And now for the conclusion of Sabrina's posts. I really wished I had this information when I started writing again four years ago, so I hope you will take this wisdom and be the best that you can.
Self publishing is a lot more work than traditional publishing, but you have a lot more freedom.
There are benefits to self publishing, certainly. But know it is a lot more work that working with a publisher. Everything falls on your shoulders. You are in charge of hiring editors (and I recommend you do), cover artists (do NOT do it yourself on Publisher) and formatters. You’re in charge of uploading the book, picking categories meta data, tags and keywords. You’re in charge of sending the book out to reviewers (which could mean days of research and work).
Aside from that, leaping into the fray without a following can have your book lingering in the doldrums. Developing a readership through a publisher before self publishing is a wiser path.
First and foremost, the point of self publishing (in my opinion) is to grow your readership, not necessarily sell a book. You can use it as a tool to drive readers to your back list. With an indie book you can do things you cannot do with a publisher, like give it away to reviewers or do free or discount promotions.
And yeah. We’re back to that again.
Self published books are a great tool in developing and maintaining relationships with readers, bloggers and reviewers.
Relationships, relationships, relationships.
Things I’ve learned in the past 2 years:
Rule #1: Focus on the writing. Sit down every day and plow ahead, with whatever word count goal you choose. You’re only as good as your last book.
Rule #2: Know your purpose
Rule #3: Be patient. Very patient. And go write another book. That’s the only proven way to increase sales.
Rule #4: Pay Attention
Rule #5: Surround yourself with an effective team & advocates
Rule #6: Everything does not magically change when you get published; you just exchange new insecurities for the old
Rule #7: Relationships are everything
Advice for Aspiring Authors
Editing; Eliminating the Frame: http://kidlit.com/2012/02/08/eliminating-the-frame/
Writer Beware: http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/.
Predators and Editors http://pred-ed.com/
Indie Writers Unite, a Facebook group with nearly 2000 members* (https://www.facebook.com/groups/indiewriters/)
Writer’s Cafe at the Kindle Boards* (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/board,60.0.html).
Author Media http://www.authormedia.com/blog/
Story Toolz http://www.storytoolz.com/
Marketing for Romance Writers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrwauthors/?ref=br_tf)
* Both these groups have a yellow pages listing editors and proofreaders.
Great Blogs for Writers
SELF PUBLISHING RESOURCES
Create Space https://www.createspace.com/
Amazon KDP https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin
Self Publishing with Distributors: https://www.draft2digital.com/
About Sabrina York
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York is the award winning author of over 20 hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & sexy erotic romance to scorching BDSM. Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pintrest. Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: http://sabrinayork.com/home-2/sabrina-yorks-teaser-book/ And don’t forget to enter to win the royal tiara!
Like my Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/SabrinaYorkBooks
Follow me on Twitter @sabrina_york
Follow me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5817917.Sabrina_York
Check out my Pintrest boards: http://www.pinterest.com/sabrinayork/boards/
Like my Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sabrina-York/e/B00856PDEO/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1382929432&sr=8-2-ent
Check out my Barnes & Noble Author page: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/sabrina-york
Follow me on Ellora’s Cave: https://www.ellorascave.com/index.php/authors/index/author/slug/sabrina-york/