I haven’t blogged for some time, because of the steep learning curve I’ve found myself on with the next step in the self publishing process. The Kindle content and the cover photo have long been live on Amazon, and re-uploaded several times: https://www.amazon.com.au/s?k=Karrana&ref=nb_sb_noss_2,,
One of the highs of self publishing on Amazon, is that you don’t have to pay money to a third party, or wait for months while publishers decide whether to publish your manuscript or not. You earn 75% royalties rather than what publishers afford you. You can publish first as an ebook for Kindle, and re-upload until you are satisfied with the product, before ordering paperbacks. Amazon KDP gives feedback when you first upload, advising of any spelling and other errors.There’s a lot of information on the KDP website for the first-time author/publisher: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/.
Forums and help lines exist also, both on KDP and outside, in particular the helpful Kindle Board forum site: https://www.kboards.com/
The PDF of the Word document for paperbacks was up and ready to go, but I’d hit a snag. The birth of the paperback cover, using a template provided by Kindle Direct Publishing, was proving obstinate and difficult to oblige. I’d used Powerpoint to design the cover with a photo from Shutterstock. (See the Featured image for this post). My next step was contacting support by phone, as I’d followed directions carefully, and couldn’t see why it wouldn’t upload. This problem suddenly righted itself after the phone call.
Another problem was that the Library where I convene my Creative Writing class had not been able to keep a space for my Author Talk before the end of the year, which I’d imagined, wrongly, could have doubled as a Book Launch; the novel was, in fact, already published on Amazon as an ebook, but not, at the time, as a paperback.
This Talk would have included my publishing journey, and information about self publishing with Amazon. Many writers are keen to learn about the process of self publishing, especially if they are proficient at self editing, as well as skilled creative writers. There is mistrust surrounding self publishing, as many poor quality manuscripts were published in earlier days. Amazon has put a brake on this, by implementing strategies to prevent badly written books being uploaded.
I am only now on the point of organising a printer in Sydney to enable me to have published books in my hands by the end of this month of September.
My next step is seeking out venues for a Book Launch. Two possibilities are Randwick Library and the Margaret Whitlam Community Centre, which is leased by Waverley Council.