- Dec 22, 2014
Thank you Andy that means more than you can imagine. The main reason I’ve been absent from the forum was to take action and come back when I had some thing to show. Ideally I wanted to make the “I’ve made it and you can too!” thread that I see so often and dream of making myself, but I bit my pride halfway and came back with a question because you guys are always the best to me and know way more. Heck even just brainstorming.This thread is a great example of people preferring to help people in motion. It's not a proclamation thread, it's an "I've done this, now what do I do?" thread.
Looking for mentors? Go do stuff.
It reminds me of the line "Tell me what you've done and I'll tell you who you are."
I’d seen this, it’s on point I think!
Absolutely. It kind of how I determine which forum threads to reply to.
This person is taking action. Significant work has been done and now they are looking for guidance.
The, "I'd like to build a mobile app but don't know what to do next" are the type of questions I ignore.
People who like to ask questions about STEP 20, but ignore STEP 1-19 are likely to be dismissed as not serious, and are armed with the wrong set of expectations.
Firstly well done. I started writing books approximately 5 years ago in my favourite niche and went straight to Amazon and sell them as Kindle and as paperback books. I also sell on Google Play, Lulu, Kobe and my own website and many more sites. These bring in a passive income 24x7. You need to get professional book covers produced. Heres my website take a look if you need any help just ping me.Back in August I had a flash idea for a drawing book/sketchbook I wanted to exist, so I made it. I proved the concept with pre-orders and eBook sales, so I got 200 from a printer abroad.
Right now sales trickle as long as I'm investing in ads but it's been a learning curve to figure out how to put it in front of people. My plans are to continue advertising online re-investing revenue, find art/book/comic-zine fests to attend, leave it in consignment at stores... I've even sold it to a stranger at a coffee shop without even trying. Lots of good feedback-- so the challenge seems to be putting it in front of the right eyes, consistently and efficiently.
It was easy to get excited and imagine publishing more books, though I know I probably should focus on making the first one successful first (right? right?). I know it sounds silly but I guess I need to confirm with my dear mentors here. Especially because my marketing strategy changes if I promote one particular book to Audience A or promote "books"
Any good sources of info would be much appreciated. I already went through the same dozen of Google articles and I'm reading one book about self-publishing but I still don't feel very grounded. As usual it's hard to know the answers when you can't even ask the right questions.
@MJ DeMarco if you don't mind sharing any nuggets of wisdom... how to get into bigger bookstores? So far I'm trying to hit local ones, but that's not gonna yield a decent order size I doubt. How to build up to that?
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