Self-publishing has more and more options and therefore more and more confusion for authors.
In my new “Ask PZM” for Joylene Butler’s blog I talk about ebook publishing options.
Yet as I sit at my computer juggling my social media marketing for clients with the writing and online marketing of my own books, I can only shake my head at some of the decisions I have made.
In retrospect, for me it was a mistake to choose BookBaby over my trusty ebook converter Chris O’Byrne (www.ebook-editor.com). Getting expanded distribution from BookBaby (and it takes WEEKS for most of these expanded sites to start carrying an ebook from BookBaby!) is not worth giving up having Chris upload a well-converted ebook to Smashwords and thus onto making the ebook available on the iPad.
In addition, I have been rethinking my position on ebooks. While I think all new books should be available in ebooks, I have decided that it is foolish not to also make these ebooks available in paperback.
Therefore this week I have used a formatted template from Amazon’s POD publisher CreateSpace to turn both the technothriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS and HOW TO SUCCEED IN HIGH SCHOOL AND PREP FOR COLLEGE into paperbacks.
I already had the book covers for these books (both created by my business partner Yael K. Miller), so the actual cost of publishing each book is only the $25 I invested in expanded distribution.
LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS is already available in paperback on Amazon, and HOW TO SUCCEED IN HIGH SCHOOL should be available on Amazon in a few days.
I have determined that, this time around, I will first publish the second and third books in the HOW TO SUCCEED series in paperback, then turn these into ebooks.
As I said in the “Ask PZM” post mentioned above, there is probably no right answer in terms of self-publishing that applies to everyone. There are better answers for each author, although it can be a lot of work to find those better answers.
NEWS FLASH: This week Amazon Studios expanded from being in the film business to being in the TV comedy and children’s TV series business.
I have already uploaded two TV scripts, although the TV script written with Susan Chodakiewitz has to await her approval of the submission (and there is a glitch in her Amazon Studios accounts).
You can download for free DR. SOAPY as a TV comedy series on Amazon Studios.
You can also download for free KARATE MOMS as a TV comedy series on Amazon Studios.
(c) 2012 Miller Mosaic LLC
Phyllis Zimbler Miller (@ZimblerMiller on Twitter and @ZimblerMiller on Pinterest) has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is the co-founder of the online marketing company www.MillerMosaicLLC.com, which helps clients with defining who they are and what they have to offer.
Sign up to get updates on the HOW TO SUCCEED series: