When you publish eBooks, even if they are only short stories, there is a lot of other stuff you have to do. These days, you can’t just write the books and send them off for someone else to do all the work. Whether you self-publish or traditionally publish, you’ll need to do more work. And I self-published, so I’ll have to do a whole lot more work. It seems never-ending, but I plug away at it as I can.
Today, I am plugging away at it.
You’ve already read about some of the things I did before the publication of the #CampSeries. Because I decided to publish through Amazon.com, I had to do some work when uploading the eBook covers and manuscripts. Those tasks included such things as adding a description, deciding on prices, and adding tags and keywords (and I’m not even sure if I chose the right ones!).
Then I had to wait, so I worked more on the promotional plan each day, tweaking it as I thought necessary. The wait was not long, less than a day each time I published a story, which I was thankful for. Once published, it shows up on Amazon for selling, but not directly on your author page. You still have to wait a matter of hours to see it there, as long as you have captured the title once it was published.
I then got down to the business of (more) promotion. Just before and after each story was on my author page. What did I do? Here are some of the steps I took, though there were likely more. Some of it was kind of a blur. In no particular order:
- Made a post here about the three diary entries from the main character, a little girl named Jessica, I was writing to go along with the stories, sharing it on my social media channels.
- Made another post with updates, and shared it on my social and professional media channels.
- Let my daughters know the link to my Amazon page in hopes they would share in facebook statuses, which they did. The bestest soon followed suit.
- Changed my header photographs for this blog.
- Changed the header photo for my Facebook page.
- Changed my Twitter header photo.
- Updated my Authorsden profile. Followed a couple of authors I admire.
- Set up my author profile on Goodreads (I was already a member) and started adding my ebooks. Followed a few fiction authors I admire.
- Linked my blog to my Amazon author page and the Goodreads author profile.
- Published more updates here on the blog about what I was doing.
- Posted The Bear here to the blog; the first diary entry from Jessica, the main character in the #CampSeries. Shared to all my social media channels. Added a link to the manuscript for Rascal.
- Published Rascal, posting about it here and sharing on all my social and professional media/networking avenues.
- Updated the Tales from the Mountain page here on the blog.
- Posted I Told, the second diary entry from Jessica, here to the blog and adding the links to it and Rascal to A Trip to the Outhouse.
- Published A Trip to the Outhouse, posting about it here and sharing the heck out of it to my social and professional networks.
- Added pics and links to the books on the sidebar here on the blog. Though I am planning to figure out how to make them smaller if it kills me.
- Updated my resume.
- Posted A Dad, an Uncle, and a Boogie Man, the third diary entry from Jessica, here to the blog and shared it everywhere. Made sure the links to all stories and diary entries were added to the manuscript for Auntie’s Boyfriend.
- Updated the About Me page here on the blog.
- Made sure all eBooks were added to my libraries on Goodreads and Authorsden.
- Published Auntie’s Boyfriend, posting about it here and sharing the heck out of it. Made sure all links to the stories and diary entries were added to the manuscript for Hidden Camp.
- Published Hidden Camp, posting about it here and sharing it EVERYWHERE.
- Wrote an article, Genre Writing, for my blog Live the Freelance Life, and linked it to what was published so far as a way to get the word out about the stories more, as well as the posts: Happy New Year! Updates for You, Why do People Make Resolutions?, Last Year was a Year Of…, What does the New Year Symbolize?, Set 3 Goals for the Year. How will You Keep up with Them?, and Multiple Streams of Income (And a Goal Met!).
- Changed my feature area on livethefreelancelife.com to reflect the publication of the #CampSeries for a while.
- Updated About.me to lead people to my amazon author page rather than my portfolio.
Quite a bit of work, and I know there were a bunch more things I did. Maybe I’ll write a book about it all sometime, lol. I also know there will be a lot more to do in the future for each eBook.
My point? There is a whole lot of work behind not just the writing and publishing aspects of eBooks, but also the promotional end. I have a far better understanding of what authors before me (and those coming after) have to go through. The sheer number of hours spent from the glimmer of an idea to publishing and selling just one eBook are uncountable, because your doing things even when you don’t know you are.
And this is why I vow to:
- Buy more physical and eBooks from authors I admire.
- Read new authors works.
- Rate and review every single book I enjoy or take even just one thing away from.
- Help other authors, whom I particularly enjoy reading, with their promotional efforts in any way I can.
And I hope others do the same for me, because the sheer amount of work we put into each piece of work deserves to be read. And all authors deserve to be paid.
Have you published? How did it go? What publishing and promotional tactics did you use? Please share your advice and books in the comments, or email me at email@example.com. I obviously can’t buy everyone’s books, but I ‘ll do what I can.
And please read my stories and #sharetheluv by reviewing, rating, and sharing the stories if you enjoy them.
Shannon L. Buck