I went to some workshops on self-publishing at Imaginarium 2019. Here are a few tidbits I came across:
- Consider wide distribute-Don’t just put the ebook versions of your novels on Amazon KDP; also use Kobo, Smashwords, iBooks, etc.). If you opt to enroll your ebooks in KDP select, you can’t place them on any other website. Something to think about.
- Consider audio versions of your books-Check out ACX and Findaway. Don’t forget royalties will be shared with the narrator.
- Consider Patreon– Patreon can help with discoverability and visibility.
- Consider translations of your books-Although it’s expensive, having your novel translated into another language can widen your audience. Check out Babelcube for translation services.
- Build your mailing list-Create an account with MailChimp.
- Claim your Bookhub profile-Your books can get visibility through this discount ebook service.
- Hybrid author-Mix it up-Not only self-publish, but offer your books through traditional publishers and small press.
- Scrub your social media-Don’t assume your readership has your world view. Go back and delete those posts that may be too controversial. Also, not all social media platforms are the same; concentrate on the ones that work best for you.
- Publish steady and frequently-One author said she publishes a short novel every three months. Another once suggested having your whole series (such as a trilogy, etc.) written and release at the same time or within weeks of each other.
- Remember your goal: build readership.
I am neither endorsing the publishing services linked on the post, nor am I saying they are the only ones. Consider your own goals when publishing your novels.