IngramSpark – a marathon not a sprint

Scroll down to content

Self Publishing gets a bad rap, but like me as a teenager, it’s mostly misunderstood and just wants to be loved. I’ve been working through the fun, fun, fun that is uploading my first novel to IngramSpark. It’s not easy but it is simple, if that makes sense. The website has very easy to follow steps, there just a lot of them, and they ask questions that contain words like tax and compensation and you have to sign things. eep

I know it’s not difficult and I’ve done it all before for the art sites I’ve sold through so I’ll plow through. If you’re going through it, or you’ve stopped for some reason because it’s all too hard, just keep going. It’s worth it. On the weekend, I heard a writer who has paid a LOT of money to an assisted-publisher say that it was ‘so much easier than doing it themselves’. Yes, if you really just have one book in you as this guy did and have no intention or desire to write more then an assisted publisher is perfect. However, if you intend writing and publishing for the foreseeable future then you really owe it to yourself to learn how to use platforms like IngramSpark, Amazon (KDP) etc or aggregators like Draft2Digital or PublishDrive.

Today my goal is simply to complete the tax information on IngramSpark.


I desperately wanted to start a writing group called WRITE CLUB (hahaha, get it, like FIGHT CLUB, the book by Chuck Palahniuk. (The Fight Club was a brutal, underground club with bare knuckle fights.) Someone beat me to it but hasn’t posted on their page for over a year. Sane thing happened with The Little Paris Book Club; someone beat me to it. Why can’t I have any original ideas? gah!

So if you remember the book (or the movie of the same name) Fight Club had rules. The first rule of Fight Club was ‘nobody talks about fight club’. The first rule of my WRITE CLUB is that nobody is allowed to try to sell their books to other members of Write Club. I love books and buy far too many of them but when it comes to books, if there’s one thing I hate, it’s being pressured to buy a book. I actively tell people NOT to buy my book if I think they aren’t going to like it. It’s like Gluten Free Muffins. Don’t take my gluten free muffins if you’re just going to take a bite, say it’s gross and put it in the bin. And while I’m on food related analogies, when I buy a book I don’t like I get so mad. It’s like the useless calories you’ve eaten when you have a meal that’s sub-par. At least you don’t have to purge to get rid of a book you don’t like….eww

There’s NOTHING wrong with promoting your book, you just have to promote it to the right audience! I’ve been building my Facebook group for over 8 years and I am at about 4400 followers. It’s awesome, but I recently discovered that I can use fairly inexpensive ads on social media to reach the people who are my audience! So fear not, fellow writers, if you don’t have a huge following, it only costs a few dollars a day to get one!


Listening to this podcast right now – CRUCIAL listening for anyone wanting to launch not just one book but a career as a writer.


SELL THE SHIT OUT OF YOUR BOOK BUT FIND YOUR AUDIENCE FIRST.

Feature image from literarytraveler.com my new fave website ❤

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

bodyandsoulnourishmentblog

Welcome to my site to find inspiration and nourishment for the body and soul

AJWOOLFENDEN

Young author looking to expand her bookish world!

Espresso Science

Shots of science, full of flavour. With Dr Jen from Triple R.

Pete's Favourite Things

Birds and trains and history and all of the things that I enjoy

Wren Davis Writes

Pen name writer/Blogger

WordMothers

Resources for women writers, interviews with female authors & reviews of books by women

Equinoxio

A Blog about magic, fiction and art

purplezengoat

exploring the interface between zen, writing and productivity

ATTACKING THE FILTHY FIFTIES

Keep Moving Forward, There's Only One Finish Line and We Ain't Crossed It Yet.

Whispers of a poet's heart

the reverberation of a hidden well...freed.

Adobe 99U

A resource for the creative career

kawiyoga

Enjoy every moment..in Bali!

The Unseen Library

Expert reviews of the latest and the best in Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction and Crime Fiction from an Australian reviewer.

jillwrites

Author of Dual Visions & Vashla's World, also co-author of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales and Mystery, Mayhem & Magic as one of The Ten Penners, I write book reviews, articles and other interesting prose.

thetenpenners.wordpress.com/

a collective of children's story writers

claire.she.goes

Content Writing

%d bloggers like this: