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Such a great list with so many amazing books. We just recently listened to Fish In A Tree, a story about a dyslexic girl struggling through school and learning to read. Great growth Mindset examples. Plus I have a paperback version. It works people. Thi Exposure works. Hoping to hit over 2, byy the end of the promotion.

With four 5 star reviews as well, hopefully will get more. Be an author for the long haul. We shall see. Hopefully a few more good reviews also. Press frowrd people. Keep pushing friends!! Royalties go to orphans, widows, veterans, and families in need. If one family is positively impacted than mission accomplished.

The promotion went well. Placed me 1 in my primary genre of Messianic Judaism and 60 in Christianity. The sales have been positively good thus fr from the fallout of the promotion. Word of advice someone will always have something bad to say about whatever you publish.

There will be fans and critics alike. How ever that was a nice trick, glad to read. You can also promote your book free at kindlepromoter on twitter. Just foolow them and they will follow u back and promote your ebook for Free………….. Loved the story! New to this book writing thing and just published my first book.

I feel like a very tiny fish in a big sea. I have sold 2 books in one week and they did not rate it. I have not tried the free promotion yet but will starting tomorrow. Did you decide to do it one day at a time spread out or all 5 in a row. What do you think is best?

Personally, I think you get more mileage out of this, because if the book does well on a free promotion day, you can get into the charts and more people see your book. Your article was inspiring. I am fortunate to have an average of 4. I wanted the title to stand out, but maybe I was a bit too aggressive. Still, sales have been similar to what you mentioned in your article, a month. You gave me a bit of hope today. Thank you for sharing.

Really glad to hear that, Katie. Best of luck with the sales and thanks for the feedback! I rather enjoy getting email updates when people comment on their experiences. Made me realize how important it is for me to set this feature up on my website. I completed a Kindle promotion 5 days duration a few months ago and the book was selected times. So now I have once again renewed by KDP Select and am trying the free book promotion just one day at a time spread over the three month period. I am happy that the book is being read. My question is: Where do people go to learn about these free promotions?

Where is the listing located? Do I go to the Kindle Store to find the free offers? How do they know the book is being offered for free? Could you please let me know where the offere is displayed on Amazon. I think I need an advertizing company that will do the promoting for me at a reasonable cost. Thanks so much for this website and your shared ideas. Hope fully you can answer my question about where the daily free promotions are listed. I know some people promote their free book download via email and social media Facebook, Twitter etc.

In addition to that, I imagine Amazon has several Kindle-based promotion channels about the free books, too, as you alluded to. This is extremely exciting because I prefer exposure over income. I am lucky to have a great day job! Great, Katie! Good luck with it. Well, for some people KDP helped them out alot. As for me it was a waste of time. I got hardly any free downloads and the sales went nowhere.

Update: I am running a two day promotion and Day 1 yielded downloads. Will these ever translate into sales? Hi, for one of my authors, we enrolled her short story in KDP. Regular price 99 cents.


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It sold a copy or so. We did a free promotion for 2 days and had downloads and got a pretty high sales rank. But when the promotion was over, the sales rank immediately reverted back to what it was before the promotion and we immediately lost any momentum. I meant to include a question with my last post. I know another author who had downloads of her free story, then when the free promotion ended, she sold another in the next couple of days. But that was a year ago. Hi Eric, Good question. Huge thanks for this article.

I did a 5 day promotion and had over downloads. It became No. Since then the book gets a steady 15 sales per day. So it definitely works! A lot of people advised me on the importance of an eye-catching cover too, and a first chapter that hooks the sample reader. What else did you do to promote the book? Hi Tristan, Thanks! I posted the link in a couple forums too, but none got any real traffic. Is there a Top 5 high traffic magical places where e-book writers fiction can submit their book links and get real traffic?

Thanks again, Dylan. Its pages, first i priced it at 9. I had a 5 day promo, and only recieved downloads. What am i doing wrong. Can someone please advise and give this rookie some tips. I want this book to a success. Please any and all suggestions will be embraced. Thanks and congrats to you all! Using a picture of a real person can be off putting to many. Although Harry Potter is on the cover, he is stylized and cartooned. I love the title but I agree that the cover is weak. Is that what you meant to have in there?

