Self-Publishing: What Makes A Book Successful?

When it comes to getting your writing out there in the public, there are many ways to go about it. One method which is gaining particular popularity in the past few years is self-publishing. In self-publishing, you have a genuine and viable way of publishing your work. What’s more, the lines are being increasingly blurred between traditional publishing and self-publishing. It is now not necessarily a more lucrative venture to go the traditional route. If you are keen to self-publish your book, then you probably want to know how exactly you can ensure that it sells. This is the main fear that many self-published authors face. After all, you of course want it to be as successful as possible. In this post, we will go through some of the main components of what makes a self-published book more likely to sell.

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Captivating Cover

 

Let’s be honest: most of the marketing here is done at the actual point of sale. The old adage of not judging a book by its cover doesn’t actually apply when it comes to books themselves. After all, we all do it – you pick it up, check the cover and decide based on that. To that end, you need to ensure that your book has a cover which captivates and fascinates immediately. To achieve that, you might want to consider brushing up on your graphic design skills. Then, using software like Photoshop Illustrator, you can really work on designing a cover which sells. For training in Illustrator, see https://www.trainingconnection.com/illustrator-training.php.

 

Original Concept

Of course, it would be cynical to say that the actual work had nothing to do with the book’s success. It does, of course. For your self-published book to be successful, you need to ensure that the actual concept is original and fascinating. After all, originality is usually what sells the best. The trick here is to learn how to draw the line. You don’t want to do what everyone else is doing, because you will get lost in it all. However, if you go out on a limb too much, then you might suffer from being misunderstood. If you can find the balance between the two, your book will probably do pretty well. For more on developing a good concept, see http://jillcorcoranliteraryagency.com/what-makes-a-book-sell/.

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Strong Writing

This one should go without saying, but it needs repeating as it is so vital. To sell your self-published book, you need to make sure that the actual writing is as polished and strong as possible. Too many authors rush into publishing before they have even properly proofread their writing. It is far preferable to spend a good amount of time on ensuring your writing is as good as can be. Only then should you even consider publishing it, in any form. Remember that when you go down this route, you don’t have an editor. You need to be your own editor, so make sure that you are strict with yourself. Otherwise, your work might just not cut it. Get these three elements right, however, and all should go to plan.

[post contributed for tamarhela.com]

YA Week Spotlight: Author Cris Pasqueralle

Happy Thursday, dear readers!

Today, for YA Week, I’m spotlighting Cris Pasqueralle, author of Destiny Revealed & Paths of Destiny

Amazon link for Destiny Revealed: Click HERE to get it FREE

Amazon link for Paths of Destiny: Click HERE to get it for just $0.99

—>Don’t forget that if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read these titles for free!

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Cris Pasqueralle is a retired New York City police officer who has always had a passion and love for books. Writing one has been a life-long dream. It was his daughter’s love of fantasy fiction that finally led Cris to pen DESTINY REVEALED (Book 1 of The Destiny Trilogy). He enjoys writing Middle Grade and Young Adult because he believes that reading opens up a world of possibilities for young minds. He lives on Long Island New York with his wife and two daughters.

To learn more about Cris, visit him at these sites:

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YA Week Spotlight: Author Daniel Peyton

Happy Hump Day!

How are you celebrating YA Week? Have you picked up any of the books I’ve featured yet? If not, check them out by clicking HERE.

Today’s featured author is Daniel Peyton, who penned the book: Legacy of Dragonwand (Book 1). It’s currently on sale for $0.99, so get it while it’s hot! Click HERE to check out the blurb and make your purchase.

A little bit about Daniel Peyton…

me smallerDaniel Peyton was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and now resides near the Smokey Mountains in East Tennessee. He is an honorary member of the Sigma Alpha Iota, professional performer with the Miyagi Ryu Nosho Kai, and a longtime member of the Embroiderers Guild of America. Daniel is an award winning stitcher, graphic artist, stage performer, and cook. The varieties of experiences have helped him develop rich worlds and characters for his fiction works. Since the fourth grade, he has never stopped penning stories for the entertainment of others.

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Don’t forget to grab a copy of Legacy of Dragonwand by clicking HERE. And remember: if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read the book for free!

