I have been selling my ebooks through sites such as Amazon and Smashwords for some time now, years even, but I have recently been thinking about selling them directly, on my own site. Instead of sending people to Amazon’s site, and risk them being distracted by all the other books that Amazon is going to show them, I can keep them on my site, Spiralcat Books. It took me a while to get my head round how to do this, but I figured the best way was one of the sites that takes care of all the technical stuff for you.
I have started work on Dark Galaxy 5, which I am giving the working title of Blood Star. The way I write a book tends to be slightly different every time, but the first step of the process is usually coming up with a title. The titles for this series are always the name of a space vehicle within the book: Galaxy Dog is the name of the game-changer spaceship the hero and heroin get their hands on in book one, Iron Dart is the name of the spaceship piloted by a bounty hunter who is a thorn in the sides of the two main characters, etc… on through the series.
As I wrote in a recent blog post, I am launching my own publishing operation, where I can publish my own books and have total control - bwahahaha. To do this well I will need a few things, including my own publisher’s website, the ability to build my own epub and mobi files without the interference of Draft2Digital or Kindle Direct Publishing. I want to do this as professionally as possible, which means each Mobi or epub file would have a logo in, just like a book released by Bantam or Penguin.
I am launching my own publishing operation, where I can publish my own books and maybe, in the future, even books by other authors, too. I’m also toying with the idea of releasing books with my illustrations in. Anyway, for the new publishing operation, one of the first things I will need is a new logo. Step one was to draw the logo in my sketchbook. I did this the old-school way with a pencil and a sheet of paper, so the first step to turning my idea into a logo was to get the logo into my computer so I could I work on it and make it look beautiful.
My latest book, Cosmic Girl, has just been published. Cosmic girl is on Amazon and many other platforms. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I’m quite pleased with the results. Cosmic Girl is a mix of young adult, sci-fi, and horror. I love sci-fi and fantasy, and I’m a child of the 1970s and so Star Wars type space opera will always find a warm welcome in my reading stack.
I write sci-fi books like Galaxy Dog and there are lots of options for selling them as ebooks, such as Kobo and Amazon. But then I started thinking that there was no reason why I couldn’t have my own platform, and sell my books through it. A platform that I create myself will likely never get the number of visitors of an Amazon or a Kobo, but it will be mine, and I will have complete control over it.
I posted about working on the cover of Cosmic Girl a couple of days ago, and I’m coming back to the subject again, because I left off when the cover was far from finished. The cover is probably one of the most important factors in getting people interested in a book, so it is worth investing time. The amount of time I would need to invest in this cover, however, was significantly more than I had anticipated.
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