Resolutions Or Misfires?

Eat less.

Read more.

Be nicer to the person at work who picks their nose in public.

You know, the usual New Year’s resolutions we all make. And break. And then kick ourselves over.

Well, this year, I’ve made a solid. Namely, to write more and veg-out less. With the audience I’ve been afforded, I want to steward your attention by providing life-giving, beneficial content more frequently. It requires a considerable amount of self-discipline and creativity. But, frankly, you’re worth it.

While I won’t be blogging every day, I will be blogging more. (Thanks to my friend Mike Kim for inspiring me there; he puts out some amazing stuff). And my goal is at least to get two new books out this year:

1.) The Creatives: Coaching Artisans Who Influence Society

2.) The Sky Riders Book II: Raising Thendara

I’d also like to complete another non-fiction work entitled Loud and Clear: Hearing God’s Voice When He Seems to Be Muted, but that may or may not happen. I’m at least accountable to you on the first two books. Cool?

What is (or was) one of your New Year’s resolutions? Let’s keep each other accountable.

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Local Author Self-Publishes New Novel

PRESS RELEASE:
For release on Tuesday, September 10th.
For additional information or interview, contact Rebekah Berthet or Candy Shaw: (315) 788-0825

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WATERTOWN, NY – Christopher Hopper signs a fans book at The Vault in New Life Christian Church. Photo by Joseph Gilchrist.

Local Author Self-Publishes New Novel

CLAYTON, NY – What do vintage airships, giant birds, floating cloud cities and steam-powered engines all have in common? If you guessed local author Christopher Hopper’s new steampunk epic, then you’d be spot on. The Sky Riders, Hopper’s seventh novel to date, hits digital and physical bookshelves today via Amazon.

“This is really exciting for me,” says Hopper, a resident of the Town of Clayton. “From right here in the 1000 Islands, I get to publish my novels worldwide, all because technology has made it easier to reach fans.”

Formerly with traditional legacy publishers like Thomas Nelson Inc. and Tsaba House Inc., Hopper is one of the growing body of writers who’ve jumped ship to self-publish. Bowker Identifier Services reports that there are over 235,000 self-published titles now for sale, a 287% growth surge since 2006. And with entities like Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace—both Amazon companies—self-publishing for digital and print has become more accessible, and more lucrative. Bookstats reported that 2012 sales figures of ebooks hit $3.04 billion, which gives Hopper even more reason to be excited.

“Where you’d only make between 8-15% with a legacy publisher,” says Hopper, “my lowest royalty bracket with self-publishing is 30%, and my highest is 70%.”

While some ask Hopper about the readers he’s missing out on by abandoning the traditional publishing route, he’s quick to correct them. “I was missing huge amounts of readers with traditional publishing, as they were mainly targeting book stores. Today, I have instant distribution to millions of Kindle and Nook readers, and sales up are up over 300% from my legacy publishing days. The bottom line is that I’m reaching more readers with less work than ever before.”

Thinking of self-publishing your own title? Not so fast. “It’s a lot of work,” admits Hopper. “But outsourcing exterior and interior design, for example, as well as shopping for editing services, can help people where they might be weak.”

If you’re still wondering just how to self-publish through something like Amazon, Hopper has an answer for that too. He published his Handbook to Publishing Your Novel ebook last December.

From where Hopper sits atop his floating cloud cities in his fictional world, the future is bright for readers and authors alike, and the return is anything but make believe.

The Sky Riders is available locally at The Vault in New Life Christian Church, as well as online at http://www.christopherhopper.com. •

TSR Comes out Tomorrow!

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Hello, my amazingly faithful Readers!

Tomorrow is the big day: the official release of my 7th full-length novel, The Sky Riders. Even just ten years ago, had you told me that one day I’d not only publish a single novel over 100,000 words, but seven, I would have laughed in your face. So each and every time this “book release” occasion comes around, I’m even more indebted to the following:

• God, for humoring my inabilities with his abilities to produce capabilities.

• My wife and children, for allowing me to spend the long hours needed on my laptop at absurd hours of the day (and night).

• My English teachers, notably Dawn Sandquist and Margaret Grace, who poured into me even when I gave them the deer-in-the-headlights look.

