When I published Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life last October, I made the decision to use the Espresso Book Machine at Powell’s, and the Espresso worldwide network as my primary distributor. Up until now, the books have only been available that way and through Powell’s Books directly.
As a way to prepare for our September book launch, though, I set up an account through Lightning Source, a professional printing company that many small presses use. Then I paid my setup fee and took Brave on the Page through the necessary steps.
Brave on the Page is now on Amazon! And Barnes & Noble! And, while I haven’t checked, it should also be in the Ingram and Baker & Taylor catalogs where libraries and bookstores can order it. I’ve set a short discount and will not accept returns for this particular title, so I don’t expect bookstores to pick it up, but I love the fact that come September, with a standard discount and a returns policy, any bookstore that wants to stock A Simplified Map of the Real World by Stevan Allred will be able to do so. And that release will be very different, because the Amazon link will go live around the same time as our official launch, and I’ve been crazy busy submitting advance copies for national reviews.
But now I have a book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and I’m not sure what to do. I’d love advice from all of you indie authors on what my next step should be. Asking people who have read it to leave reviews? Setting up an author/editor page? (Is there such thing as an editor page?) Follow through with my plan for an ebook and add that?
I’d love some help! In order to sweeten the deal, I’m giving away a copy of either Yuvi Zalkow’s A Brilliant Novel in the Works (see this post for a taste) or an advance reader copy of Stevan Allred’s forthcoming linked short story collection. You can read more about A Simplified Map of the Real World at the new Forest Avenue Press website. (Winner gets to pick.) If you comment once or more than once, you’ll get one entry in the giveaway; if you share a link to Brave on the Page on Amazon or Barnes & Noble on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, you’ll earn an extra entry for each link (but be sure to come back and tell me!). I’ll accept entries until midnight on Friday, June 14. The winner will be chosen using Random.org on Saturday and notified here in the comments.
And stay tuned for another upcoming giveaway; in a few weeks there will be a chance to win David Corbett’s wonderful new writing resource, The Art of Character.