On the heels of my second book, Starting Your Career As A Musician, which came out in late February, I started tapping the keyboard again. I just can’t stop myself.
My new book, The Freelance Writer’s Business Book, is just about done. This one is self-published, mostly as an experiment. Nothing against my publisher, Allworth Press. They’re great folks and I owe a debt of gratitude to Tad Crawford and everyone else in the Allworth family.
Things in the publishing world are moving toward self-publishing on the Net. Actually, they were moving. Now they seem to have arrived. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and PubIt.com, powered by Barnes and Noble, are a couple of platforms. Lulu.com and CreateSpace are options for folks who want a physical book printed on-demand. A quick google will yield many more.
The Freelance Writer’s Business Book covers much of what I wrote in the first one, Starting Your Career As A Freelance Web Designer, but with a focus on writers. As mentioned, I’m almost done with the book. The next step is formatting it and making it look pretty for readers. That’s the easy part.
The not-so-easy part is promoting and selling it. I’m looking into all sorts of options for promotion and distribution. It’s actually on Amazon now, but I’m not happy with the formatting in KDP and I’m going to take it down.
The promotion part isn’t too complicated. Guest posts, press release, Facebook, Twitter, yada, yada, yada. I’m working on that plan now.
The distribution is another story. I was just going to use Paypal, like I’ve done with my Rate Calculator for years. I still might go that route, but, in poking around, I’ve found several options that might be better. There’s Quixly; FetchApp; Pulley; E-junkie and Gumroad. There’s likely several others, each with their own pros and cons.
So, now it’s time to don my Sherlock Holmes hat and weight those pros and cons. We’ll see how it goes.
I’ll be setting up and e-newsletter to keep folks up-to-date on the book’s progress, along with excerpts and such. If you’d like to subscribe, here’s a link.