I can’t believe it will have already been one year this Monday, September 22nd, since the publishing of The Fool’s Illusion! Although the self-publishing process felt like it took several years.
I was new to self-publishing when I started FI on its journey to publication two years ago and so knew very little about what was coming up after each step or two of the process. When I thought I had come to the final destination, it turned out that I had several more miles to go. For example, once I finished the book cover, I didn’t realise until after that I couldn’t just submit my manuscript to Amazon’s Create Space so they could format it for print. I had to format it myself. Fortunately, by that time, Create Space offered their free print format template and so I didn’t have to worry about taking measurements or setting tabs. However, because of relatively slight compatibility issues between my version of Word and the template’s, I still had to grope my way through the darkness of the template of no return (as it seemed to be).
I stuck with it, though, and got through. I have to give credit to Amazon for making the conversion from print to electronic format easy with their Kindle Select service. Without it, FI would probably not have the distribution it has had. I also give credit to fellow author friends who gave me advice and encouragement.
I learned about self-publishing through some of the authors who have been great inspiration to me. These have been namely Nicholas Grabowsky of Black Bed Sheet Books and Emerian Rich, hostess of HorrorAddicts.net podcast and creator of great vampire novels such as Night’s Knights. It was their panels at some of the many cons I attended that gave us unknown and aspiring authors of the time hope in publishing our work that traditional publishers would not want. And so I thank them greatly for it. I also thank family and friends who have been encouraging with my publishing of FI, some of who were my book’s earliest buyers and readers.
Speaking of buyers, Fool’s Illusion has not done bad in distribution considering it’s been on the market only a year. Within just two weeks after its release more than 200 copies sold worldwide! Besides that, it received two great reviews including one from HorrorAddicts.net. And its print version will be making its first brick-and-mortar bookstore appearance on the shelves of the Avid Reader in
within, hopefully, the next week. (I need to
work out the pricing.) Davis, CA
To celebrate this first anniversary, I decided to give away ebook copies of The Fool’s Illusion. From now until September 22nd, you can download your free ebook of Fool’s Illusion at Amazon! This is especially great if you want to get a head start on your Halloween book shopping since FI has plenty of vampires, ghosts and zombie-type characters in its stories. If you don’t have a Kindle device, no need to be left out of the celebration. You don’t even need a Kindle to read FI. All you need is a Kindle app in which you can download for free on your smart phone, tablet or computer! Just go to the box that reads “Free Kindle Reading App” on my ebook’s Amazon page and follow the instructions.
Until next time . . .
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