My latest book, Cosmic Girl, is nearing completion, and that means it is time to think about the thousand and one side tasks you have to do when you are self-publishing and you have to do… well… everything. By the time the text is ready, which is as I said very soon now, I want the cover to be ready, and I want to have a nice compelling blurb for the back cover of the book, and some kind of marketing strategy, and a good idea of the price point I want to sell it at… and a thousand other things.
This page is where I have collected all the books I have written, and it is getting to be quite a long list. I have had to divide it into genres. So far I have written some Sci-fi, some Fantasy, and even a little Horror. Let’s get going with the Sci-Fi first. Sci-FI Galaxy Dog (Dark Galaxy) Start Reading the Dark Galaxy Trilogy Galaxy Dog is an epic space opera.
I recently wrote a blog post about redesigning the covers of my books to make them more uniform, to give them more of a brand. The next book in this process is the box set that combines the trilogy of books 1-3 of The Dragons of Westermere. The book currently has a cover that I actually quite like, but it has different looking text to the way I want my books to look, going forward.
I’m listening again to a podcast about promoting sci-fi and fantasy books. The specific episode I’m listening to today is SFFMP 108 which is titled: Amazon Ads, Mastering Email Marketing, and Effective Social Media. In this episode, Jo and Lindsay chat with Tom Corson-Knowles, a non-fiction author and entrepreneur. He is all about branding and improving ebook sales, so the discussion covers things like Amazon advertising, email marketing, and social media.
Today I started listening to a podcast about promoting sci-fi and fantasy books, and the very first episode I listened to had me making big changes to the way I distribute and promote my books. The podcast features Lindsay Buroker, who has been writing seriously since 2009 and stumbled across self-publishing in 2010, Joseph Lallo, who publishes via Smashwords.com, and Jeffrey M. Poole, who is a fantasy author. The podcast is specifically related to helping sci-fi and fantasy authors promote their stuff, it is an hour long, and it goes into great detail about what does and doesn’t work for specific authors in specific genres and sub-genres.
I have written a few books now, and they are a little all over the dial when it comes to genre. I have written sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, and I’m working on another in a genre best described as Stranger Things-ish. The various series all have different looking covers, and my name is usually written quite small. Today I have been thinking that this might be a mistake. I have decided that I should make more of a “brand” for myself as an author, and that means that my books shouldn’t all look so different.
I’m in bed with flu at the moment, and that is what I’m blaming for the low frequency of blog posts, though it’s also possible that it is just me being lazy. Anyway, while laid up, I have been reading a lot of posts on my favorite websites, The Guardian for UK and international news, Slate and Vox for US news, Birth.Movies.Death for movie news, and most importantly io9 for nerd stuff.