• My writing companions and tour mates who encouraged, taught, corrected and inspired me to grow as a writer: Wayne Thomas Batson, Donita K. Paul, Eric Reinhold, Jonathan Rogers, L.B. Graham, Bryan Davis, Sharon Hinck, Gregg Wooding, and Christopher and Allan Miller.

• Former publishers who gave me a shot when I didn’t deserve one: Pam Schwagerl (Tsaba House Inc.), and everyone at Thomas Nelson Inc.

J.A. Konrath for enticing all of us legacy published writers to jump ship and dive into the self-publishing revolution.

Michael A. Stackpole for his abundant wealth of knowledge which he continually gives away for free, but has cost him years of development.

• My Proofies who have leant their selfless eyes to the ARCs I put out. You make me shine.

• The Inkblots, in all our various forms, who met (and will meet again) over pub tables to discuss writing, life and the future.

• The amazing staff, board and congregation of my church, New Life, for believing that my writings are just as much ministry as counseling someone in my office.

• My friends Peter Hopper (and dad), Kirk Gilchrist, Douglas Gresham, Brett Peryer, David Buckles, Joseph Gilchrist, Tony Hayner, Jason Clement, Nathan Reimer, Denis Johnson and Nate Cronk for their conversations, musings and creativity that have inspired me to think hard and dig deep.

And lastly, to my readers. I write every word with you in mind, and couldn’t continue writing without you literally paying my bills. I’m blessed I get to do things I love for a living. It amazes me every day, and I pray I never take it for granted.

Thanks to everyone for purchasing the new book, spreading the word, and leaving honest reviews. (When referencing The Sky Riders on Twitter or Instagram, please try and use #theskyriders or #TSR).

Fly or die,

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Freebies: TSR Banners and Wallpaper

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Who doesn’t like free stuff?

I thought it’d be fun to give away some desktop wallpapers, which incorporate some of my drawings from my notebooks with the book’s graphic design. The result is 5 different wallpapers that you can dress up your computer with to show your Kili-Boranna spirit.

And if you want to go a step further and tag your blog or website, you’ll also find a full range of banners (including HTML code for the true geeks among you).

Check it all out here.

If you want a wallpaper or banner that you don’t see, let me know. I might be able to make it for you.

Thanks for all your support in prepping for this book’s launch into the skies above Aria-Prime.

Fly or die,

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The Sky Riders (TSR): Progress Report

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Jason Clement and I took the morning to work on our respective projects while onboard AireFire 1 yesterday. A sailboat in the beautiful 1000 Islands is about as peaceful a work environment as I can think of. While we got a lot done, we’d both confess we could have stayed longer.

I’m about 35% of the way done with the 1,200 edits logged by my Proofies on The Sky Riders (book 1). If you’re an artist of any kind, red ink can often be the bane of our existence. But don’t let it scare you. Corrections don’t point out your flaws so much as reveal the beauty of your work. With every correction I address, I can feel this manuscript getting cleaner and more effective. It’s exciting!

All edits will be done by week’s end; then it’s on to interior formatting and cover design. Target release date is Tuesday, September 10th. Stay tuned!

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Handbook to Publishing Your Novel


I’m pleased to announce that my newest ebook, Handbook to Publishing Your Novel: A step-by-step practical guide on how I self-published my books after leaving traditional publishing, is out on Kindle. This release come with a big thanks to the continual prompting and encouragement from a slew of fans and close friends. When tweeting about it, please use the hashtag #HPYN.

While the bulk of the content of the manuscript already exists here on my site as freely accessible posts, I received a substantial amount of feedback saying people would gladly pay $0.99 (and more) for the information if it was assembled in an ebook. After many months of delays, I finally buckled down and finished it, and have kept the ebook at $0.99 because I want as many people being equipped as possible.

I already feel some of the information is out of date, and at the rate of acceleration the publishing world is in, that could be said of a product posted last month. As such, I hope the comment’s section fills up over time with questions until such point that a second edition is deemed necessary.

For those unfamiliar with the nature of this ebook, here’s the back matter:

This 10,000 word ebook is a collection of personal writings and blog posts documenting my journey through self-publishing my novels. After having my books published by two different traditional publishers, I realized that aside from having a built-in sales network, they weren’t really doing anything for me that I couldn’t do just as well, if not better. As such, I’ll cover: editing, interior design, cover design, publishing for print, publishing for ebooks, and marketing.

