Linking Books and Setting Pre-Orders

When we publish through Amazon we’re encouraged to have a pre-order period for our books. This allows people to order them ready to download on the day of release which will then be counted in the first week of sales and, theoretically, pushes our book further up the rankings increasing the visibility of our books. […]

Fiddling With Formatting

Once we’ve finished our manuscript we need it formatting, we can pay someone to do it for us or we can do it, the free option, and still have a quality product. If we’re going down the Amazon route they provide software to create an ebook or a template for Word. It’s important to note […]

Which? What? How?

Self-publishing your book can be a daunting experience. There’s advice everywhere and a large part of it seems to revolve around ‘you’ve got to spend money to make money’, which is problematic if you’re a writer with no money and no chance of saving any to pay for services. So, how about we look at […]

Starting Self-Publishing

This week we’re taking our first look at self-publishing in a new four article format: Tuesday – What? How? Where? Taking a look at possible services (Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft2Digital) Wednesday – Fiddling With Formatting, Looking at the differences between Amazon and Smashwords formatting Thursday – Linking Books and Setting Pre-orders, Looking at publishing an ebook and paperback on Amazon Friday […]

Platform Focus: Wattpad

When I began my first serial Victorian Mistress it was on one WordPress then I branched out onto Wattpad which is very different but has some good features. For a start it has an option to clearly copyright a story, there’s also a mature content setting for adult fiction. However, there are disadvantages, in the […]

Image Helps

We’ve discussed creating a cover, particularly if we’re posting our serial on a site like Wattpad, where a cover can draw the eye. We can use the same methods we used to create covers to create promotional images. Although I’ve had some issues with this on Twitter where, for smaller screens, Twitter has cropped portions of […]

Marketing Focus: Twitter

I’m no marketing expert, and I certainly wasn’t when I started Victorian Mistress a year ago. This year I’ve focused most of my marketing efforts on Twitter which does have negatives, the major one being that it leaves you open to attack from trolls (internet bullies), but so far my experience has been mostly positive. […]

Creating a Cover

NOTE: This article refers to covers for free-to-read serialisation on sites such as Wattpad. It turns out having a cover is really important. I didn’t have one to begin with, which wasn’t so bad on WordPress but when I expanded onto Wattpad it became problematic. My early covers weren’t too great but I’m incredibly lucky […]