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Self Publishing is Not for the Faint of Heart with Magda Alexander
Posted By Robin Covington On June 25, 2014 @ 12:01 am In Genres,Publishing Career,Romantic Suspense,Self-Publishing | 6 Comments
Have you taken the self publishing leap? Not sure how to get started? Magda Alexander joins us to get you on the right track.
Self-Publishing is not for the Faint of Heart
You need to wear several hats–that of writer, publisher, and marketing guru. Can it be done? Of course. But you must be willing to roll up your sleeves and get the work done.
You must polish your book until it shines which means finding an editor. Or two. You will need to determine which type(s) you need.
So how do you find an editor?
As a publisher (and yes, you are the publisher of your book), you will need a cover and a formatter.
So you have your book written, edited, book cover done, and book formatted and uploaded. Now what? Marketing!
Although it’s becoming easier and more fun, this is the hardest part for me. First of all, you will need social media to spread the word about your book and your author brand. If you don’t have a brand, figure one out. At the very least, you will need a website, Facebook, Goodreads and a Twitter account. But lots of people also participate in Linked in, Google circles, Pinterest, Instagram, and the list goes on and on. I mainly use the first three, with the occasional Twitter post.
Second, you will need to spread the word about your book and you. Some people book blog tours. Others advertise. You can blow a fortune doing these things. Before you spend a dime, talk to people and find out what works. An almost sure venue is Bookbub. But it’s really hard to get.
My personal experience with self-publishing has been very rewarding. I published STORM DAMAGES, the first book in the Storm Damages series, in July 2013. Two books followed, STORM RAVAGED and STORM REDEMPTION. I joined 9 authors and just released PASSIONATE KISSES, a multi-author boxed set. During the last 11 months, I’ve sold over 25,000 books (not counting the boxed set) and given away over 14,000 free downloads. My sales exponentially grew every time I released a new book.
In October, I will teach a workshop for the Maryland Romance Writers entitled “Self-Publishing on a Shoestring.” If you’re interested in taking the class, here’s the link to the workshop: http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/self-publishing-on-a-shoestring/ 
If you wish to find more information about self-publishing, I highly recommend The Naked Truth about Self-Publishing by numerous romance authors and the Indie Author Survival Guide by Susan Kaye Quinn.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org  if you have questions about anything I covered in this article.
Are you ready to self publish? Why or why not?
On Friday Jeannie Moon will be here to talk about time management.
Magda Alexander writes the bestselling, contemporary romantic suspense STORM DAMAGES series. She loves not only writing steamy romances, but reading them as well. A lifelong learner, she graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Administration (because her family had to eat) and a minor in English (because she needed to dream). She currently resides in a city in Maryland which dates back to colonial times.
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 The Business of Self Publishing by HP Mallory: http://romanceuniversity.org/2012/06/25/the-business-of-self-publishing-by-hp-mallory/
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