Stay tuned for more author fun tomorrow! Happy reading!

YA Week Spotlight: Author Chayil Champion

Happy Tuesday, readers!

Today I’m spotlighting a fellow author: Chayil Champion. Check out his bio and books below, and be sure to take advantage of the great prices/specials on his books! 🙂

ChayilChayil Champion, a Chicago native, is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books. He is also a graduate of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he competed in both football and track while double-majoring in English and Communications. During that time, Champion developed a strong passion for writing.

His most notable works are “Affiliated,” “Going Pro,” and “But He Said He Was A Christian.” Look for more works from Champion, including his upcoming superhero novels series titled, “Majesties of Canaan” coming Memorial Day weekend in 2016. When he’s not writing he can be found in a 24 Hour Fitness gym somewhere in Southern California where he now resides. To learn more about Chayil, visit his website at www.chayilchampion.com.

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Affiliated (Book 1 of The Lost Souls Series) – FREE

(click on the above link for the blurb and purchasing info)

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Going Pro (Book 2 of The Lost Souls Series) – $0.99

(click on the above link for the blurb and purchasing info)

More books and author spotlights coming tomorrow, so stay tuned! Lots going on for Young Adult week and I’m loving it. Be sure to get something good for your Kindle before the weekend. 🙂

 

 

Book Release: Palindrome 656 by CF Waller

Happy 2016, all! This is my first post of the new year, and I find it appropriate that it’s spotlighting not only a new book release, but one of my favorite authors as well. ANDDDDDDDD I happen to be the editor for this new edition of: Palindrome 656. 😉 

If you don’t recall, or if you’re new here, I hosted C.F. Waller, author of Free Dive, in this previous post. I am a huge fan of his work and had the privilege of editing Free Dive when Cosby Media Productions acquired it. You can grab a copy of Free Dive by clicking HERE. I actually bought a copy for my grandma for Christmas (she reads cool books, obvi).

But I digress. Today’s post is about the latest and greatest release from Waller: Palindrome 656. Below is everything you need to know about this book.

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Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Thriller/Dystopian

Publisher: Cosby Media Productions

Editor: Tamar Hela

Publication date: 1/12/16

Age recommendation: 17+

Blurb: SECRETS TELL LIES
When a ghost ship turns up in orbit after a half decade of silence, the powers that be are going to want answers. And when you are the only person still breathing, you can expect an interrogation. Hannah, the Empire’s leading lady of counter-intelligence, is about to go head to head with the Union’s best interrogators in a life or death battle to find the answers to some seemingly simple questions. As she decides what to answer and what to leave out, none of the stories she is about to share will paint her in a positive light, but in her case, they rarely do. It’s said that the “winners” write the history books, and while the Union continues to demand answers, it seems Hannah, whose greatest victory is managing to stay alive, is the only one holding a pen.

Grab your copy from Amazon by clicking HERE.

 Where can you connect with C.F. Waller?

Stalk him on Google (click this link for a laugh)

Website: Cfwaller.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wallercf

Twitter: @wallercf

Amazon (book links/author page): Click HERE

 Goodreads: Click HERE

About C.F. Waller

Charles published his first science fiction novel at age forty-seven, after a flight on an ill-fated commercial airliner over the Atlantic Ocean, that nearly became an episode of Why Planes Crash. This experience illustrated for him firsthand that writing about exotic or dangerous locales was safer than traveling to them. Since then, he likes to think his meticulous research and storytelling gives readers a clear sense of their grandeur, without the inherent risk of flying.

After narrowly escaping the academic death-grip of several universities, Charles worked in nightclubs, took a turn as a new car salesman, and also as a hurricane shutter engineer. His favorite authors include Oscar Wilde, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and Michael Crichton. The latter being especially close to his heart, as Crichton epitomizes the techno-thriller genre and and the failure of humans to interact with technology.

Though he will forever be a Midwestern boy at heart, he now lives on the gulf coast of Florida with his wife, Tina, and one fuzzy feline companion. If he’s not working on a new novel, you can find him volunteering at church, playing overly competitive Yahtzee with his spouse, or indulging in an unhealthy addiction to competitive cooking shows on television.