Gulp! I have self-published High-Heels And Slippers as an ebook. And it feels super-scary and super-exciting at the same time. And it has been a HUGE learning curve!
I’d been thinking about it for a while but had stalled because of the fear of rejection and the negative image that self-publishing has had in the past. But all that has changed, more and more people are using ereaders and with that authors now have the opportunity to put their work out there, if they choose, without the middle man. There is no doubt that the world of publishing is changing and I decided to take advantage of that.
I am not a computer whizz by any stretch of the imagination. A lot of time was spent stressing over the formatting. I downloaded software and taught myself about the difference between a word document, epub and html. There’s so much information available and thank goodness most of it in comprehensible for a computer-dummy like me! I bought my ISBN numbers, I set up accounts on Smashwords, Amazon Kindle and Pubit. I read ebooks on epublishing and emarketing – which I’m still reading of course!
There was so much to learn and at times I thought my head would explode! I have to say that I found the Smashwords StyleGuide by Mark Coker essential reading and would highly recommend anyone thinking of epublishing their book to read it – here’s the link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52 There is also a marketing guide which is very useful: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/305 They are both FREE!
After the initial struggles, the rest of the process was relatively easy. In less than 24 hours my book for sale on both the Amazon and Smashwords websites! I put a link on my Facebook page and almost immediately someone bought my book – it was incredible! Since then I’ve had some more sales – it feels amazing after three years of work that there are people out there reading my book!
I’m not sure whether self-epublishing will ever replace the benefits of having a professional agent though, obviously it’s a huge benefit to be able to access the wealth of information and contact that someone in the world of publishing has. But I do think self-publishing my book and having it out there in accessible to the public is much better than having it sitting on my computer hard-drive or stuck in an agent’s slush-pile.
Now of course I’m working on my marketing strategy and I’m waiting for the feedback – eek! I must confess to bouts of panic as I wonder what the response will be. It will be the feedback of the readers who will determine the success of my book.
Ultimately though, I feel empowered by my epublishing experience and I’m so glad I took the plunge!
What about you? Are you thinking of breaking out into the world of epublishing? Or are you too apprehensive? Maybe you already have? Is it working for you? I would love to hear about your epublishing experience!