Going Indie—What I’ve Learned (So Far)—Part 8

Busy

I Can DO This! (Busy. Photo credit: AJC1)

Wow, could things get any busier?

I have been pushing more of the social media thing, the past month or two, at the expense of working on my manuscript-in-progress, Psychic, and kinda “burning the candle at both ends.” It gets exhausting…but cool to find new avenues, like iAuthor. I’m even considering starting up a quarterly newsletter, but when will that happen, since I’m stuck on the initial insert the subscription widget onto my blog site part! No, I’m not all that technically inept, but it seems as though some crucial “it’s easy” step or two is missing from the WordPress instructions. I’ve e-mail their Help depot.

Okay, since my last post on this topic, here are some more things I’ve learned on my adventure of “Going Indie”:

  1. Selecting ISBNs on CreateSpace.  Be careful with you go in and select which type of ISBN you want for your book, and whichever one you do choose, ALWAYS also select the expanded distribution. Read the different types very carefully before selecting, because once you select, you cannot change the ISBN—unless you totally delete your book’s account and start over. I recommend the custom ISBN option for $10 and then get a graphic designer (which will cost you, of course, but is well worth it!), like Lon Kirschner, to design a “faux imprint” for you to have on the bottom edge of your cover, like my Wailing Loon. It looks cool and gives you a brand for your work, other than the generic “CreateSpace.” You can display a little more your own creativity of “who you and your books are.”
  2. Changes To Your CreateSpace file. I found I had to go back into The Uninvited to add some missing front matter. It’s kinda “scary,” doing this, because you really don’t want to F-up your already nitpicked and edited file, but it’s easy to do. You simply select the interior or cover portion of your file, under “Setup,” on your Project Homepage for the book in question, and on the next page, you’ll see a place that says “Make Changes,” and go from there. You don’t have to change anything other than what you need to change, like, for me, the front matter blurbs. You can just “Next” on through the other stuff. Just be careful to not touch anything else. And for any proofing, you can have an actual “proof” copy of the book sent to you (versus doing this all online, for free), though you have to pay for it (like $5, plus shipping), and on the back page of the book is stamped “Proof.”
  3. Interested in signed copies? I decided to get that PO box, so I could mail stuff back and forth to any readers out there. I’ve posted the address about, but it’s F. P. Dorchak, P. O. Box 49393, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80949. The Post Office says you can do a 3-month version, but you have to also get the automatic renewal, which makes zero sense, because that makes the term 6 months. So, really, the lowest amount of time you can get a PO box for is 6 months. That’s government reasoning for you. But it’s cheap (mine is $39). If you get something larger than the box you have, they just give you a key to a larger box, for no charge.
  4. Chain Reviews and World Domination. I put out there that if anyone was interested in reviewing my books, I’d send free, autographed copies. The first 5 per book would get a free book. Offer still stands.
  5. Book Review Outlets. I’m looking into these, you know, what with all the free time I have. Check these out.
  6. Facebook. So far, this is a bust. No more begging from me! And still no “FB Superpowers,” i.e., I still cannot “Like” other pages or save the world. But, not giving up, cause it’s still early, but, feel free to drop by my FB page. Thanks!
  7. Newsletters. Found a great couple of Writers in The Storm links for newsletter info. Thanks, WITS! Thought I’d do this this year, but may have to wait until next year.
  8. Word of mouth. This is where I get lots of comments from people, either by e-mail or through my wife. This is where people rave about my work. Not Facebook (well, at least not so far…). And, of course, I have some “virtual friends” with which I routinely interact, and they’re very supportive (thanks, again, folks)! But, word of mouth seems like the biggest factor in my marketing and promotion. It’s everyone one of you, out there, reading my work and talking about it. Telling others. I hope you will also write an online review (e.g., here und here) at your favorite outlets, too. Please. Thanks!
  9. iAuthor. Found a new overseas outlet, out of the U.K., called iAuthor, so I added The Uninvited and ERO to this site (Sleepwalkers doesn’t have a HighDef cover file, so I’m told by the site it most likely wouldn’t be allowed, because it would degrade he overall quality of the images). It’s free for authors. But…the site seems to have issues during the “height of the day” in loading and such (just now, the site didn’t load right; it should display tons of book covers). I had to do my uploads in the early hours of the morning (i.e., 3 a.m.) before I got them to work, so be advised.

That’s all I have for this year, for my ongoing “Going Indie” adventure. As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a Happy Holiday Season, in whatever way you choose to celebrate (or, uh, not celebrate…) it!

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Paranormal fiction author.
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31 Responses to Going Indie—What I’ve Learned (So Far)—Part 8

  1. jcjjones says:

    A small (duh) business note… anything an author spends in his/her efforts becomes a tax deduction, so keep track of everything from the cost of a post office box, to paper, envelopes, postage, gasoline, etc. If you register a business (name) which has its own business bank account, that business can pay for its share of overhead like utilities… which also become tax deductible. If you loan money to (invest in) that business, that too becomes a deduction, but ask your tax professional how you do this.

    • fpdorchak says:

      Thanks, Jan, but don’t make enough to justify doing the biz bank account, right now. Hopefully, 2014 will change that! I do track everything else, including computer time (yes, I do!). :-]

  2. “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” (Probably never said in reality.)

    I find FB to be incredibly passive, so I treat it as such and do what I have to do to keep in contact with those I know who seem to live & breathe it. Seems silly to HAVE to be on there when it’s not very useful, but for business matters, it’s a must, so I would assume the same for indie authors working to get their names (& books) out there!

    The rest of us – we’ll keep touting your work where it really matters: Pinterest.

    Kidding…well, sort of. I love Pinterest, and I think it has more capacity (albeit visually) to drive sales (in general) than FB or Twitter, although books are tough (I DO have a book board though). I’ve purchased several of my pins!

    In the end, though, I think word-of-mouth is the best route for most things – it evolves into word-of-online-mouth and seeps into all of those social media sites in time. Will keep spreading the news!

    • fpdorchak says:

      Thanks, Mandy (et al)! Really do appreciate it! I do the same for works I find and are impressed with. I’ll be posting a review for Joe Ponepinto’s The Face Maker. Powerful writing, dark subject matter, though.

      Since I know I can’t do it all, will just keep doing what I can…re: Pinterest, I get there periodically, but don’t really spend much time there, since spend most of my time blogging, tweets come in second place. Pinterest would probably be third. Every little bit helps! :-]

  3. CY Seville says:

    Excellent series. Thank you for sharing your adventures. I learned something from every post and appreciate it. Happy New Year!

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