Happy Wednesday and thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday. Today I have author Krista Kedrick visiting. She’s written an interesting and informative post about why she went the self publishing route versus traditional.
Krista is also sharing a sample of her release THE DOVES OF PRIMROSE book 1 : Lacy.
And if that weren’t enough excitement she has a fabulous giveaway that you can enter…so check out the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post!
Self-Publishing: Why I like it
As I’m counting down the days to my next class about the art of self-publishing – and I have to give a shout out to our library director Kendra you’re awesome! – I find myself wondering how I’m going to answer the questions that might come up. The hardest and perhaps easiest to answer is why did I decide to self-publish? And my answer is: It was the right thing for me.
I spent months researching all the traditional publishing companies, agents and author’s sites learning who, what and where. I wrote up the best query letter I possibly could, I polished my manuscript into a shiny, new penny, made a list and started submitting. After a few weeks I got back lots of no’s and a couple of send me mores. So I was excited – I’m sure you can imagine. After 3 years of writing, re-writing, editing, giving it to my critique partner, re-writing again, giving it to my friend, re-writing again and so on. This is it, I’m going to get this thing published!
And then… a contract arrived. I read it. It was both shocking and disappointing. They want what?! I wrote this thing, it’s mine and you want to pay me 15% royalties, that means they keep 85% for themselves and their marketing program of new authors is pretty lousy. The appeal of being published with a company was strong, very strong. But I as the creator didn’t have any rights after I signed my little name to the bottom. So I went with plan B.
Lucky for me I had done my homework already in this department, because every time you search publishing companies, self-publishing everything pops-up. So I had read up and made notes- half a notebook full of notes. After a little more work I had a plan. Publish, Promote, The hard part was deciding which one to go with so I went with all of them! Hey – I figure the more places it’s available, the more opportunities for customers. I also made friends with Jan Fischer Wade http://www.shewrites.com/profile/JanFischerWade She has a wealth of information for authors on her blog. I urge you to follow her. I also have really enjoyed Lyn Horner’s site http://texasdruids.com/ as well. She also has a link to Writers in the Storm on her site that was equally helpful to me.
I have also spent years in the sales area and I liked it. There I said it – I Like Sales! I don’t have a problem talking to people, asking questions, striking up a conversation with anybody. It’s what I do – I’m genuinely interested in people. That’s why I write. But if you don’t like talking to people don’t rule out self-publishing. The internet makes it a viable avenue for authors of all kinds. Introverts and Extroverts. Between all the social networking sites and free sites for press releases it’s a gold mine for advertising. And most introverts have a community of sites, blogs, etc. that they actively participate in. If you don’t – Start. The more you’re name shows up the better.
Also your friends and family are wonderful promoters of your work. Have some cheap business cards printed up. www.vistaprint.com is a terrific site for all things promotion for a small investment. I got a 6 ft. banner printed up for $21. And 1000 business cards for $10. That’s pretty cheap marketing. Your friends won’t have any problem handing them out for you. Also get creative about it, leave them with your tip for your waitress, if you still mail bills put one in the envelope, in the bathroom of any store, your hair stylist bulletin boards. You get the idea.
Self-publishing for me was a way for me to indulge my impatient nature and to also tap into some of the other things that I enjoy. But I caution you about it. Awareness of you and your book may take longer, and there will be a period of trial and error but that’s true for everything -even publishing through a traditional publisher. One more place that was an eye-opener was http://www.vickydreiling.com/blog/ She has an amazing post on social media and sales. Read it. It was very informative. She spent years in Marketing and is very knowledgeable about it.
Self:Publishing – Go for it!! And Good luck!
Lacy: The Doves of Primrose
By: Krista Kedrick
Lacy Weston… or is it Campbell? Hell her husband took off so fast he may as well take his name with him. She is trying to run the historic family bed and breakfast out in the middle of the prairie while coping with her husband’s desertion, trying to keep up with her two best friends and oh yeah, the movie production that has landed in the middle of The Dove House and taken over, bringing former rodeo champion, famous actor and Lacy’s old flame with it.
The last thing Lacy needs…
Kyle McClintock is back in Primrose to shoot his latest western blockbuster and to see if the passion he and Lacy Weston had so many years ago could be reclaimed. Yes, he had ulterior motives when requesting his old hometown for the set, but he may get more than he bargained for. Strange happenings, hot tempers and Indian summer nights may prove too much for this cowboy.
Nobody ever said it was easy loving a Weston.
Hi y’all! I’m Krista Kedrick and I’m a country loving writer. I write stories with the country way of life in mind. Yes, they have cowboys and cowgirls, ranches, tractors, dogs, children and your occasional bar room brawl, but in the end they are down home people who do the right thing and find a love more powerful and promising than your everyday story. Because that’s how we are. Everything is stronger, more passionate and long-lasting.
I write from my home state of Nebraska while living my dream life (well, almost). I have an amazing husband, two of the cutest daughters on the prairie and a Basset Hound who teaches me the meaning of the word “patience”.
Kick back and enjoy my books about the country life– but keep your boots off my coffee table.
Rafflecopter Giveaway (2 Paperback/5 Digital)
Link to Rafflecopter Page, http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/NTIxYWM0YzhjYmFkNDc1MDkxYzA3ZDNmMjhhM2RjOjgy/