For eighteen months I’ve been working on a book and I’m nearly at the stage where I can publish. It just needs a final edit, some formatting - which I’ve been told is the difficult part – and then I’m ready to start buying, and hopefully people are ready to start buying, or at least borrowing it from Amazon’s Lending Library.
I’ve still got a while to go and it still looks like a lot of hard work ahead of me, especially when I’ve got to fit it in around work and all of the other things that go with day to day life but in the next few months I’ll be able to say I’ve got my book published.
I’m publishing it on Kindle to begin with and I’m thinking of publishing it a chapter at a time. I’ve seen people do this before and it will make it easier for me to publish and format the book. I’ve looked at contacting publishers with my manuscript and know everything that I need to do if I want to send it to a publisher. However, I’ve heard publishers aren’t too helpful in getting books on shelves or at marketing it if you are a new writer, so as all of that will fall on me anyway, I might as well self-publish it and see how it goes.
If it works out O.K, then I can expect to make better earnings than I would if I went to a publisher. I plan to make the first chapter available via Amazon’s Lending Library free of charge and then I will earn a commission each time the book is borrowed, which works out far more than if I were to try and sell it for 99 cents. I also make paperback copies of the book available for friends and family; I know they’ll buy it, even if no one else will.