While some how-to books have the reputation of being obtuse, obnoxious, and providing little in the way of meaningful content, my hope here was to give simple and easy to understand tips in what it took me to get my novels online in both print and digital form. Likewise, you can keep in touch with me via my website as this ebook slowly becomes obsolete (which it will, given the nature of the advancement of digital technology). I’m just one author trying to help other authors make it on their own.

So if you’re a writer and looking for help through the process of getting your first manuscript out to the public, or if you know someone who is, I hope this little ebook is a valuable resource. Let me know what you think!

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IN ADDITION: I feel it’s worth noting for the tech-savvy, would-be content creator out there, that while I emphasize the use of Adobe InDesign for layout in HPYN, this entire ebook was assembled in Microsoft Word and uploaded as a .docx file. It was painless, simple, and has a solid result. So it can be done, and pretty quickly; InDesign simply gives you more power, especially when laying out for print, thus why I lean heavily toward it.

Original Sketch of Dionia

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A little something noteworthy for TWLC fans:

One of my day-off projects this afternoon was that of gutting and relocating my mammoth bookshelf from one place in our bedroom to another.

The process as an adult is much the same as it was when I was a teen. But instead of my mom “forcefully requesting” me to pick everything up, or my father admonishing me with his ever-practical phrase of, “A place for everything, and everything in its place,” I have a wife who said to me, “All that right there [waving her hand], is not working.”

In other words, pick it up, you bum.

As I cleaned, I couldn’t help but sense the nostalgic emotions often associated with happening upon an old trinket from a loved one, a box stuffed with handwritten notes, or a dated birthday card from an old friend.

My favorite find of the day was happening upon my original notebook for The White Lion Chronicles. While most of the entries were about ten years old, many of the references were to even early concepts dating to 1996. My favorite page was a sketch of Dionia’s map as I first envisioned it.

It’s interesting to review names on it that were changed when I penned the manuscripts. Bor Isle would eventually become The Isle of Kirstel, while the Kaddrak Mountains would be renamed as the realm of Tontha.

But most poignant is the quote at the top of the page’s header, one heavily influenced by a concept I’d adopted from Tolkien:

I believe this wonderful world of Dionia is not something for me to create, but rather, its that the people and this culture already exist and simply need to be discovered.

Journaling about a project is nearly as important as finishing a project. Without finishing, we can not inform the souls of others; without documenting, we can not inform our own.

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#tToU Release Date: 09.15.2012

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That’s right Elves of Berinfell! The Tide of Unmaking debut is nearly upon us, now just a few short days away. Sir Wayne and I shall be unveiling our latest creation this Thursday morning (as long as Lord Asp doesn’t find a way to put a wrinkle in our efforts), with the ebook versions following a few days behind (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad, Droid, iPhone, etc). Price points will be $14.99 for the paperback, and $2.99 for the digital editions.

As a personal favor, we’re asking all our fans to purchase directly through our CreateSpace/Amazon store here. It’s the same price and great customer service for you, and a better rate for us.

Thank you for your faithfulness to this story, and your love of the series. You’re why we write.

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Kindle: The Skeleton Project

When you work closely with someone, you sometimes take for granted that they have other ideas besides the ones you’re developing together.

Oh. Wayne Thomas Batson writes other incredible stuff besides The Berinfell Prophecies.

So I get this info in an email late last night:

If you’re a Wayne Thomas Batson reader, rejoice! Gone are the days of waiting a year for the next story. While working on several novels to hit the shelves later this year, Mr. Batson is releasing a whole array of new stories on Kindle (and then other formats).

The first release is The Skeleton Project, a quirky, scifi, mystery thriller with a wee bit of humor. The Skeleton Project is now live on Amazon for just $1.29!

I’m already a third of the way through this short story and loving it. If this is a sign of the sort of serial-storytelling that we can expect from Wayne in the future, bring it on. ch:

Review Athera’s Dawn


Would you mind reviewing Athera’s Dawn on Amazon?

Yes, reviews help sell books. Because people take them seriously.

So I’m asking for those who’ve read the book to take five minutes and write a simple review of your impressions.

Sure, if you hated it, please abstain from writing a review, though I can’t stop you. That’s the beauty of capitalism in a free-market. However I’d sure appreciate positive reviews.

Thanks in advance!

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Experimenting with KDP Select’s Free Promo Days

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Some of you on Twitter may have noticed a few tweets go out early in the morning announcing RISE OF THE DIBOR was on the Kindle for free.

It was all true.

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) has added a new program (“Select”), which allows ebooks to enter an exclusive 3-month minimum “borrowing library,” in which the readers get to borrow the books and the authors split a pot of funds.

It’s a great way to get titles circulating.

But KDP Select also allows you to promote each of your titles for free up five times during their 3-month stay. The catch is, you don’t make any money on sales during those particular days. So why would an author want to do that?

Perhaps a better question is, why wouldn’t an author want to do that?

After gleaning insights from numerous authors on the subject, I decided to commence a little experimenting of my own.

I pulled The White Lion Chronicles from all other retailers (part of KDP Select’s exclusivity policy), and have scheduled a few “free days” in the upcoming three months. Yesterday was merely an attempt at seeing how many downloads would be generated from being listed on Kindle’s free books page without any major marketing push on my end. Granted, in looking for a “control” in my experiment, I shouldn’t have tweeted anything; however I forget I’d previously scheduled a few tweets targeting a handful of free Kindle ebook Tweeters.

Oops.

How much traffic those tweets generated I’ll never know. Except I may or may not have another free ROTD coming up which I won’t be saying anything about (if in fact there was something to announce, which there may or may not be), in the hopes of comparing numbers.

Future free days lay ahead for all three books. And those will be accompanied with larger marketing campaigns, and yes, more Tweets.

What’s the logic behind giving books away for free when I could be making money off them?

Glad you asked.

I think it’s safe to say that by now most of my fans who wanted ATHERA’S DAWN, or any of the other books in the series, have already purchased them. They’ve been out for a few months either as a gorgeous print edition, or as a low-priced ebook available on all formats.

Yet the Kindle reading audience is in the millions.

Millions.

Yesterday ROTD went into the hands of about 1,000 people. Assuming there are a few fans of mine out there who haven’t pulled the trigger on the already low price of $2.99, most of those downloads are new people. And potentially new fans.

Two things happen:

1.) They start talking. If the book is truly good – and capitalism has a way of weeding out good from bad stories and good from bad writing – then it will spread. And so will future sales.

2.) The book’s ranking, ratings, and reviews have the potential to increase, all actions that beget more activity and get the book in more peoples’ hands.

I’m hoping the next big push gets free copies into the hands of thousands of readers – perhaps tens of thousands of readers. Because even then I have only begun to scratch the surface of just how many eyes are on the other side of a Kindle enabled reading device.

Keep your eyes peeled.

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Getting Bit By What You Want

I had people comment, write emails, a few in-person inquiries, and send text messages (you all know who you are) requesting that I compile last week’s posts in an ebook. While I argued it was already available for free on my blog, there seemed to be a consensus that an aggregated collection was an attractive option. It was even suggested that $.99 was a small price to pay for the work, especially if there was some bonus content.

While I couldn’t come up with a whole lot in the way of bonus content (thanks for the ideas Gabe), one thought was staring me in the face: the final, unwritten post.

So I’ve decided to hold off my last post on promotion and social media for the $.99 ebook.

Cruel, I know. But I suppose you all have yourselves to thank for it. Or at least some of yourselves. Perhaps your grand idea jumped up and bit you in the buttocks; I was quite content to leave it alone. But you have to admit, it is a good idea. (Thanks y’all).

Needless to say I’m trying to turn this small document around in record time. All my faithful readers will be the first to know when How To Self Publish Your Book: A Real Life Guide On How A Real Life Guy Self Published His Novels live. Thanks for the inspiration; you’re a true example of social media pressure changing the course of history. Or at least my mind.

For now, you socially-persuasive minions (and I mean that in the most affectionate of ways: think Despicable Me) can help me decide upon a byline. The cover above? Or the one below? ch:

A Guide to Self-Publishing: Publishing eBooks

This one is the big kahuna. The full monty. The one that got away…

…but not this time.

This time you snagged it, reeled it in, and grilled it for dinner.

This is the future of book publishing, and we are living in it. It has never been easier for a writer to reach millions of people globally than it is right now. Amazon continues to push its prices lower on Kindles and get them into as many hands as possible. And contrary to recent statements by union-type elites loyal to the author and consumer gouging practices of the Big 6, successful companies that verge on monopolizing any field do not raise prices but lower them. Consumers and creators benefit. As J.A. Konrath so unabashedly pointed out, it’s cartels and unions that are suffering, and are therefore throwing a hissy fit.