I suspect not. In the first three or four paragraphs, I found at least three grammatical errors. Great content poorly crafted will not sell. The problem with self publishing is that anyone can and does publish. It enables junk to muddy the waters. Maybe you can, but you need an editor.

Consider this — even Hemingway had an editor, right? The cover is really quite off-putting. How many summers did you have in Brooklyn per year? I would highly suggest checking sites like elance. This may set you back one or two thousand dollars, but it will be money well spent if this book means that much to you.

Hi WJ, Just downloaded your book. I look forward to reading it! Best of luck with the sales and hope to see your next work soon. I also see that your book is 57 pages. Would appreciate your thoughts! Hey Dylan, good question. The only problem is that it was too short. Not too short for the price, not too short for the plot. For your sequel, I think a 50 page goal would be totally acceptable! Hi WJ. Thanks again! Are most books on kindle pages? Thanks for the article. I just finished my 1st book promo, well, my 1st everything. Newbie alert!

So I quickly scheduled a 5 day promo, four days out and went to work. In hindsight, maybe a mistake, but I was excited. Additionally, it seems as though every time I want to make a change to my book s by way of KDP — no matter how big or small — they take my book down, put it in pending status, and I have to wait for it to go back live. I guess I need to have faith in your strategy and offer my new work, A Broken Rose, for free for a day or two and see what happens.

Hey Drew, Agree, it would be good if Amazon had some more detailed metrics. Yes I find them to be inefficient in regards to having an effective site — I can never remember how to get into Kindle so fish round in old emails forever. Thanks so much. Your information is valuable.

I am new at this but very enthusiastic and excited about our book. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Our book is about Golf Long Driving. It is called Long And Straight. Hi Ray, Thanks for writing in. Glad you found the article helpful — best of luck with the book. You must be killing it on the golf course! I just wanted to thank you for this. I did this for a period of 3 days and I got over 1, downloads.

Sales have gone up since then. I do no less than 30 sales per week of my book Groupie Chronicles since the free promo. Thank you.!!! These are very good tips for publishing your ebook with Amazon. I have a problem and infact need help from anyone. I have 2 books published on Amazon. The first book is on Google first page for its keyword,but it does not make any sales.

The second book is also on Google second page for its keyword and making sales slowly. Can someone tell me the short fall of the first book? Thank you. Instead you put a link to a fat burning ad. I for one enjoy it when new authors put links to their E-published content. Or are at least interested in the self publishing world.

I think we all do. Or whatever it is you just did. Hello just curious but What are the legal impilcations if your book mentions real life places e. New York, public hoildays or your version of the men in black. No not the movie. Type of thing. I really want to get my books out there! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Hey Sez! In your Amazon Author Dashboard, go to Bookshelf. Once your book is enrolled in KDP Select and is available for sale on our website, you will be able to schedule free book promotions in two ways:.

The Promotions Manager will allow you to schedule one or more free promotions, edit or delete a scheduled free promotion, or stop an ongoing free promotion. If you choose to stop an ongoing promotion, it can take from a few minutes to several hours for the action to take effect. Thank you so much, WJ Davies. I knew I was being a complete idiot. Thanks ever so much for the advice. Am still in the free promotion phase but doing really well so far, currently 36th in the Suspense Free downloads list.

Think this has a lot to do with some of the things you mention in your article. Waiting to see what will happen on Friday when it goes back to priced. Cheers for the guidance. Am now eagerly working on my follow-up novels which I have been jotting for ages! Hey, thanks for your blog post, it was very useful to read through, a great checklist!

I can only see the paid on KDP. Where do I get this info? I can certainly vouch for using KDP Select to boost sales. I had five and a half thousand downloads by the end of Sunday and the book stayed at No. That was incredible. That is an awesome reaction to your free promotion. I published my very adorable if I do say so myself on KDP and then offered a free promotion for two days and only had 23 downloads.

