Congratulations! You’ve completed your novel, now what? We all strive for the last sentence, but in self-publishing that is not the end. This week we discuss the next steps with Crissy Moss. As luck would have it, Crissy recently completed her second novel and she will share her process on getting the story shipped.
You know that work that I didn't come to the show for? I finished it! Probably no one will even see this...but I did it. And I have a Snickers to eat in peace and quiet in the middle of the night now, thank you.
@michelleread I see this. :)
@writerwade I GOT THE POOOWER!
@ChrishaunKellerHanna Haha yeah apparently. I guess I have that power!
@ChrishaunKellerHanna It's me, I'm good with anticlimactic endings.
@crissymoss OH OH OH CAN I JOIN?!??!
I'm gonna have fun with my national tax at some point. Once you hit $60k a year income you have to be GST (goods and services tax) registered and pay 12.5% on whatever you sell. Seeing as I sell books overseas there is no GST on them and (as far as I know) my overseas income doesn't count toward the $60k threshold for GST :P
@matmorrisauthor did you say that you link to the actual book page for the available books and the newsletter for WIP's?
@ChrishaunKellerHanna me, too!
The border used to be worse. They still charge too much, but the delay isn't as bad as it used to be. Shipments from CreateSpace come much faster now.
@RChazzChute Yes, I will never complain about their speed. Damn they fast.
@BatmanErica Thanks for that tip, I'll look into that. Right now, CreateSpace charges me double what the books cost to ship them.
@PerryConstantine no worries. It's amusing though seeing as Amazon own the Book Depository :P
@ReneeKelley About what? I haven't said anything for a while :P
@ReneeKelley Wut^, yo?
Mat's right, going direct is actually pretty simple. I have a Mac so I can go direct to Apple and I find iTunes Producer to be pretty easy to use. Kobo's real easy as well. Google Play is a pain in the ass. B&N is the only big site I can't go direct to because of country restrictions, so I use D2D for that and everything else.
@PerryConstantine And B&N is run by monkeys.
Oh and also, if you use permafree, you can't make your books free through Nookpress. You can only make them free if you use an aggregator.
@PerryConstantine I *definitely* recommend D2D for all permafree
Not a fan of Bookbaby. It costs a lot of money to make alterations. They also told me I'd lose all my reviews if I left them (which is not true.) I also just closed what was left of my Smashwords account because of the slowness and it's not a destination site, anyway.Just used D2D today. They're really fast.
What's the key to getting things up on Apple when you don't have a Mac? It seems like they have a lot of rules before you're able to upload there. (No outside links, etc...)
@PatrickSzabo I got dinged there, too.
@PatrickSzabo For unapproved links--even though ALL my links go right to landing pages on my website.
@PatrickSzabo Smashwords is so awful. I go direct to almost everywhere and use D2D for everything I don't.