Monday, January 5, 2015

Self-Publishing with KDP, This Week, Giveaway

The Good Neighbors
How could being good turn out to be so bad?
Self-publishing with KDP by J.Q. Rose

Yes, I tried it. I published my short story, The Good Neighbors, on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I am not a guru when it comes to formatting, so I was really nervous about getting it right. I learned a LOT about formatting from Mark Coker's FREE Guide to Publishing on Smashwords and reading amazon's information. I think the short story, 4000 words, was a good one for my first project because there were no chapter headings to worry about formatting for a Table of Contents.

After I published The Good Neighbor, I discovered a ridiculous, obvious error, so I re-pubbed it after fixing the error. I uploaded the story and it was live again within hours. 
Designing the book cover was difficult for me. I'm not satisfied with this one…pretty amateurish, but I wanted to use the cartoonish flamingo to clue readers into the idea that it is a funny, holiday story. It also helps readers realize the same characters are in my mystery novella, Sunshine Boulevard,  because flamingos are on the cover of the mystery e-book.  
Sunshine Boulevard
Mysterious deaths upset the Florida retirement community
interfering with their seasonal activities and turning up more than dead bodies...
 Not only did I enjoy re-visiting my characters, Jim and Gloria Hart, in my mystery/horror novella, I hope The Good Neighbors will stir up interest in reading more of my books. 
Check out my humorous story, The Good Neighbors on amazon. While you’re there, discover Sunshine Boulevard on amazon or at the Muse It Up Publishing bookstore and major online booksellers.
Have you tried self-publishing? What did you learn? Are you a reader? Do you notice who publishes the books you read? Thanks for your input.
Post originally published on my Word Press site
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Wednesday, January 7

First Wednesday of the month means it's time for the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) blog hop. Join me and a few 100 of my writerly friends as we talk about writer's insecurities.
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Miss Mae said...

I'm self-pubbed and for me, it's the only way to go! Glad you bit the bullet and tried it for yourself. Be careful, though. Self-publishing is addictive! LOL

Anonymous said...

Just downloaded my copy from Amazon UK, JQ. It looks a really fun read! In answer to your question, I nearly always check the publisher before buying a book. I don't buy self-published books any more unless I know the author, or they've been recommended. There are so many self-publishers who rush out books that are badly written or riddled with errors. I know that won't be the case with you, JQ. I'm really looking forward to reading a story with humour, set in a sunny location. Just what I need to cheer me up in a dull January!

J.Q. Rose said...

Miss Mae--I think it could be addictive too. I like the idea of having control over the book and reports at my finger tips. I just don't like being such a small fish in the big ocean of fiction books. That's scary. Planning on self pubbing a couple of non fiction books this year. I'll see how that goes.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Helena. This was a fun little story to write. I have another idea for a short story for these characters. But other projects come first. I hope you get a giggle from this one. Thanks for purchasing! Not so warm in FL today after 80's the last couple of days. Down to 59 this a.m.! Brrr...

Cellophane Queen said...

As you know, I've done lots of self-pubs. Everything I have is now in ebook and print. All the covers are mine (for better or worse).

With every book, I gained a little piece of knowledge. It was also useful uploading to multiple platforms, but I eventually decided Kobi and Nook weren't worth the trouble of maintaining them separately. I now upload direct for KDP and use Smashwords for distribution elsewhere.

Good to see you stepping out, Janet.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Marva, AND you also have some audible books too. Thanks for the info on using amazon and smashwords. I found smashwords to be very particular and I like that. They won't publish just anything. I too appreciate using them for distribution. Thanks for stopping in.

Michelle Wallace said...

Happy New Year, JQ!
Self-pub is the route I've decided to go. It means that, from beginning to end, everything rests in my hands...
A bit scary, but there are many authors doing it quite successfully, and sharing their experiences, so I can learn from them.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Michelle. I was surprised to discover how supportive authors are for each other. You'd think it would be cut throat competition. So many books and only so many readers. We are privileged to have such helpful folks in our corner. Happy New Year to you too!!

emaginette said...

Excellent post I know some people that have self-published. To me it seems expensive, paying for an editor and cover art. I never thought about all the formatting too. :-)

All the work must pay off. I hope your story does well. Good luck.

Anna from Shout with Emaginette

Susan Bernhardt said...

How totally exciting, J.Q. to have self-published a book!!! You'll have to let us all know at a later date the results of sales with self-publishing. I have thought about this myself and figured it would take a great deal of knowledge and expertise to know how to do it.

Excited for you! I'll look up your book.


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