My first indie published ebook is out in the world. I published my non-fiction booklet, The Raw Food Difference: 10 Easy Steps to Beauty, Energy, and a Smaller Butt!. It’s a guide to adding more raw vegetables and fruits to your diet and the benefits you can get, if you do. (Among other things, I lost around 60 pounds, and I still get to have dessert.) Having shipped that first project is a great relief and a bit of a thrill!
I spent hours on my laptop trying to get formating just right and going through the process of uploading to Amazon’s Kindle store. Since I’d done so much of the work for Amazon, uploading to Nook was much simpler and easier. (Barnes & Noble hasn’t yet released it.) Neither was as complicated as I expected it to be, though I expect things to be a bit tougher when I have a full-length book ready for a print option.
The ebook is priced at $2.99. I kept the price low, because it’s a booklet. It’s 37 pages, as I state in the description. I didn’t start off at $.99, because it’s packed with information and resources that are valuable to a reader with interests in this area. I kept it very focused and left out the usual fluff. Over time, I’ll see what happens and adjust the price accordingly.
Marketing is a completely different beast, and I haven’t yet attempted to tame it. I’ll add a link to my current and older blogs, The Raw Difference and Rediscover Raw Food. I’ll figure out how to do some marketing on twitter, but in-you-face marketing isn’t really my thing. My longer book non-fiction book is almost finished, so I’ll try to wrap that up soon. Claiming more virtual shelf space is always a good thing, but I’ll have to figure out other ways to get my work in front of readers.
I’m doing final rewrites on my novella, and I have a much more specific plan for marketing it. “Shipping” is my theme for 2011. I defined the term as completing and releasing projects. It’s time to factor in the audience.
Go write something!