And totally worth it.
(Doesn't mean I won't also try other forms of publication--that's still up for grabs. But it was the right move for my Clockwise series/genre.)
I've been at it since September, so for eight months, and I feel like I've been to school (and schooled! ha.) One thing I figured out is that nobody really knows what they're doing, especially me. I mean, how can they (I), when the publishing floor is constantly fluxing under your feet?
So what was the Smartest and Dumbest thing I've done so far?
Let's start with Dumbest and get it out of the way. I'd have to say the dumbest thing for me, was putting my books on Kindle Select. I know lots of people sing its praises, but I would bet many more are grumbling quietly in their tea, feeling stupid and trapped.
1)You have to make the top 100 free (the only benefit to Select in my opinion, is easy to obtain free days, but they don't give you near enough for what they ask you to give up in return) in order to see those fantastic post free sales they promise you. Clockwise did make the top 100 and there was a couple weeks where I basked in a post free sales glow. My middle grade did not, so there was no significant sales payoff.
And it's not that easy to get your book back up on those other sites anymore. Smashwords no longer distributes until you've been accepted into their premium catalog (probably a good thing for quality control), but it's taking forever.
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I've learned so much from these women and would be an emotional, ignorant mess without them.
The thing is, Indie Publishing is still a relatively new thing and what works and doesn't work is always changing. All you can do is try different things and see what works for you.
We have a saying at the Indelibles: it takes a "herd of turtles." Meaning, many books moving forward slowly over the long run. That's the secret to Indie Pubbing success.
How about you? What's your smartest and dumbest move in publishing?