So I strongly suspect that lots of people just download free books whenever they come across them. My first promo day was done without sending a word anywere — just people saw the book and took it. That day there were downloads, because I decided that was enough for them and stopped the promotion. Read thecreativepenn. I used 2 days from 5 promo on Amazon KDP Select, and my book Aurora: Secrets behind Reality was downloaded times with absolutely NO reviews, after that the sales went to copies a day and then 0 for the past 2 days.

Oh, Debbie, I only now see that your comment was not addressed to me. Hi Marina, No problem at all. Good luck with your book and I will check out the blog you recommended anyway. I appreciate any advice! A little late to the party but wanted to share my experience with KDP. I helped my dad publish his novel, The Runaway Kindle in December of We had a few sales but it sat languishing in the 6-figure of sales I think it was , in its category. I tried the KDP program two separate times about 4 months apart and gave away about copies which resulted in some sales — but for the most part, total sales were still in double digits.

The third time I tried it I found every free announcement site on the web including Twitter and Facebook. I made my announcements a couple days previous to the launch, the day before the launch, the day of the launch, halfway through the free period and on the last day. Over 22, downloads in 5 days which resulted in over sales over the next 3 months and 30 pretty positive reviews. Run your campaign towards the beginning of the month so you can capture the sales during that month. The beauty of the program is that you can do it every 90 days. I just consider these quarterly sales numbers.

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One other thing I should add: My most success came with starting a 5-day campaign on a Saturday and wrapping it up on the following Wednesday. Horrible download numbers around holidays. Could you please clarify my doubt? Not quite. Same royalties as described in the post from Amazon. How long do you normally have to wait to get sales going up? Here is my question I am self publishing using create space are you telling me that the only way to get on K-amazon is to not allow create space to sell any books of mines?

And neither can any of you keep pushing until something happens good luck fellow Authors its your year. Good to hear about your book coming out. Best of luck with it. This is an awesome post! Or it was listed there as well after the KDP Promotion ended? Free downloads count towards that list, as do paid. So some people will see you at the top of those lists regardless of whether free or paid. It did slowly go down again after the big rush, but you do get some time at the top which also increases cross-sells. Thank you for the post. Your post contained some useful information. Good to hear about your book.

I wrote my book in MS Word, and then spent the 6 hours or so massaging the styles. One other thing you could consider is: there are people who run small businesses specialising in Kindle formatting. If you wanted, you could outsource that part: give them your current unformatted manuscript, pay them a bit, and get back a Kindle-ready manuscript in return. Thanks a lot for the great advice! Love your idea of going free for awhile. I am new to Kindle. Immediately after publishing, i enrolled 5 days free promotion.

But still didnt see any sales. Is it a wrong step? How Kindle readers will come to know about my book? I just published my first book and was going to run a free promo on it. Did any one here have reviews already before they ran their promos? Many thanks.

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I had two reviews when I did my first giveaway. By the time I did my third and figured out how to do it right I had two dozen reviews. Thanks Jay. Thanks ever so! The point of the promo is to get the reviews. I got a couple out of the promos. Best of luck! I took your advice and I got downloads from zero in the previous week! Then it went back to zero!

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Funny thing is the folks who have read it tell me they were splitting their sides laughing…. Great stuff here! Just wanted to add a word of warning that I learned the hard way today : If you edit your book after your free period or anytime, I suppose , you will lose your rankings in all categories! I had close to 2, free downloads and I was 1 in one category and 3 in another.

But, after the free download period, I added in a bonus chapter that some customers were asking about. After my book was re-uploaded, ALL of my rankings went away. Interesting note there about changing content and influence on sales. I noticed that if you change catagory mid promotion then you can suddenly lose ranking position big time! Just an extra note, I saw an article earlier about setting up a Facebook fan page. It is a work in progress but any comments and suggestions welcome. Hey Michael, Great to know.

That happened to me too!! I went ahead and ran my KDP promo and announced it beforehand, as Jay suggested. I think I was a little too tentative. Many thanks Tristan, It is a bit strange having the real thing here. I figured if I was going to have a stab at it then I may as well put the effort in. Even if it all fails, I have a physical copy. I have read these comments here with interest and have now tried to follow your advice, but I am not sure it worked out so well, so therefore I ask about an honest feedback.

