TRICKS OF a PUBLISHED AUTHOR Merchandising one's book or novel ONLINE. You need KINDLE AND AMAZON or a job printer if you want to do it hardcopy.
A writer I met for a moment online, named Meg North, has one of her many books, a novel, at Amazon in Kindle form. I asked her about that process. She had a blog full of tips (that day) but she got commercial and dumped it. Today I found she has what seems to be a website for herself, not sure if it has a SEMINAR for the writer but visit her site MEG NORTH COM .. Now her site seems to have NO "ARTICLES ON WRITING". Instead it is all hype and ads for herself ..traits I dislike in online writers...but she gives a Twitter and Facebook page addie; so maybe her old articles on selling tips are there. I can't surf to these mega byte sites I'm on a windows 98 SE computer and it's a 19 yr old PC! I can only read sites like the ones I MAKE FOR YOU. EASY BREEZY DESIGN (see my WEBTIPS) But.hey, here's what Author MEG NORTH told me personally.
I ASKED HER: A.) Do you use the posted novel to get a hardcopy NYC publisher to spot your talent? sign you up? or attract literary agents? BTW, I've seen a reference book at the library called the LITERARY MARKTPLACE which has every agent, every publisher in USA, their phone, addie, names of employees. Boy is THAT USEFUL! Ask your Librarian to point it out. BTW, it can't leave the library so bring paper/marker.
and B.) how much $$ to 'join' Amazon for all this self publishing to happen?
ANITA: It's surprisingly easy to upload a novel to Kindle. You go to the
Digital Text Publishing platform and sign in using Amazon account.
Then you follow the steps to upload the Microsoft Word
document of your novel, enter in your bank account info (so you
can get paid), and also upload the cover jpg or gif, set the price,
and answer any other questions. Then they format your story and in about
two or three days your story appears on Amazon as a Kindle novel.
There are examples of fiction authors who, in the long run, collect more
royalties from eBook copies than from a traditional publishing contract
with one of the big six (HarperCollins, Random House, Simon & Schuster,
Penguin, etc.). It's far cheaper and more direct to sell right to
readers, but the publishing industry does offer perks (like national
distribution and exposure) ... publishing is changing.
As for me, I've received many rejections for my novel and, even though
I'll continue to try to pitch it to agents, in reality I have little
chance for I am unknown and my civil war story is a niche marketplace.
I'll keep trying to distribute it through Kindle, I've already created
the Barnes & Noble 'Nook' version, and will continue to offer it for
free to anyone who wants to read it. I've received favorable reviews
from friends, family, and some acquaintances.
It's no cost to join Amazon or sign up for the Digital Platform, but
they do take a chunk out of each book. I set my price at $2.99, and I
think Amazon will take .99 out of each sale. I'm not sure if it's a flat
fee or percentage.
Thank you for offering to put my info in a webinar. I appreciate that.
It is my greatest wish to be a successful and popular author ... and,
being a typical Aquarius, I'll try to find all the weird and wonderful
ways of doing that in this Digital Information Age. I used to think I
was born in the wrong century, loving the 19th century so much, but now
that I see there is more potential for the author to earn nearly every
dollar from sales and written content is needed now more than ever ...
so it seems I was born in a great time after all! "
Her answer was very succinct and clear, (mind you this was two yrs ago when she had an actual writers' tips BLOG, so I am putting her at my Writer's Webinar
as a RESIDENT EDITOR. One of the best writing blogs is author of STEPFATHER BANK, DAVE POYER. He has a big page on TIPS FOR THE WRITER! When you go to his site, locate it, CLICK! Hours of most important info!
I ALSO am putting this MEG piece off the other index at the MERCHANDISING ONSELF webinar http://www.luckinlove.com/merchandise.htm
If she would send me her URL I would include the AMAZON URL for her novel
Daniel's Garden is its title. But she quit answering at that point.Wotta bitch.
She SELLS many other books including ADVICE for your INNER CINDERELLA to get LUCKY IN LOVE, a subject dear to my own heart, and to the hearts of all MOTHERS of beautiful DAUGHTERS everywhere.... as I write the HOW TO MARRY A BILLIONAIRE WEBSITE, a book in itself, so gals can unlock the billions stored in vaults around the world and create import/ export businesses that employ thousands if not millions and generate trade.
MEG actually wholesales (retails?) her books at her ETSY website
( ETSY for those who don't know it is an AUCTION SITE giving EBAY a run for its money. SEE "HOW TO SELL STUFF"
You should know that there are four dozen hot auction sites mentioned in SELL STUFF file. So you want to save it to cache as you'll NEVER find this page again!
LAST, the big money is reputed to be in EBOOKS.
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