All about self-publishing

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All about self-publishing

For any self-published authors and those curious about self-publishing to share ideas, tips, gripes and successes! 

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Hi All

Quick question. 

Does anyone know the quickest way to find out lifetime sales to date of each of my books on Amazon? There is a lot of information available on the dashboard, but not this very straight forward statistic - how many books have I sold in total?

I only seem to be able to do it by a painful adding up of different months of sales.


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Hi everyone

I'm new to the forum and I'm hoping to find some like minded self-publishers with a bit more experience than me for guidance!  I'm a professional portrait artist and author, who has been lucky enough to have three books on how to draw with graphite pencils, published by Search Press. However, I've always had a burning ambition to publish a book on how to paint with pastel pencils.  I did approach my publisher but they had already commissioned another artist to do a pastel book so they weren't interested.  So, I took the plunge and self-published my printed book which was launched on Amazon Feb 14th 2021.

It's been a bit of a rollercoaster since which I'm sure many of you can relate to. Lots of ups and downs, doubts and worries and Amazon, I have to say, have made the journey very, very stressful.  I do have a great website which we are constantly updating where I sell my book as well but currently I'm mainly selling in the UK.  Has anyone out there who has self-published a printed book successfully managed to sell through Amazon in the USA etc?  The process is SO difficult I have given up for now, even though I have my UTR and my registered trademark.  Are any of you selling in the USA through an agent?  How is your marketing going - that's not easy is it either! :-)

Anyway, thank you for reading this and hope to hear back from any other self-publishers out there who bit the bullet and paid to have their dream book printed too :-)

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Belated Happy New Year all. 

Just about to send my book off for a line-edit and commission my preferred cover designer, social media up and running and website nearly complete, but now worrying about marketing for probable publishing at the start of April. 

You clever folk who have already done it all will probably think I'm being a total wimp, but I'm starting to think it might be better to farm out some of the marketing work to someone who knows what they're doing. I've watched videos and read all the advice here from helpful individuals but frankly, I'm nervous. Never was good at ploughing through and interpreting stats and data. Plus, my time is going to be severely limited this year because of re-opening the museum I run with no.1 husband. Virus-permitting that will be at Easter, which, darn it, is also April. And book 2 is nagging me to complete it. 

Has anyone handed over any of their marketing to an agency? If so, which one? How did it work for you? 

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Hi everyone! I hope this year will be successful for all indie authors. Curious to hear your goals and plans for 2022. Mine are to publish one book (already written) and write another. Anyone else feeling ambitious?

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Hi everyone,

Hope you're staying well in these continuingly strange times. It appears the pandemic has been made into a trilogy... 

I've finally taken the plunge and published my debut (the first of what I hope will be a seven-book arc, aimed at the YA market). Harry was kind enough to choose a section from the second in the series (The Children of Excalibur - now complete in its second draft) to feature in one of his live editing sessions. 

I may still have a long way to go, and it's up to others to decide if this is any good(!), but I do know it's immeasurably better than it would have been without Harry's weekly posts of wisdom. I'm grateful to him and the many other kindred souls on Jericho whose wise words have helped me polish my writing. 

If anyone fancies Arthurian-themed dystopian fantasy, set in a very near-future, locked-down Britain (sound familiar?), please check it out: 

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I've published my first contemporary fiction/romance.

Now I am battling with Amazon advertising and working on the second book in this two-part series. Are there enough hours in the day.

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I haven't written a word for several days. I've been testing out all the different options for creating an ePub and MOBI file for my planned reader magnet.

- Draft2Digital - straightforward interface, but very little flexibility. Take it or leave it.

- Atticus - Better options for different layouts, but still quite limited. $170.

- Vellum - Only good for Macs.

- Reedsy - Nah. Limited.

- PressBooks - Not bad, but when I took the ePub file and got BookFunnel to turn it into a MOBI, it replaced all the quotation marks with an A with a circumflex, the Euro sign and the Trademark sign!

- Calibre - Clunky, but actually very good at turning a Word document into both ePub and MOBI. And free (donations welcomed).

So, I've gone with Calibre. I did struggle a bit to get the Contents page. Ended up just creating contents page in the original Word document, which was successfully carried across, but didn't generate the drop down contents menu on my Kindle. Not a problem for my short story, but might be more of a pain for a proper book with chapters.

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Okay, so I do seem to exist, after all. I must have left the page with hitting POST. I'll try again...

So, my question for the brilliant hive mind is all about Draft2Digital. 

I have just done a trial run of editing a short reader magnet on D2D. The main body of the text looks fine, but it really didn't like what I did with titles and subtitles etc. D2D decided that my titles should be on a different page to the text, and generally messed around with my formatting (which looked fine in Word).

Is there any way I can edit within D2D? I have tried using the different templates, but they don't do the job. I have tried editing the original Word document differently, but to no avail. Really, I just want to dive into the D2D version and mess around with the layout to get it how I want it.

Have I missed some obvious functionality within D2D that allows me to do that, or have I just hit the limit of what you can do with free software?

I've only just joined this Group (inspired by my D2D problem), and I have read through previous threads, but couldn't find a definitive answer.

If there is no solution, then I'll probably have to try a different approach. I've seen references to Atticus, Vellum and Reedsy in this Group. I don't have an Apple Mac, so I presume that takes Vellum off the board. How about the other two? Or any others?

I'm sure you've all discussed this subject to death many times already, but if anyone could jot down a brief summary of the different options, I would be very grateful.

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Er...  I posted a little something here an hour or so ago, but it seems to have disappeared without trace! 

Just testing with this little post to see if I really exist...

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Hi fellow writers. 

Can anyone help?

I want to order some author copies of my book before it is published, but have been advised by my book designer that this is not possible through the Amazon system.

I have seen the book below on Amazon which is not published for another 6 days, yet has 431 reviews which are verified purchases?!  How is this even possible, given what my book guys have advised??

Anyone got any ideas if and how I can order author copies (not PROOFS which I already have) before publication?

Thanks in advance.


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Does anyone else use Facebook Ads and find that they don’t deliver anymore? I’ve barely sold anything when I’ve used them the last couple of times. Had lots of ‘likes’ but just no follow up. I wondered if they’ve changed something?

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If anyone is considering Atticus for formatting, The Self Publishing Show episode 298, now on YouTube has an interview with Dave Chesson where he talks about the features and gives a few hints on publishing on Amazon.