I have just published a Kindle with essays made from interviews with muslim women on equality. I had five days promotion and I had only downloads. There were 6, free downloads , Nov , with most of them in the first three days. It does work. Now I want to do two days free on my sequel, but I changed internet providers in December and lost all my files on advertising.

I think they really help. I have a promo period coming up in june so I would be very interested in learning more. This is a great article. Hello everyone. I have read all of the comments here and found it to be very insightful. I joined KDP on August 12, and immediately used the 5 day free promotion. I let everyone on my contact lists on my cellphone and FB know it would be Free. I had about downloads during that Free Trial. After the trial ended I had about 20 sales, but I was excited to have any at all being an unknown author. Suddenly my book was ranked at 6, I had about downloads and more international sales and downloads.

I eventually re-edited my book and re-released 2 editions, a short-version which is 64 pages and a longer version which is 95 pages. I now have 11 reviews and many people who have emailed me, texted,tweeted and LinkedIn me stating they will be posting more reviews. I also changed the cover. I am currently in a Free trial with a steady download of about per day from every country except Italy and whatever BR is.

Now it is in the proper category of Romance, adult, thriller and inspite the increased number of downloads the books have never been rated higher than in the Kindle store during the Free trial. I would love some constructive advice as to what I can do to increase my sales and I appreciate your input in this forum. I love this article, very insightful. I have written 3 full novels over the last 2 years and am planning on publishing them on amazon soon, once I get over the nervous knots.. I write under different pen names. Would I have to open a new account for each name?

You could try pinging Amazon an email. I have just one KDP account in my real name and that works fine in terms of admin, royalties etc. Update, I am at the end of day 1 of a 72 hour promotion. I agree with you on enrolling with KDP. My cousin has a self book titled Ignite your life. It has been downloader , in just one day! But here again, its all about quality. Just a quick update. Some great advise in here! How do you convert good free downloads to sales??? Hi Danielle, Glad you liked the article. Good numbers on the downloads! Couple of things: — If you can convert some of those free downloads into reviews, that will likely help your sales e.

This can turn into further sales as well. Thanks for your advice. Any recommendations would be welcome. Can you give me any pointers as to the best way to format it through Microsoft word? Also, as I was writing my draft I added a line of dashes to separate each section. This created one solid black line that I cannot get rid of! Do have any idea how to get rid of this? Oh, the joys of formatting for Kindle! Kindle publishing pro is what you can use. I got it cheap last year. Very interesting article! I think my Nook sales are literally 1.

Have you tried anything like that? Obviously, you have an active blog community, so that may end up being kind of the same thing! I did release a couple of snippets on the blog — chapter excerpts from time-to-time, and also the table of contents and sample chapter. Definitely worth a shot! However, sales on Smashwords are a small percentage of my amazon. Hi Tristan, Is this only available for self published authors? It is also available for sale on Barnes and Nobles, and Warren Publishing.

I am a bit disappointed with the lack of exposure and only a handful of reviews. Thanking you in advance for your time and advice. Warm Regards, Donna. Hi Donna, Understandable. Perhaps this could be a question for your publisher? Maybe there is something else wrong with my book? Thanks for taking a peek if you have the time. I loved any advise at this point. Do you think I should wait until book two is complete to put in Select? Hello Tristan, Thanks for the great article.

We were thinking of handing out bookmarks with a QR code linking to the website. Curious to know how else folks promote kindle books in person. There are some good other suggestions in the comments on this post — perhaps they can help. This used to be the key, but not anymore, because Amazon changed the weight a free book has in the ranking algorithm. I would be surprised if it worked for a brand new fiction book anymore because though the ratings peak while free, they plummet as soon as the freebie is over, so the follow on sales are virtually non-existent.

There is also a glut of free books so the word free does not have the same pull it once did. Even those who previously established themselves on the back of such promos are seeing less results for their giveways. Apparently you need 5, or more downloads to make it have a follow on effect. The latest word is that for most people free is dead. Readers are getting savy. Hello — really enjoyed your article, thanks for the advice!

