Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Well Hello CreateSpace! I Think.

I'm happy to say my book is selling, just checked and sold another one - yay!  However, I have several family members who are elderly and aren't into anything online and they want a copy of my book.  So once again after doing some research, Amazon has CreateSpace, a place where you can upload your novel and order copies and the price is fair.  I was very happy, even though I had to reformat my book again.  Kindle formats all books their way, but with CreateSpace you must send them a finished book, including the cover and back page.  So I'm almost done formatting, just trying to decide where I want to put the page numbers when I ran into a snag.  I have to send the book as a pdf.  I have no way to do that, my daughter already downloaded the trial version of Adobe Photoshop and it's expired so can't use that.  I can use Adobe Reader, it directs me to a place that I can use and I'm thinking of doing that, or I can download CutePDF and use that.  I will have to look both over again before deciding.  If I use the reader, I have to upload the file and get it back from them and I don't really like that idea, so I'm leaning toward CutePDF.  Well, will let you know how it all goes.  Think I'm going to watch a quick YouTube video on uploading to CreateSpace as well so I don't miss anything there.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Received my first review on my novel!

I've found out a lot of authors live for reviews.  They can make or break a book online.  So, I was a little nervous about the first review, after all I have no idea how my book will be received.  Sure, family love it, but you know - that's family.  I was thrilled to see I'd gotten a great review and a 5-star rating!! Woooot!!  Yay even!!  What a relief, I put so much work into that book, I wanted something worth reading and enjoying, that's what's most important.  You know I'm going to put the link to my book in again, so here it is:

To everyone who has bought a copy I say a big Thank You! 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ok So I Lowered the Price to My New Book - Hey I'm Still Learning!

When I put my novel up on Kindle, I did the research and thought I had priced it fairly.  Zombified is a full length novel, over 77k words and 39 chapters.  However, after visiting the forums and seeing what's really going on, I've decided to lower it.  I'm not sure I like what I see happening there.  There are so many books that authors are dropping the prices unbelievably low.  I worked hard on my book and the most important thing to me is that people read it, so I dropped the price (takes effect in 24 hours).  However, I would like to make a little money.  Perhaps it is wise to go low at first, build up a name for yourself, then you can set a higher price.  Guess I  will just have to wait and see how it all works out. 

If anyone has advice on any blog I've written please share, I'm all ears here! :D

Friday, April 15, 2011

Getting Your Name Out There - Full Time Job in Itself?

Ok, my book is published on Kindle and people can search for something similar and they may see it.  Common sense tells me that probably is not enough.  So, I joined Kindle's forum and created an Amazon Author Page that links to the book.  Friends and family on Facebook are spreading the word and I think them so much for that!  I blog but don't have Twitter (yet).  I know Twitter can be an important networking tool, I'm just reluctant to add another social network to my ever-growing list.  If I'm making a mistake with Twitter, please let me know how it can benefit me. 

I do have two other books in progress right now and I need time to write so perhaps I need to manage my time in a more effective manner.  I have family obligations too, such as watching my grandson during the week, and that take priority and always will.  Overall, my life is pretty busy right now, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Guess getting my name out there will be a process that takes time, just like anything else done correctly.  :D     

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My novel "Zombified" is now available on Kindle!

I am so excited to announce my book is finally published.  I began writing this book over 3 years ago, right before my sons went to Iraq.  During that time many wonderful things happened such as the birth of my graddaughter Sara, the boys returning home, my daughter graduating from high school, last year she got married and gave us a grandson, Gage, who is 11 months old.  Lots of things happened so my book wasn't given full priority for quite some time.  Was mostly a late-at-night endeavor and often got shelved for more pressing events.  I was lucky to have the title right from the beginning, sometimes that can be the hardest decision to make.

Anyway, this has been a long, sometimes difficult process.  I must say I'm extremely happy with how easy it was to use Kindle.  I'm already working on the sequel to Zombified  and an anthology of short stories - I will put them on Kindle as well.  Thanks for reading my blog, hope you will check out my book - if you have a Kindle I know right now you can sample it for free.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

After a Self-Imposed Absence I'm Back!!

I had to make changes and additions to my novel, so in order to finish it I decided I would do no online writing whatsoever - I was spread way too thin.  I have finished my novel (again) and decided to publish it on Kindle.  I do have a couple publishers that I can send it to, but after much review and research I am going to try and go it alone.  In the following weeks I hope to blog about how it goes.  It's kind of scary to put something "out there" that I've worked on for over 3 years.  What if people hate it?  Guess it's a chance I have to take and that I want to take.  I already have plans for the sequel to my first book and I also have an anthology of short stories started that I will also publish.

I have the cover done and I'm in the process of adding what's needed, such as the Dedication page.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't forget anything and that the book format will convert easily to what Kindle uses, which is html.

I am happy to be back blogging again and plan to visit all my blog friends soon to catch up!