Self-publishing Unboxed


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Self-publishing Unboxed is book 1 in the The Three-Year, No-bestseller Plan For Making A Living From Your Fiction series by Patty Jansen

About Self-publishing Unboxed

You intend to self-publish or have published a book or two. You’re not selling very well and wonder why not. You feel you should be doing something, but the thought of “marketing” gives you nightmares.

You don’t want to become one of these people shouting “Buy My Book!” on Twitter.

But you would still love to start selling some books, and pay some or even all of your bills with your writing income.

The good news is that this is ever more possible when self-publishing, if you set yourself up right.

This is where the three-year plan comes in.

The Three Year, No-Bestseller Plan For Making a Sustainable Living From Your Fiction has been a popular forum and blog post on the subject of career and audience building vs chasing sales and rankings of individual books.

People have long asked me if I’m going to turn the post into a book. The post itself is about 1500 words long, but it covers only an overview of the strategy and is intended for people who are already familiar with many of the tactics discussed. There is much I could add and explain in more detail.

Enter the books!

Self-publishing Unboxed is a 101 guide to self-publishing and selling your self-published books, and it will show you:

–The basics of self-publishing

–How to optimise your book’s listings

–How to decide which services to use (and how to pick scams!)

–How to decide what you need to spend your time on besides writing

–Easy and cheap ways to promote

–And much more

It is ideal for people who are at the beginning of their publishing career, as well as those who have dabbled a bit, but are ready to take it seriously.

Take control of your writing career and get your copy now.

Here is a sample:

This Is A Book About Making Money From Your Writing

Gasp, I know. How dare I talk about money?

Writers are supposed to be precious and exclusive creatures who need no food and clothing and have no kids who need education and no rent that needs paying. They live off thin air. They have no lives because they can’t afford lives, begging from friends, couch-surfing, slaving away in exploitative, backbreaking jobs, all the while banging away at their typewriters in the attic at night.

Because, art.

Every now and then, you will come across much-hyped articles in lauded, old-fashioned newspapers, or even websites (but writers can’t afford the Internet, remember?) that perpetuate the myth of a poor suffering writer by trotting out just one of these writers.
They signed a book deal, got a $3000 advance. The book never earned out, and the publisher didn’t want the second book. They wrote another book that sold even less and now earn a pittance from their writing and supplement their writing income from speaking gigs and teaching writing classes. Because, obviously, the world needs more starving writers who can’t sell their books.

I know, right?

Of course, on the other side we find the other myth, that of the writer selling their soul to the devil called commerce, writing vast quantities of pulp books, churning them out, even contracting other people to write for them, because they write books that readers gobble up like cheap candy. This soulless writing (or so the literati say) thrives on churn; one book is like every other. But, hey, at least these writers can afford to pay for their own attic.

Stereotypes. Who doesn’t love them? As soon as you say you’re a writer, people will mentally put you in either of those two boxes.

This book is not about either of those extremes, although both definitely exist. It is also not about the soulless grind of finding an agent and selling your book to publishers who pay next to nothing, make you sign restrictive contracts, give you a poor cover and publish the book two years after they acquired it, barely market it and then hog your rights until the end of time.

It’s about writing what you love, writing it well, positioning it well in today’s market, and building a sustainable long term income through taking control of your own publication and your own audience.

It’s a book about making a viable, sustainable income through self-publishing.

Continue reading. Get Self-publishing Unboxed now.

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