Soooooo, I put my book up on Amazon today for free. My downloads as of this evening: 29, I am working on my first picture book and the information you have shared is priceless. Can you please tell us? Wonderful read! I have a question though did you use perfect binding or saddle stitch? You spoke about the silky finish for the pages.. Is it gloss or Matt? How about the cover?

Look forward to your answers. Also regarding your selling through Amazon? I used perfect binding. With regard to selling via Amazon — they used to order the book in from Garnders when it was stocked there but I no longer stock with Gardners as the profit I made was next to nothing for the reasons given in the blog post.

I shall be updating this blog post in the next few weeks to say what I did and why — it will come down to cost, as always! But my gut feeling is that selling at schools either finish is fine so it really will down to which cost per unit makes more sense. Thanks Karen your reply is very helpful. I have a better understanding of how the process works. Just one last question why did you use perfect binding and not saddle stitch?

I was looking at a few books at the book store and they all seemed to have stitches down the middle which I assume is saddle stitch. Also if I dot go ahead wan use perfect binding does that mean the illustrator has to bear that in mind? Pardon me if you have mentioned it before I pray that you get help whenever you need it as well. Hi — I also spoke to someone in China and was offered saddle stiching. Of course in the long run it would have been cheaper. Hope that helps! All the best and back to my MS! Hello karen! Your site has taught me so much. Im planning to do a few samples first with POD to make sure it lookz alright..

I will eventually print more copies here have decided to do it here rather than china and market through schools and I am also planning to sell on amazon as well. When using CreateSpace, yes, you upload a PDF but it needs to be correctly formatted using a book template which matches the size of book you need. I would recommend using someone to help you with that side of things — I used Doug at Lighthouse Was hoping for a quick pick of your brain.

I have self-pubilshed many adult books through Lighting Source with great success. This is a no go for most libraries in the US and Australia where I will be promoting the book I live between the two countries. How did you deal with the lack on spine text on POD? Did the short digital runs allow for spine text? Hi Suzanne — funnily enough the absence of spine text on my picture book never bothered me — yet it did for my fiction books for older ones, to the extent that I made sure the page count would mean that I could include the details on the spine.

So all I can suggest is that you seek quotes and ask this specific question. Best of luck with your book! Hi Karen, Thank you so much for this blog as well as your YouTube link. I have found it very interesting and will take my time to take in all the information. I think it has clarified many problems encountered on the self-publishing journey.

Having read it I can see areas I can develop but also now feel assured that despite a slow plod the wheels on my,jay-jay supersonic bus, are at least turning the right way. Who knows, like all buses, maybe my next four books may come album ng all at once. As a teacher, visiting various schools the story does get there. I would love to see how to get my book in shops like water stones.

At least telling g the story I schools I know the children love it and should the adultsztop to listen too I know they do too! I feel inspired to just persevere. Thanks again. Getting into places like Waterstones is a nice idea, of course, but really only works at a local level where you have a chance get to know the store manager and of course they will only take your book if they like it and have the power to do so — this seems to vary by store!

In short, without a proven sales track record, backed up by a large sales and marketing campaign, the changes of a being accepted and b being discovered in store would be relatively or rather extremely! I am currently working on a picture book to a 9 line story that I have wrote. I have an illustrator on board who believes in the story as well. My question is , is there anyway I can produce a picture book as short as 9 lines? I know some pages will just be pictures but I was hoping to keep costs down and also tell my story as it is.

I am wondering what multiple of 4 will fit well to the 9 lines. I was thinking 6 front and back spreads so 12 pages total? In terms of how many words you story has there is no minimum rule and there are even some books that have no words at all and just let the pictures tell the story. In terms of how many pages your story would spread out over, I think that is down to your vision for it — and you would need to storyboard it to work that out.

So one thought is whether your story is developed enough? But again that comes down to testing the storyboard concept with your target audience? Is it true self publishers will offer an illustrator? I feel I have limited funds but a strong personal desire to bring my book to shelves! Hi Jean With limited funds which is the case for most! It is very difficult to sell picture books in large numbers unless you are ready to get out and meet your audience at school and library events. Other options are to google to find local art societies or similar close to where you live — or indeed farther afield.

