Today’s Ask Dr. Diane: I am interested in self-publishing a book. Can you tell me about your experience with self-publishing and things you have done to market your books?
That is a good question and one that I often receive. Check out my previous posting: How to Publish or Self-Publish Your Book. I used Createspace for self-publishing. I had a great experience with them. They are affiliated with Amazon. The site offers different options based on authors’ needs. Some of those options included:
- Do-it-yourself tools to design interiors and covers
- Comprehensive design and editing
- Expanded distribution options
I found that the company was very responsive to my questions. They took my design ideas and gave me a couple of covers to choose from based on my input.
Createspace is not limited to book publishing. They also work with musicians and filmmakers.
Once your book is published, and available on Amazon, you will then have the ability to create an Amazon author page. That author page can incorporate links from your blog. Authors also have the option of making their books available on Amazon’s Europe-based site.
There are plenty of books that can help increase your sales on Amazon’s site. One book that I thought was pretty useful was: Aiming at Amazon.