19 thoughts on “My Experience with Kindle Direct Publishing

    • Thank you very much. It’s still a little weird to think of my book being published – it’s something I’ve been working at for quite a long time.

      I’m not sure on protocol for people reviewing my story – but I’d love if you would.

  1. Well done! Must be a great feeling.
    I’m heading there myself very soon – just doing the final final proofreads, so it’s good to hear that it’s not all that hard to get it up there. 🙂

    • Thank you! It really is a great feeling – and you will be feeling it soon! 😀

      I will definitely check out your book when you get it up there. The KDP program is very simple and I hope more people take advantage of it.

  2. Congrats! It’s nice to hear a success story such as this. I, too, will be heading over to KDP just as soon as the final editing is done and my cover art is formatted. As far as seeing your name out there on a published book, I’m already experiencing a similar weirdness in that I have spent my entire online life in anonymity. That doesn’t actually work well when you want people to go buy your book(s), though. So, I’ve been working on building up my public presence and it’s…weird. Weird to see my actual name where everyone else can see it too, and at the same time, know who I am when they read my comments, tweets, status updates or a blog post. Now after reading this post, I imagine I’ll be going through more weirdness when my name is attached to a book that people can actually purchase. But after the years of writing my novels and then the time and energy (read: frustration and headaches) researching has taken me to make sure I self-pub the *right* way, I guess I should just start chanting, “Bring on the weird!”

    • Thank you! I wish you all the luck on your book being published – I will have to check it out once you do.

      I haven’t spent my entire online life in anonymity, but this is the first time I’ve used my last name online (excluding facebook). I’ve never been shy about my first name, unless I’m on a forum or something, but that’s mainly because I used to try to pass as a guy for fun.

      But yeah, it is SO weird to type my book’s title or my name into Amazon and have it pop up. With my name on the cover. Really weird. But I promise it’s a good weird! And it is totally frustrating and headache inducing to research *proper* self publishing. Guess we’ll just have to embrace the weird and move forward, eh?

      Thank you so much for the comment!

  3. Hey, just wanted to let you know that I posted a review for your story. I was surprised by how fast I read your story and by the fact that the review came to me pretty easily. Anyways, I tried to give you the honest review that you deserved.

  4. First of all, congratulations!

    Your thoughts on KDP were very interesting — I was actually toying around with the idea of self-publishing via Kindle, but I hedged because I didn’t realize that it was as user friendly as you described. I ended up signing with iUniverse (a self-publishing company), because they do editing and all the formatting for you, which I’ve never tried, but can guess I’d be pretty bad at, lol. You mentioned the importance of proofreading before uploading that final manuscript – any other tips? I’m still in the editing stage – haven’t submitted the manuscript yet – so I’m always looking for ideas 😀

    • Thank you very much!

      It really is a simple program – my only real hiccups were with formatting. Have friends who are interested in the genre you write read through your manuscript. Have them be brutally honest – you want the plot to be the best that it can be. People who like the genre you write will know what to look for in means of content.

      And don’t be afraid of shameless self promotion. I made a facebook page specifically for my writing. I posted on pretty much every single social networking site I’m on. Here, deviantART, facebook, twitter, google+, even Tumblr.

      Good luck on your novel, I will check it out when you get it published!

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  5. Congrats! I love sci-fi and from the comments you got so far – yours looks really good. I hope you make a ton of sales.

    re: the marketing thing. People are getting lots of ‘borrows’ with the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (koll). If someone borrows your book you still get paid: Last month (April ’12) it was $2.48 per borrow. Less than your 70% commission on a $5 sale but still- the exposure is totally worth it. I noticed you weren’t signed up… take a look you might like the results.

    Congrats again and best of luck…!

    • Thank you very much! I’m hoping to make a lot of sales as well.

      I’ve been considering the lending library – it would be a smart move. I’m also considering dropping the price just a little bit.

      Thank you so much.

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