* Fair warning, this post is about some of the negatives about Indie Publishing, but I do still love it and I'm not dissing it completely
As some of you know, I self-published my novella, BREATHLESS, on April 1st of this year. I'm very proud of how the book turned out and I love it. I've received six great reviews and positive ratings! A few one stars and twos (on Goodreads), but I've not let that get me down. I really loved picking my cover and going through revisions with my editor! I gave myself plenty of time to get things done and actually release the book a few days early.
The blogging-community was so helpful in sharing about the release of my new book and participating in the contest I shared! I really had a great time publishing my novella!
My novella has been published for 4 months. So, I thought I'd reflected a little about the post-hitting-the-button stage of indie publishing. To talk about the stuff, people don't always wanna talk about.
That is for this month. It's the 17th of the month and I've sold one book. One. Now, that is certainly discouraging. Don't get me wrong - I didn't start writing to make money. I don't expect to become famous like J.K. Rowling, Veronica Roth, etc... (I admit, I do want to be Cassie Mae, her books and nerdiness is awesome). But I guess I had hopes of at least making enough money to pay for my Netflix account ($7.99 a month), so I can binge watch Star Trek while writing or at least cover the costs of publishing my novel in the first four months. I paid $150 for the cover, formatting, and editing of my novella. I really wanted it to look nice.
Total royalty earned: $33.51
Through the Kindle Direct Publishing Select, I did a few promotional free periods to hopefully promote the book. I gave away almost 2000 free books. And it didn't really improve sales or reviews. At this rate, it's going to take a long time to pay for my book and I'm not even making money. I work two jobs, fifty hours/seven days a week, and squeeze in writing when I'm not exhausted. Granted, I'm single and don't have a husband or kids, but I'm busy and writing comes as the thing I love, but don't always have time for.
Marketing... I'm not good with marketing and I don't like book-spamming. I did my book contest and didn't do anything else. Some friends spread about my book and reviews, but I didn't really know many other venues for marketing, which made it hard.
I know there are a lot of stories out there on the internet about the successes of indie publishing and that's wonderful. But I think there need to be some stories about how stressful and how disappointing the process can be for some of those independently published books, which fall through the cracks.
To Summarize: I'm not hating on self-publishing. I've loved the whole process and I know many people who have had a lot of success with indie-publishing! I would even consider indie publishing again, but it's been a struggle financially. I'm really looking for a small publishing press for my next novel. One thing, I do really like about it is the costs are not directly on me for everything and it really makes me feel better. I just wanted to share about how it's going so far. I'm going to keep writing and hopefully someday I'll make enough in a month to pay for my Netflix so I can say writing contributes just a little bit. It's my first book and I think the next book will do even better. :)
Have a great day! I'm off to volunteer with a bunch of my coworkers, making care packages for kids with cancer and I'm excited to get to help out! :)