Dreaming a Little Dream, Or #SelfPubCon2019

I mentioned before that I attended the virtual Women in Publishing Summit this month. I got so many wonderful tips during that summit that I decided to attend the online author conference that took place over the last couple of days. It’s actually still going on. I’ve already read through all of the transcripts that apply to where I am right now and what I might want to know for the future. The #SelfPubCon2019 has proven quite worthy of my time, and has taught me a lot. I’m happy I attended.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2019.
My grandson, Little Man, showing off his hockey gear one day when I was visiting with him. ❤

So I’ve been dreaming a little, as I’m sure all authors do who wonder about the future of their writing careers, because came across one session in particular dealing with self-publishing.

Dreaming about what, you may ask?

Well, I’ll tell you.

Mainly when I write a book I think about turning it into an ebook and think about where I might sell it. I know that, a later date, I want to publish each series as an ebook of short stories. Then I’ve thought about turning those collections that are long enough into paperbacks. It will take time, as I’m not completely done with the short stories in any series. Only one sub-series, so far.

One of the presenters was explaining all you can do with an ebook. He says not think of a book as only one product. They have the potential to be so much more. Examples include:

  • audio books
  • audio book translations
  • large-print paperbacks
  • stage plays
  • tv adaptations
  • movie rights
  • and more

A lot of possibilities for just one book. So, yes, I have been dreaming of the possibilities a little. I mean, who wouldn’t? Right?

I also learned about a way to use one link for all platforms I am selling on. One link on a book from my site would bring you to a display page showcasing all the places the book is available. You choose where you want to purchase from, then it asks if you would like to set that store as your default the next time you click on one of my books. If you do, subsequent purchases will be that much quicker and easier for you. I’m going to try to set this up with all of the books next month, but I can’t promise. It will happen soon though! And I’ll let you know when that is.

This will help me to track data such as which books are being clicked on and which stores you are clicking through to. All information I need to better serve you better!

I also learned a few other interesting things:

  • Kobo pre-orders count for 2 times the regular ranking boost. This is another important thing I need to keep in mind when preparing to publish a book. Rankings are important for authors in so many ways.
  • It’s important to get reader feedback in the form of answers to questions and polls, reviews, and blurbs.
  • Website and Bio tips.
  • Information on two websites that I might find useful for marketing.
  • The importance of going wide; or not putting all of your eggs in one basket.
  • Ideas for what to post on this blog.

These virtual summits and conferences were free to attend, and I’m so glad I did. I expect I’ll do the same next year as so much can change in that time.

When was the last time you dreamed a little dream? What about?

~ Shannon

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