Posts Tagged "self publishing"

Let’s talk money: What I’m earning from self-publishing my book

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Writing | 18 comments

Let’s talk money: What I’m earning from self-publishing my book

Yesterday I laid out the details of what I’ve spent self-publishing my latest book, Love at the Speed of Email. So far, it’s cost me about $3500.00 to bring this book to market. The other side of the equation, of course, is what I might earn from it. Here are some interesting facts on the “earnings” side of the money equation.  Setting the price I decided to price the paperback at $12.95 and the e-book at $9.99. At those prices I earn about $3.50 every time someone buys a paperback from Amazon. I earn about $6 when they buy a paperback straight from Createspace. I earn about $5 for...

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Let’s talk money: What it cost me to self-publish my book

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Writing | 27 comments

Let’s talk money: What it cost me to self-publish my book

What is it about money that makes talking about it so hard? As I sit down to write this, I feel like I’m about to write a personal post about sex. In fact, I’ve been wondering for a while now whether to write this post at all, but then I realized that this is exactly the sort of post I wanted to read eight months ago when I first decided to self publish my next book. So, all you folks who are thinking about self-publishing a book, this is for you. Today I’m going to tell you exactly what it cost me to self-publish Love at the Speed of Email and share six lessons that I learned along the...

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Writing In Between: Too much of God, or not enough?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Writing | 12 comments

Writing In Between: Too much of God, or not enough?

I’ve been up since 5:40 this morning. This would be great for getting a jump on the week’s work if I hadn’t also been up at midnight and 4am. And to top it all off (or maybe I should say “kick it all off”) I didn’t get to sleep until well after 11 the first time around. I blame Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche for that one. I’m reading her book Half Of A Yellow Sun. It’s excellent, but it’s set during the Nigerian/Biafran war and I should have known better – ever since Dominic’s birth this stuff just slays me. So I’m too tired this morning to do much more than post a couple of...

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“How do you feel about your child reading your memoir?” and other such questions

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Writing | 4 comments

“How do you feel about your child reading your memoir?” and other such questions

So I was going to write about post-launch letdown this week (which has struck with a vengeance, despite the fact that the launch is going very well) but that’s going to have to wait. I’ve been very busy, you see, doing important things like putting tiny sock puppets on my toes to amuse His Royal Babyness. And trying to teach him the meaning of the phrases, “No, books stay on shelves” and “stay off the stairs” (totally failing on both those fronts, by the way). I’ve also been avoiding the computer in the afternoons and actually reading other people’s books for a change...

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Six tips for marketing self-published books

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Writing | 8 comments

Six tips for marketing self-published books

Last Wednesday I wrote about the challenge that marketing can be for self-publishing authors. I asked what you would do if you were in charge of marketing my memoir, Love At The Speed Of Email, and was flooded with responses. Well, not exactly. But that’s not surprising. It’s a hard question for me to answer, and I know the book better than anyone. It’s also hard to think of ways to get the word out there without being overly and annoyingly self-promoting. The one person who tackled the question I asked last week suggested leaning toward authenticity whenever possible. I think that is...

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Marketing yourself and your work

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Writing | 15 comments

Marketing yourself and your work

When I signed the contract five years ago for My Hands Came Away Red I had ridiculously little idea about what went into getting a book out there. As far as I was concerned, I’d done my part by writing the thing and whatever happened next was up to the publishers – I was just along for the “fun and games” ride. Against all odds, this actually worked out quite well for me. Moody Publishers got me reviewed, printed marketing materials, organized radio interviews, hosted me at trade shows and even got me on the cover of a magazine. I got into the spirit of things and organized a couple...

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And The Title Is…

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Writing | 14 comments

And The Title Is…

I find book titles hard. I spent a decade working on my first novel and I still didn’t have a title I liked when I submitted it to publishers. This turned out not to be a problem. In fact, when I was offered a contract I was surprised to learn that publishers generally retain the right to title (or re-title) your book and design its cover any way they see fit. It’s not completely unheard of for authors to hate the title or cover that clothes their work. Luckily that didn’t happen to me. I loved both the title and the cover that Moody Publishers came up with for my hands came away red...

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Surprise endings and a fish foot massage (A Writing Wednesday post)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Writing | 4 comments

Surprise endings and a fish foot massage (A Writing Wednesday post)

Yes, that is a picture of Mike in Cambodia, reading my manuscript while fish nibble at his feet. That was more than a year ago, and if you’d told me then I’d still be fine tuning this book 13 months later I may just have jumped into the pond and let the fish have me. Sometimes it’s a good thing that we don’t fully realize in advance just how much work is in store for us when we follow our passions. On Sunday Mike hung with Baby Bear while I wrestled with the ending of my memoir. This has to be at least the tenth time I’ve gone through this manuscript in the last two years. I thought...

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A Big Decision: Writing Wednesday

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Writing | 12 comments

A Big Decision: Writing Wednesday

Last Wednesday, I wrote about how some editors wanted me to turn my memoir into a novel. It seems that I first wrote a novel that reads like a memoir (more than once my hands came away red has been mistaken for my personal story, which has led to some awkward encounters with lovely old ladies who have patted me on the shoulder and told me that they’ve been praying for me as I recover from all that trauma). Now, instead, I’ve written a memoir that reads like a novel. I decided not to fictionalize the memoir, which left me with two options. I could either wait – shelve this book and hope...

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On editing and rewrites

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Writing | 2 comments

On editing and rewrites

It’s 8:30am. My child has been lying in his crib, smiling and gurgling at the ceiling for the last ten minutes. Now he’s gazing at me across the room while his eyes drift shut. I lovelovelove these parental moments. Huh. Now trying to think of parental moment from the last two days that I have loveloveloved that did not involve a content child safely contained in bed while I was on my laptop. You know, one where I was actually interacting with him. I’ll have to get back to you on that, because I’m not here today to write about him. Nor am I here to write about me – though let me...

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