I Published My First eBook

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So, I’ve been writing for years and have not published, so I decided to jump on the self-publishing bandwagon and give it a go. I know that there are a lot of mixed feelings about this (some people say it’s not a “real” book, etc.), but in my self help journey, I’ve discovered two major realizations that helped me decide: 1. I don’t care what other people say 2. See number 1.

Several factors influenced my desire to self-publish. First, I wanted to do it fast! I didn’t want to wait around for someone to accept my work (or not) and then do the publishing on their time. Second, I wanted to do it for free. Amazon’s ebook publishing did not cost me one cent. Third, I wanted to be in control of my content. I am an excellent writer and editor. I’ve been doing it for YEARS, so I didn’t want someone to tell me what to do. Finally, I wanted the experience. I am the type of learner that has to DO something in order to actually learn it. So, I wanted the experience of formatting, editing, AND marketing my own work. Because I knew all of this, I was confident in my decision.

Here’s a breakdown of my experience:

I started with a small work that I’ve been half-ass writing for a while and is focused on my consulting/solutions development startup. It’s about Sexual Harassment and how training sucks.

*It took me about 2 weeks to write the book because I’m still working part-time, raising kids, and being an awesome wife, plus I’ve had a shitty cold virus. I downloaded the Kindle ebook add-in for Microsoft Word which does all the formatting for you!!! It was amazing! Sometimes I had to play with it a bit, but overall, it was great. START WITH THIS STEP.

*While I was writing, I did some pre-publish marketing: I started trying to find a target audience and regularly posting about the upcoming work. This was not very productive, so I’m going to research how to improve it.

*Once I finished, I went through the steps for Amazon publishing ebook. I did not enroll in KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) just to see how it goes alone.

* I shared my ass off on social media, and I did set up an ad campaign on Amazon for $5/day for 4 days. I figured I could drop $20 just to see how it goes.

*So, I’m two days in and haven’t gotten a sale, but I’m going to keep going on this marketing trail and see where it takes me.

Oh, and here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0762M884C

Just in case you want to buy a copy for $2.99!!!

PLEASE COMMENT ANY FEEDBACK!!!

About jewels319

Experiences in a legal office, a small southern university, teaching high school and college, raising kids, painting, loving, traveling, and changing have all led me to write. I've always been passionate about helping others find their voices, but I had trouble finding my own. I feel like I finally have, and I'm ready to share.

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