Self-Publishing – Opening Up Shop

April 27, 2022

Many years ago, when I first started blogging, I did all sorts of posts on actual writing technique aimed at newbie writers.  This time around, I will leave that to the experts, though I will probably do a round-up of my favorite craft books at some point and maybe occasionally offer public floggingscritiques, if there’s interest.  The writing posts for this blog will be more about my steps/journey into the indie publishing world and my take on the writing “lifestyle.”

So…I published my first book.  I equate this to setting up a virtual “shop” on the web.  I have a storefront (my Amazon author page), I have signage (my blog, twitter, goodreads) pointing people to my shop, and I have one product to sell (my book).

Just like for any shop-owner, openings are nerve-wracking!  There’s so much to do.  You are constantly sweeping the floor (or revising your product page), checking the inventory (I don’t even want to admit how many times a day I just go to Amazon to look at my book’s page, lol), and mostly…waiting for customers to amble in.  And waiting.  And waiting.

My book has been up for 10 days.  I announced it, officially, 5 days ago.  I’ve moved a little over 20 copies so far, including borrows and copies I have given away, and I’ve received one rating on Goodreads.  I’m not sure if that’s good, bad, or average, but I want this blog to document the journey, so there it is.

I read on a forum somewhere that you have to hand-sell your first 1000 copies, and I’m starting to see that is sort of true.  Especially when your little shop is just one of half-a-million, right next door, that are selling the same product.  It is not my goal to make money at this point.  If I can break even this year (paying for stock images and promotion) and gain a steady stream of newsletter subscribers, that would be amazeballs!