Today I am publishing the first in a series of at least three novels called Redemption: Of Their Souls. I’m very excited about this series and the characters in the story. I love these characters – not only the primary characters but the rest of the cast. It was a fun story to write and to research because it allowed me to be completely free and use my imagination. There were no boundaries. I’m also excited to post into a new category: Fiction/Fantasy/Supernatural.
I’m beginning to realize that with the limit on Amazon/KDP to only select two categories for your book, there is a great benefit to having another cover so that you can upload it into another two categories. It gives you greater exposure and that hopefully translates into greater audience and income.
The entire process of going through CreateSpace and KDP has been very easy for a novice, however, I have had my mistakes and I am definitely learning as I go. I’m quite sure that by this time next year I will have learned so much more about the process of self-publishing and how to refine that into an equation for success. When I have that figured out I will share! Although I am happy to answer any questions on the front end.
As a new writer and the parent of three children who are simultaneously in college, money is tight. Let’s just say that I have not had the financial freedom that Elizabeth Gilbert had when she went traveling for a year and wrote Eat. Pray, Love.
I do understand, better than anyone, how important having a professionally created cover for your book is and how that can impact sales. My situation is a case in point. I wanted to launch How to Save A Life, before I could afford a $300 graphic artist project on 99designs.com or a similar site, but the budget does not allow for that yet. So I decided to try Fiverr.com, another site where you can commission art work for a much cheaper price. There are many artists who will do something for you for only $20. With low expectations but deciding I might as well give it a shot, I commissioned something from an artist who is from the Middle East. His cover was not what I had envisioned, with a definitively Middle Eastern image of a woman, to which he then added a burning airplane, but I decided that since you can have your novel loaded unlimited times on KDP with different covers, that I would give it a shot. On the first ‘free give away day’ there were 171 downloads with the crazy cover in contrast to the 71 free downloads with the cover I created myself.
I have a specific idea of what I want the cover to look like but it is a $300 project. Hopefully, it will be soon!