Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How to be a Kindle bestseller

I've eased off on my "indie advice" lately for several reasons. One is that it can sound like a slam on Big Publishing--which is not what I'm about. I love the publishing industry and it's brought both real joy (in the form of books and money) into my life and also my decade of experience has shown me the incredible challenges involved in creating and selling a book--from the author's brain to the editor to the bookstore to the reader's hands. If even one book makes it and changes a person's life, that's something to celebrate.

However, I also believe in Compassionate Self-Reliance, and I don't see the indie path as a subversive way to "stick it to the man." It's got plenty of challenges, too. So today I am sharing in gratitude some of what I've learned, just as I will every Wednesday. My post at Parajunkee's View today tips the hat to just a few of those who have created my success, but I know every one of you--including you who just clicked to this post--are part of the Scott Nicholson dream.

And I don't want to lecture, because I don't know anything except what has and hasn't worked for me. If you want broad advice, snag your free copy of Write Good or Die. If you have a question about any part of the industry or the craft or the art or the life, drop it in the comments, and feel free to offer your own advice and conversation. I will be traveling over the next few days but I'll hit this on my coffee-shop stops.

Self-publishing? Vicki Tyley talks about the indie writing journey and success

Zoe Winters talks about her self-publishing experience  

Maximizing your promotional efforts at Windwalker's Indie Kindle blog 

How to be a bestseller? Simple. Sell a lot of books. Don't forget, Writer Babble every Wednesday here at Haunted Computer blog.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout out, Scott!

author Scott Nicholson said...

Sure, Zoe, you know where to send the check...