Mildred will give away Lesson of the Poinsettia. Read below to see how to get your free copy.
2. What is Create Space?
Create Space is a print on demand publishing company affiliated with Amazon. I publish in paperback first with Create Space. This allows me to buy a proof copy of my book for editing purposes and to see how the book cover looks. Create Space also handles the selling of my paperbacks through Amazon and other retailers.
3. Could you share links to information about these sites?
6. Do you make your covers? If so, is there special formatting for this?
9. What's the out of pocket cost to get started?
10. Why did you decide to Indie-publish?
11. What marketing advice would you give other Indie-published authors?
I tried blogging, doing interviews, forums, etc. I didn’t know how to market. I still don’t, but near the end of December 2011, I put Love Returned on for free at Smashwords. It had been selling an average of two books a month, so I figured if I gave it away I wouldn’t be losing anything. In January, Amazon price matched, making my book free there as well. That’s when everything changed. Approximately 10,000 free books were downloaded before I re-instated the 0.99 price after which Love Returned sold 629 copies on Amazon during the remainder of January. Giving away copies may be one of the most effective things you can do.
12. Do the sites have any special tips for promoting?
Yes, if you browse through Amazon’s publishing information, you’ll find tips for promoting. Smashwords also has a free download titled The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success and another titled Smashwords Book Marketing Guide.
15. Where should a first-timer start?
Thank you for sharing, Mildred.
Mildred'sgiving away Lesson of the Poinsettia, a free Christmas e-book. To download your free novella clikc here. The offer will be good from now until November 3, 2012.
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