What’s the point?

The fact that you’re missing out on free money as I type this should be at least one motivating factor in getting you to start, finish, or prepare your manuscript for sale as an ebook. Yes, I write because I believe words change culture; I also write because I am compelled to be obedient to what I sense the Holy Spirit is calling me to, and to steward the talent he’s given me; as a blood-bought Christian, I will receive a reward (or lack thereof) in proportion to how I stewarded my gifts here on planet Earth. But I also write because it’s added income for my family, and as a husband and father I care a great deal about being faithful to them. You may not share my spiritual beliefs, but you probably share some of my economic ones.

Selling ebooks is probably the simplest, fastest, and most expansive return on my writing investment I’ve seen yet.

Granted, some authors will sell only a very little. Good books sell, and you should never fault consumers for poor sales performance. Other authors will sell gobs. The man I’ve mentioned above has hit $75,000-$100,000 USD/week multiple times in 2012. He’s fascinating to study, and to read. [Disclaimer to my younger readers: Konrath is brilliant, but at times he’s very vulgar so please have a parent per-read a new post if you’re unsure].

Me? I’m already making more per month than I ever have with my legacy publishers, and I expect my ebook sales to catch up with 6 months of combined print sales in less than 40 days.

As I’ll discuss tomorrow, I’m still experimenting with promotional tactics and trying to isolate what works and what doesn’t. Proper marketing is a fascinating and ever changing beast.

eBook Conversion

Probably the easiest part of self-publishing, and ironically the most cost-effective and lucrative, waits until the end of this whole process. That is unless you have no intention of providing print editions (which would go against the ideology of providing your books to as many people as possible across every available platform).

All the work you did to organize, edit and layout your manuscript, and to craft and refine a cover, now translates easily into creating an ebook. Essentially the conversion process takes the guts of your text and the front face of your cover and merges them together. If you’re skipping the print edition, then having a finished Word file and a front cover design are all you need.

As mentioned yesterday, I use Glendon & Tabatha Haddix of Streetlight Graphics for all my ebook conversions (and I plan to for a while to come). Here’s a little reasoning on why.

Knowing I’m a geek (nerds don’t make money; geeks do), I felt strongly I could attempt converting my own books. I read multiple tutorials on using MS Word and Adobe InDesign to convert manuscripts to ebooks. Given the amount of extraneous code that Word puts on the back end of a document, and the fact that I generally loathe even opening it (I prefer less clunky, more resource friendly and sleeker applications like TextEdit, Evernote and Scrivener) I decided to put most of my time into using InDesign.

I read tutorials, watched how-to guides, and even had some great dialogue with Adobe staff and one noted independent industry guru (all of whom were very helpful, by the way). But my final products never seemed to add up to something I felt represented my books, and I was sure they’d infuriate my readers. Knowing I had one chance to make my e-reading public happy, I needed a better option.

Kindle will help you convert a manuscript – at least to Kindle. When you create your free Kindle Direct Publishing account, they have options where you can have a KDP tech look at your PDF and give you a quote for converting it. Their base price says $69.00 USD. But my quote came back as $179.00 USD for each title of The White Lion Chronicles, as my PDFs had some “layering issues” they would not elaborate on. Ouch.

But having KDP convert for me was only a quarter of the problem. Since they only convert for Kindle – and holding to my “provide my books in as many formats as possible” mantra – I still had to find a way to convert for all the other formats, including Nook, Kobo, Adobe Digital Editions, Smashwords, Sony eReaders and Apple iBooks.

And people wonder where all my hair went.

By this point in the process I was tired and frustrated. I was emailing my fellow Spearhead authors looking for answers. One of their generous friends from a church in Seattle attempted to assist me; but even he, a former Amazon employee and conversion tech, was having trouble because things had changed since when he left a year ago. (Gulp).

That’s when Wayne Thomas Batson forwarded us all a link to Streetlight. At first none of us could believe their prices were legit. (Their cover prices as well as their package deals are amazing too!). So I wrote them to inquire.

