In this episode of the podcast I talk to self published author Alan Petersen about self publishing costs and exactly how much he paid to put his book out to the world.
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His book designer: http://damonza.com – Book cover designers are one of the self publishing costs you have to swallow. Books with bad covers don’t sell.
Kboards (several times). Alan’s username: Alan Petersen.
Alan on Writing:
Start drawing out scenes, if you’ve got those you can then put it all together.
You just have to sit and write, simple really.
Alan on Book Pre-launches:
– Get reviews
– Get book bloggers to mention you.
– Find a book in your genre that is selling well, see who is reviewing it (though a google search, for example “[Book title] review”). Reach out to them, be personal, and ask them for a review.
Alan on Editing:
Editing – completely worth doing, another of those self publishing costs you just have to accept. Line editing costs around $300-$1000 for 90k words. Alan paid $500.
Check the editors references, give them a sample (not the first chapter, but something from the middle, it’s usually less well written).
“Spend the money!”
Tip for new writers:
Scrivener – authors writing tool. Link.
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