Hello Shiny People!
Yes, as the title indicates, changes are on the way to my website, my book availability, and my mailing list. What’s brought all this about? Well, besides my constant quest to hone and improve the business side of my writing, a bunch of “events” are happening all at once in my writing world.
First: Break Time!
Yeah right. Last week I finished up the last major overhaul of Domna (yay!!). This means I get to finally ignore this book for a few weeks. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean I get to rest on my laurels (I don’t even know if I have a laurel). This “break time” is a time for launch preparation, including getting around to writing those pesky book descriptions (for all six parts, no less) I’ve been putting off, and getting the manuscript in order for loading and printing.
Second: I’m FREE!
On Monday, my exclusivity term with Amazon ended for all the books in my Osteria Chronicles series. While I learned a few things and made a gob of sales in the KDP Select program, I can’t say it was for me. There were too many times I cringed at the thought of being trapped by their terms and conditions. And I’m super excited to have control over my books once again (more on that coming soon).
However, don’t go rushing out to shop just just yet. I’m in the process of updating the interior of the series to include some of the changes you’ll see below, planning out a pricing strategy (freebies are on the way!), and deciding which retailers I want to load to directly. In other words, this is turning into a project that’s eating up a painful amount of brain power and time.
Third: Back to (Virtual) School
I’m normally someone who, when I want to learn something, I hit the library books and teach myself. I feel I’ve learned a lot over the past year of my self-publishing re-education, but I’ve also been feeling that I need more. So, I took the (financially painful) plunge and signed up for a self-publishing course by Mark Dawson and the Self Publishing Formula team (I’ll let you know how that goes once I’m done).
While most of the information is stuff I already know, having it presented in an orderly fashion is really helping organize my own brain…and generating a huge to-do list. That to-do list is where many of the changes are taking place. I’m currently revamping my mailing list to include a more enticing giveaway (which I can do now that I’m free from Amazon’s tyranny) and a better introductory sequence of emails. As mentioned, I’m also updating the interior of my books. And later this week I’ll be trying to cobble together a new website.
There’s also plenty of book work on my plate with exciting stuff like metadata, key words, and other behind-the-scenes stuff. Ugh.
Fourth: Let’s Toss Some More Work Onto the Pile
I also got an unexpected assignment from Horticulture Magazine last week (my fourth article with them!!). When the editor mentioned the due date, I thought she meant October 2019 (since she was making the production calendar for 2019), but in fact, she meant October 2018. Ah well, at least the article will pay for my class, right!?
To Sum Up….
Expect changes soon. Things aren’t quite ready for The Big Reveal, but I’ll hopefully have everything in place next week. And I may even be able to squeeze in a nap at some point, No, who am I kidding.
Oh, And About That Free Stuff…
I’m doing a little experiment with the launch of Domna. I normally share a chapter or two of a new book, but this time around I’m going to share the entire first part of this six-part serialized novel. That’s right, starting in a couple weeks, I’ll be posting one Domna chapter a week as I crawl toward my Launch Day of 9 January 2019.
So, stay tuned for all the exciting changes and, of course, the FREE stuff!!!
How about you? Any big changes lately? Ever take an online course? See you Saturday with Finn McSpool’s next installment of his Irish adventure! And I’ll be back next week with (hopefully) some of those new features!! See you then!