes writers to starve.
The bound book is en route, I’m told, from Saline, Michigan, to begin our own marketing. The digital version has been selling very well, mostly to my newsletter folk. I just sent off an ezine article to the major ezine magazine and newsletter editors. I’ll discuss this later at the blog.
If all of this sounds a bit dull–no bands amarch at the book being salable!–it’s really quite typical. The best noise starts once we get our promotion afoot, and I don’t do that until the bound book is at hand: next week. In the meantime, we’re letting these publishers put their editions out and do any inside promotion they do, and we’re giving them time to let the major houses know the book exists and is ready to sell.
I’ll provide reviews from time to time. Like at pay day.