Weekly Roundup #4
Weekly Roundup – February 18th, 2020
Welcome to the fourth edition (two weeks late, family emergencies and the like) of “weekly roundup”; a new weekly blog post discussing the latest updates from my own writing adventures, the world of literature, Twitter, and more.
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Self-Publishing Journey with Amazon
Quick Note: Over The Creek is on Amazon. Woohoo!
Self-publishing with Amazon has been….an interesting journey, to say the least. First, the excitement following the official publication on Amazon. Second, a few friends and family purchase and receive the book. Third, checking the reports section of the Kindle Direct Publishing dashboard.
Where are the accurate numbers?
Long story short: there is no clear answer from anyone at Amazon why the reports are not showing accurate and updated data/earnings from books sold.
Needless to say, this has become infuriating because many other authors are experiencing the same issue.
I wasn’t expecting my first ever children’s book to sell hundreds or even thousands of copies. Hell, wasn’t even expecting more than a couple dozen in the first few months. I’m grateful for the amount of sales I’ve received so far – it’s truly validating. Not to mention Over The Creek is currently a 5-star reviewed book.
Do I find somewhere else to self-publish? There are alternatives to Amazon like Ingram Spark and other services. However, Amazon is currently the most “notable” retailer and option.
If I’m selling a color-printed book at roughly $15 a copy, that’s only $5 in royalty earnings.
Talk about a steep cut.
Take the good with the bad, right?
Finding My Way Into Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble is a giant bookstore franchise with stores all over the United States and beyond. Being published is just one part of my dream as a writer – books being sold at Barnes & Noble is the other part of that dream.
Happy to report that a Barnes & Noble store here in Surprise, Arizona happily agreed to order a few “test run” copies.
Over The Creek will officially be sold in a B&N store later this week.
That very same day, I announced the wonderful news on several Surprise Facebook groups.
The response was more overwhelming than anticipated. News of the book release garnered 200+ “Likes.” What’s more is several dozen people have stated they want to purchase a copy for either themselves or for their family members when it arrives. Furthermore, I will be setting up an “Author/Signing” event at the same store.
This has given my writing a new life, if I’m honest. The response has made me feel validated as a writer.
Look out for more on Twitter news of the author/signing event and more.
Find Me On Twitter
On Twitter, not only do I work to promote my book, but share other writers’ works as well. Using the hashtag “#WritingCommunity”, I like to connect with other writers, asking various questions, keeping things lively and engaging. Just last week alone, I earned 800+ followers.
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