Over the next few blog posts I'll be looking back at my sketchy notes and picking out some of the things I found particularly useful.
The first lecture I attended was by Talli Roland and Nick Spalding about their experiences with self-publishing.
|Photo courtesy of Harper Adams University|
- Publish your novel first, THEN have your marketing push. Have your marketing plan in place but don't start promoting your book until readers can click on a link to buy it.
- Make sure you have the license to your book's cover image and fonts. I knew about the image, but had wrongly assumed it was okay to use free fonts. Check the license of each font you want to use.
- Write an exciting blurb. So many of the books I see on Amazon, both traditionally published and self-pubbed have no description. How can a reader make a decision to buy it if they don't know what it's about?
- Design an eye-catching cover that works as a thumbnail and in black and white.
- Get your book professionally edited!
On Friday I'll be looking at what I learned from Ian Skillicorn's talk on marketing and self-publishing your ebook.