Within a few hours I had a personal reply. What seemed too good to be true turned out to be better than too good. It was great. Not only would they format for Kindle for under $69.00 USD like KDP had quoted me, but they’d also convert to all the other formats I needed for under $69.00 USD per title!

I was beside myself.

Following the recommendation of friends I went and purchased a few randomly selected ebooks Streetlight had done, and the quality was above anything I could produce (and to date I’ve received zero negative feedback – a first for any reading format for me). Glendon & Tabatha are first class communicators and converters.

Distributing Online

Within one month I had The White Lion Chronicles ready to upload to all ebook distributing channels. Here’s what you’ll need to do the same.

1.) Open a free account with Kindle Direct Publishing. This will allow you to distribute your ebook to the largest seller in the world. And my own numbers prove it: more than 90% of my sales are on Kindle. You don’t need an ISBN; KDP has its own internal means of assigning yours books identification, though you can use your own ISBN if you have one.

2.) Open a free PubIt! account with Barnes & Noble which will allow you to distribute to the Nook. The Nook accounts for 2% of my sales to date. Like KDP, PubIt! doesn’t require an ISBN number and will track your ebook internally, but they’ll use your ISBN if you supply it.

3.) Open a free Smashwords account. Smashwords is great because it will allow you to reach all the other digital devices and formats out there, including Apple’s iBooks, and making your manuscript available as a viewable or printable PDF (I feel sorry for that printer!). Unlike KDP and PubIt!, Smashwords does require you to have an ISBN. It’s important to note that you can not use your physical book’s ISBN for your digital books. Your print book and you ebook are separate products (even though they have the same title), so they require different identification. Smashwords has their own batches of ISBNs that – like CreateSpace – list them as an associated entity with you, but does not infringe on your legal or moral rights or royalties. Until I feel like shelling out $1,000.00 USD for a block of 1,000 ISBNs from Bowker, this is the route I went. (Yes, you can buy less ISBNs from Bowker at a time, but the price is ridiculous).

One last note on Smashwords: in order for your book to be listed in something like Apple’s iBook Store, your book must meet their Premium status. Essentially, it needs to be a properly formatted, clean conversion that meets strict guidelines. Which Streetlight’s conversions do. It took almost 3 weeks (as your books wait in line), but eventually they were approved (something you see noted in your Smashwords dashboard).

Why not publish through Apple directly? You certainly can. But Apple tends to work faster with large representation companies (like Smashwords) that funnel huge quantities of titles and authors to them. Plus there’s no guarantee they’ll accept your application (they tend to be picky). There’s no real cost benefit either way, and it’s just one less account I have to monitor. I’m used to this already as my digital music is distributed through a San Francisco based company called IODA that supplies over 350 online retailers with my music, including Apple’s iTunes.

Streetlight provides a free step-by-step guide on how to upload your books and list them, and they alert you to any pitfalls in the process. It needs revising for 2012, but is a very simple and methodical overview of what to expect, and outlines just what you get when they convert your manuscript. (Astounding).

Pricing your ebooks can be a bit daunting. And the truth is you’ll never really know what works for you until you experiment. KDP has set the standard for the most part. At the time of my writing, they have two royalty brackets you can operate within: 30% for books set between $.99 and $2.98 USD, and 70% for books set at $2.99 USD and up. There are many articles and opinions on the best performing price points and why, but you risk getting so distracted you never end up setting a price point at all. All my books are set at $2.99 USD across all digital platforms at present; I may experiment later with dropping that further to $.99 USD.

There is a lot of discussion about the merits of selling ebooks for free in order to grow a fan base. While PubIt! and Smashwords allow this, Kindle does not, unless you’re a directly endorsed Amazon-published author (a whole other subject outside of this guide). KDP will only allow $.99 USD as their lowest price point. I’ll discuss the pros and cons of free in tomorrow’s subject of promotion.

The Future Is Calling

Publishing in the digital world is still in its infancy. But one thing is clear: it’s not going anywhere. Innovators will emerge, new companies will be birthed, and world literacy will grow – one of the best results I can think of.

I’ve heard it rumored that 10 is the magic number. Once an author has 10 titles to his or her name, their money-making abilities are firmly ensconced in the digital world. Call it an algorithm, a hunch, or a marketing ploy by Amazon to get more titles on their virtual shelves, the fact is that that premise will most likely mean little to you if you’re not writing.

So stop reading this and get back to writing. ch: