- People will complain about price, no matter what it is, and changing it to something lower will not affect sales. In fact, it’s more likely to impact them.
- A professionally edited book has more avenues to be marketed. There are some book reviews sites that will not review a book unless it has been professionally edited. Anything that reduces your opportunity for exposure is bad, especially if you don’t have a large marketing budget to advertise but depend on the reviews of others to get the word out about your book.
- Many have commented that the book was not long enough. It was not even something I’d considered when I published it, but people have an expectation for a book that it be a certain length. I think my book was about 75% of the length people expected.
- Word of mouth is hard to build. Many of the successes you’ve seen in the self-publishing world (those books that got picked up by a large publisher) built a large fan following before ever being published. A lead time of one to three years would go a long way to building an audience for the book ahead of it being published.
- Many self-publishers have a dedicated web site to the book (or books) and you can buy the eBook or hard copy through a link directly on the site (not many actually sell it directly, but point to a major retailer’s web site for the book).
- Pushing the book at conventions requires a lot of pre-planning and an outlay of money for a table to hawk your wares. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this, but I was definitely not prepared for the financial outlays, especially just to push a single book.
- The act of publishing the book and eBook is actually fairly easy now with the tools available on the internet.
- Marketing is NOT easy.
- Actual publishers want a built-in audience for your book – it is a plus when approaching a publisher and sometimes a requirement. Catch-22 – if you already have a built-in audience, why do you need a publisher? You can get additional exposure through the publishers web site, promotion through retail outlets, and prestige that gets reviewers to look at your book and review without you even asking. Ok, maybe you still have to ask, but it’s easier to get them to do it when they see it was published by a major publisher.
What does this mean for the future of The Adventures of Reztap? I’ve pulled the book because it does need to go to a professional editor. I thought I did a bang up job editing it, and many normal readers may only notice one or two errors, but it is riddled with errors mostly due to a rewrite from third person to first person. I missed point of view changes in many places, even after three very thorough editing reviews.
I figured if I’m going to send it to a professional editor, I might as well address additional issues with the book. Length being the primary one. I will be adding an epilogue and an appendix with information about the universe according to Reztap. Where appropriate, I may add some passages and information within the story itself, but it will remain the same overall story. I won’t introduce any major plot changes or anything like that. As I’m halfway through writing the sequel, I have a better insight into areas where I may be able to expand the original story where it makes sense to.
For now, the hard copy of the first edition of The Adventures of Reztap is still available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon/Createspace, and The Book Patch. I will likely leave them there for now.
I will continue to write the sequel and the third book in the series. After making changes to the first book and completing the next two books, I will approach some major publishers to see if there’s interest in publishing the books.
As a complement to the books, I will be investing in a dedicated web site to the books and intend on putting blog posts and short stories with the characters on there, as well as some book reviews of other authors. I hope I can build a decent audience over the space of a year or two and bring the world back to readers. Until then, grab a first edition hard copy if you can. I’ll probably pull those after a few months as well.
Thank you for your support and attention!
P.S. Keep tuned to this blog for updates on the aforementioned web site, sequel(s) progress and other news.