You could also try the website fiverr. It will be a case of looking at the instructions on the site to find out how the process works. Other options are to post messages on LinkedIn where there are groups of illustrators. But as ever you will be up against budget. I found my illustrator on Elance. I hope that helps and apologies for the delay in my reply. Hi Karen Great site, I have just discovered it, so have probably missed the bit on finding an illustrator, do you have a section like that. Thanks Amanda. Hi Amanda — see my reply just posted to Jean above or it may be below!

All the very best. I think this would be interesting and helpful to know. This happened in stages and over several months I had a young family to attend to at the time! There was then more editing when I returned to it several years later. And of course there was then upload and checking. Probably a sixth-month project all told from starting with the image briefs to final publication. Does that help? Sorry not to be more precise! Karen, your answer is very helpful and just what I was looking for.

This book is a total of 48 pages with full color, full page illustrations of 43 of those pages, so it has been a lot of work. Hi Karen, Thank you for this honest and detailed advice on self publishing. I wonder if you can help me with a decision. Would really appreciate some advice here. Thank you, Lynne Ed. One of the benefits of joining the Alliance of Independent Authors, btw, is that you can post questions like this there and get lots of feedback.


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But if you can start by explaining to me what you will be supplying and what they are telling you you would get in return that would help. BTW, Lynne, the reason I am asking is a traditional publisher would never be asking for any contribution so it sounds to me as if this is some kind of assisted publishing service which may or may not have a good track record. Or it could be a publishing services company which is simply out to make money from authors who are keen to get their books out. Very interested to hear who they are. Hi Karen, thanks so much for getting back to me. The publisher is Austin Macauley.

They have asked for a contribution as I am a first time author. I spoke with a rep the other day and she said that the contribution could be less as I also had illustrations to submit for consideration. Will let you know what happens with that. What are your thoughts? Self publishing can be expensive so I wonder if I should snap up the opportunity?

Hi Lynne and Karen. Been reading about your experience with interest. Basically they are a vanity publisher who seem to be trying to convince authors that they are mainstream traditional publishers. They are anything but. But Victoria Strauss, an author has this to say. Let me stress: the situation is that, at the moment, we are only asking you to agree in principle [to make a contribution].

I can, however, assure you of one important point. If you were to agree in principle, the amount asked of you would be reasonable; it would be a contribution to initial costs only; it would not match the investment we ourselves would be putting into teh publishing, promoting, and marketing of your work. I would advise not to go with this and thanks to John for chipping in. I will reply in more detail next week when I have access to a laptop bout suggest you join Alli see the link at top of page.

We have a watchdog service that you could use as well as lots of free advice on reputable formatters to help you do this yourself. In haste Karen. Anyway just to add my voice. Where I come from we call such companies Avoid them and publish your book yourself. Trust me! Really useful Karen, thank you. Although I have all 3 books on Create Space, I did get copies printed too, with in the print run for the last 2 books. Having of my new book sitting in my hallway is certainly a good motivator for getting me out there marketing!

Hi Lorna — sorry for the delayed reply. Yes, Gardners requested 50 books or sometimes less — it was worked out by their systems based on my sales. And those in turn were often affected by book signings I was doing with Waterstones.

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This was because for my later book signings Waterstones wanted me to supply them direct and most of my other book sales happen at school events. I think the best thing to do is get in touch with Gardners and see what they say — if your non-fiction book is selling well they may well stock it. Hi, this is a great resource. Would I be able to print just one? If this is all new to you then unless you are very technologically minded I would recommend outsourcing to someone who understands layout and regularly formats picture books.

While I planned my layout in Word as seen above I outsourced the actual file creation to an expert! With either CreateSpace or Ingram Spark you would order a single proof. Obviously buying just a single copy is always going to me more expensive on a unit cost basis than several. You can add a bit of text but not sure how much. Hope this helps. In short, I would outsource the formatting for a print book unless you are very technically minded!

