Thinking of self-publishing? Read Kacie Taylor’s experiences

What made you want to write?

I love to read, especially YA fantasy, and I think reading and writing go hand in hand. I was sure I could create stories that were just as good, if not better, than the stuff I was getting from the library and book stores. So it began.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

I submitted my first book to a few large publishing houses, but it was rejected. I haven’t tried submitting anything since, but have continued to write.
After some research online, I found out about self-publishing. One of the first kinds I looked into was POD (print on demand) but this almost always requires money up front. That wasn’t going to work for me. More recently, my husband, who also writes, told me to look into ebooks and mentioned lulu.com. I liked what I saw and decided to give it a try. The next hurdle was figuring out how to convert my manuscript into an ebook ready file. I’m not very tech savvy, so I went back to the internet for more research. I found a free conversion program called Calibre that could produce what I needed. It took a few tries to get it right, but I was finally ready to submit to lulu.com. Soon after, I used the same program to create a file for amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and submitted that as well.

What are the difficulties with self-publishing?

Since I am technically the publisher, I have to find ways to market and promote my book by myself, which is not easy. I’ve joined indie writer’s websites like The Indie Writer’s Network and Kindle Mojo, created a facebook page, started tweeting, and done other things to help get my book noticed. This is by far the hardest part of the whole process. But I’m not going to give up. I have very supportive family and friends, and my passion for writing will not end any time soon.
Tell us about your book.

My first published ebook, The Bride, is a YA fantasy with a hint of Beauty and the Beast, but with my own style and a few twists–

What is a king without a queen? Callia is chosen to be the next potential Bride of the king, a man many call a demon. Will she die like the other Brides before her? Can she survive in a place where nothing is what it seems, facing fear and friendship, love and betrayal? For the castle holds a secret only a Bride can discover.


You can visit Kacie’s blog http://www.kcataylor.blogspot.com and facebook page http://www.facebook.com/kacietaylorbooks for news and updates.

Her book is available at:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D8DYXF4/ref=s9_simh_bw_p351_d4_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1XYCTQZ5P1KSRVJFG314&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1560405502&pf_rd_i=154606011

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bride-kacie-taylor/1115765599?ean=9781304094742

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/kacietaylor

and iBookstore.

If you would like to share your experiences of self-publishing on my blog. Please email me at fayecarlisle at gmail dot com

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Why grass-roots advertising is good for self-publishers

Libraries Work Because We Do!

Libraries Work Because We Do! (Photo credit: circulating)

I was feeling overwhelmed by the task of self-promoting my book recently, when another self-published author, sent me an article with a list of things I could do at a grass-roots level to promote my book. It reminded me that social media is not the only way to market my book and while I am building my social media links, I can pursue other avenues.

The article by Shannon Yarbrough suggested that as a self-published author you should invest in physical copies of your book, which you can give to the local library, local book club and local bookstore. Copies of your book can also be given to coffee shops, community centres, the local doctors’ surgery and the local hospital, where people sit around and read what is readily available in the book rack. You can also send your book to literary magazines and review sites.

Although I don’t have any physical copies of my book yet, I plan to look into the cost of producing some. Apparently, Createspace is quite reasonable but I still need to check this out. I have printed lots of leaflets promoting my book and I am slowly giving them out. As my book is a parenting book, many preschools, nurseries and schools have said that they are willing to distribute the leaflets to the children’s parents. I hope that these grassroots efforts will be fruitful especially as printing leaflets is not that cheap. The problem is that it is difficult to know whether the leaflets have actually been given out by the childcare providers so I have started calling them to check.

The other problem is that it is difficult to know what part of my marketing campaign is working. I know that people are downloading my ebook but I don’t know how they are hearing about it. Is it through websites and social media or is through my leafleting? If I knew what was working, then I could focus more of my efforts on that. So I guess what I need to be is clever and give out different coupon codes on my leaflets or tweets so I know which coupon code is leading to the most downloads (Smashwords.com allows authors to give out different coupon codes).

Corey Corcello, author of ‘Change Myself’, ‘Second Time Around’, and ‘Honey In Your Back Pocket’ http://circelloc.wix.com/author says, ‘I think the most rewarding part of self-publishing is that you finally get to see your hard work in print. Authors don’t self-publish just because they did not get accepted by a publisher. I have had two offers from different publishers to pick up my books, but right now, I like to keep the rights with me. I like to control what everything looks like and what goes into my books. It may be a little harder to get your name out there without an agent, but I feel like it is so much more rewarding to get your name out there just by word of mouth.’