Saturday, September 11, 2010

Latest Book, 301 Frequently Asked Questions About Self-Publishing, to be available soon on Amazon

It took a bit longer than I had hoped it would, but my 15th book, 301 Frequently Asked Questions About Self-publishing will be available soon on Amazon. The complete title of the book, 301 Frequently Asked Questions About Self-publishing:  Answers to Common Questions About Self-publishing, Print-on-demand, Book Marketing, Using CreateSpace and More has been a good bit more work than I thought it would be when I started the project.

It is meant to be a starter guide for authors who are just considering self-publishing and know very little about the process. It is also going to be a continuing research project for me as I try some new marketing ideas in building a base of interest and demand for this book, the results of which I will share from time-to-time on this blog.

At the moment, the book is going through the review process at CreateSpace but should be done no later than Monday. Then it is time to order the proof copies, examine them carefully upon arrival, and then give the final approval. Within the next two weeks 301 Frequently Asked Questions About Self-publishing should become available on Amazon and within the month it should become available on Barnes and Noble as well through CreateSpace's expanded distribution program.

One of the concepts I am interested in testing, or observing, is Aaron Shepard's premise that it takes a full year for sales to mount for a POD book on Amazon. This has proven to be true for two of my books that are selling well but not true for others which sell in a very seasonal pattern. I am not sure why, but in an effort to boost sales for the seasonal selling books into year round sellers, I would really like to gain some insight into how this mysterious process seems to work.