Thanks for this helpful post, Karen. A great deal of time has passed since you posted it. Do you know if either CreateSpace or IngramSpark have started offering the silk finish paper you recommend? Or any other reasonably priced sources of POD books? Hi Gary — so sorry for not replying to this! I think I do say this in my post. This post was so useful!

I do have a question I am hoping you could answer. I have decided to use Createspace to publish my book. However, like you I want to use an offset printer like Headley that I can use to print around copies for schools etc. Createspace provide one but probably not for this. I have followed all of your posts — very useful. Hi Sherilee — an interesting question. Or, there are things called bar code generators available online which your illustrator could use I think and work that into the cover design.

The downside is that CreateSpace an Amazon company is shown as the publisher rather than you — and when your book appears in the data feed that all bookshops get they will see this. And if you took the book into a local bookshop in the hope of stocking it on consignment it will count against you if they spot that CS is the publisher. I hope this helps more than it hinders! Big help thank you!

I decided to take your advice and have ordered a single ISBN! Ouch but hopefully worth it! Now to just find a decent print on demand printer in the UK! The paper stock etc is identical on Ingram Spark. But of course compare those costs with other quotes etc. Good luck with it..! Hi Karen, I loved your article and it is waking me up to the self-publishing industry. Thank you kindly. Hi Karen, Thanks so much for your ideas, knowledge and inspiration. Also do you know of guidelines to set up a contract with your illustrator?

This feels a little daunting! Thanks for any advice. Wishing you all the best as you continue to write, Marianne I pay my illustrator per hour and hired him via Elance who handled the payments etc. They are now called Upworks. From recollection think the various platforms offer example wording you could use etc — or try googling for a template. And at I hope this helps and best of luck with it. My own experience of finding an illustrator went as follows…i love on a small island in Canada where there are lots of writers illustrators artists.

For my first book it was very difficult to find an illustrator. I was unknown and noone wanted to take me on. Eventually I found a young woman in tried and tested who showed me her work. I made it clear from the get go that I would not be able to pay her by the hour…this could have been astronomical. We made an agreement that paid per picture and I would pay her a lump sum for every 3 pictures also a date for finished pictures.

Also the pictures would be mine at the end.. Thanks so much for your input. Great to hear how you found your illustrator! Thanks so much Karen and Standing on the Rock. Lots of great ideas and a place to start from. Already feeling less overwhelming!! Very encouraging Karen. Hi there — if you post your questions in the comments everyone gets to benefit from the answers.

Does that make sense? I wondered if you decided to stick with print on demand, or continued with short print runs please?. I have printed four illustrated books through Ingram Spark, and for one of them the illustrator and myself decided upon using the gloss version. For that book, we barely make anything and it has the lowest page count!. Or, week delivery. This really upsets me as I feel it loses us sales. I wondered how difficult it is to switch a title to Create Space please? Is it a complete new PDF upload process? Thank you so much in advance, and congratulations on your huge self publishing success.

Warmest regards, Cat X. Hi Cat — I will reply at the weekend — very busy with World Book Day week and out all week — and now just turning in. With apologies but must sleep! Many thanks for this. Also, I wondered what cover size you found with Createspace? We use Ingramsparks 8. Is that correct? Warmest regards, Cat P. Firstly, I still use a combination of CreateSpace and Lightning Source for my picture books — I no longer do separate short print runs for my school visit stock. In short there is no quality issue with the CS colour books. I have recently taken this up with them though.

If you decide to use CreateSpace you can use the same interior file for upload as for IS but you need a different cover file even when the book is the same size — the differences are minor but your illustrator will work it out by simply following the template instructions. Plus IS will put your books up on all the other platforms as they do now. You could, I suppose, just leave your current IS version there but I think it would be confusing to have the same book available in two different sizes…. Do you think I would still need to go through a self-publishing company, who know the ins and outs of the business and can put my work on Amazon and then rely on hubby for the social media and viral promotion?

Thank you again, Em. Hi Emmanuela — so sorry I missed your comment. You can find illustrators online and there is no reason it should be more expensive for you — if you watch my video on selfpublishing picture books I give a list of places to look for illustrators — eg Upworks. Which country are you based in? You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.

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