My best friend Michael O’Brien agrees I should stop giving my stuff away for nothing on my blog. I have written various things and not put them there recently, too busy.
I have only 75 or 76 followers on my blog. My nephew said people liking and following other people’s blogs often only want a like or a following in return. I don’t want those likes and followers. I know at least one is genuine, the only one I wrote to and who replied. Thank you.
My plan is to have a book printed and sell it locally, quite a few people, maybe 43, have said they will buy. I will sell it for almost nothing, the printer will make more than me.
I ordered a book on self-publishing from Amazon today, by Rick Smith, which seems the best on the subject. So my work may be available as a print on demand book (POD) and also electronically when I can get my head around how to set up writing for those and uploading and all that.
That way is known as going over the heads of the gatekeepers, who are very good at slamming doors in people’s faces and ignoring them. Going direct to the public.
25 per cent of the top selling books on Amazon are self published, usually half POD and half digitally. Digital books have a 65 per cent market share, and growing. People buying digital books buy more books, presumably because they are cheaper than on paper, as well as instantly delivered and other advantages. Being old and traditional I prefer paper books and do not own an electronic book reader. Also being broke.
The paper method costs more, including to me to get my book printed locally for which I will have to borrow. Selling as a self publisher through Amazon involves a steep learning curve, hopefully I get to the top of that hill! But no cost to the writer, except time and know how. The know how I do not have but hope to learn.
Of course not every book sells, I am well aware of that. Today I heard I failed to win a short story competition. A friend of mine said, when you’re starting you have to do everything for yourself.
Contrary to my title here, this may not be my last word ever on my blog. Look forward to Full Start.
I’m a crazy mixed up old man, not a crazy mixed up kid.
4th August, 2017