I Published My First eBook

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!!!

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