So it’s been about a month now and it’s been really great. I’ve sold way more than I expected and it’s been a ton of fun answering questions and chatting with people on Facebook about this book. I finally got an awesome 5-star review and just today got a bump in Kindle sales that skyrocketed me into the #1870 position in authors for the Health/Fitness Genre. That’s amazing for not having run a free promo.
Summit Success Kindle Stats from 10/13/2014
I’m expecting a slew of more reviews to be coming in as more people finish this book. It’s a good 340 pages of intense reading, so I expect it will be a while for a lot of people to get it done and posted.
Here’s a sample personal review I received via email:
And the charts, you put a LOT of work into those! Too bad most readers don’t really understand what all goes into writing a book and doing the photos and charts and graphs and all the research and math and everything. I can tell that you put NUMEROUS hours into this book.
Yes, it took me two years to write this book. During that time I had a bunch of human guinea pigs testing it out and giving me feedback to help me make it the best book like it.
Summit Success-a stack of books shipping out to eager customers
So go get one, now, and start your training. If you do, you’ll be in great shape for an April 2015 climb. Send me pics of your training and share your stories. We’d love to hear from you. Note: remember that for the time being it’s available FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime (remember to “Borrow For Free” from the Kindle in the Kindle Store, not from a PC or other device)
Use as little formatting as possible in your first draft
Use grammar and spelling checks frequently
Shoot for 2000 words per day
Convert after all edits have been completed
Now is your chance to pre-order it today for only $9. This 60 page manual gives you the tools to create a high quality product sure to pass the approval processes that eliminate manuscripts with poor formatting and obvious glaring errors that get bad reviews. I’ll send it to you via email on November 1. Click this Buy Now button to pre-order your copy today. It’s the exact same content that will be the basis of the $47 webinars sold below.
Self-Publishing Success Eluding You?
Most people have a story to tell, a book that they’ve been wanting to write, maybe since they were in high school or before. Every one I’ve talked to has no idea where to begin, what to do, how to get a book published. It’s amazing too because Amazon and B&N and Google Play are all great places to get your books published today. Online publishing has changed the world for those who would like to write a book.
Self-Publishing Success-a stack of books shipping out to eager customers
But they don’t make it easy. Read the reviews from so many of the self-published authors on Amazon and a common theme is the amateurish formatting. But none of these publishers make it easy to figure out how to solve that problem. They don’t tell you up front, realistically, how to achieve self-publishing success. Online publishing is fraught with “gotcha’s” and loopholes to jump through.
I discovered that in my first ebook on Amazon. It took me weeks to get it formatted correctly before it was finally approved and listed for sale. But just recently I got two books formatted, approved and listed for sale in both Kindle and paperback editions.
I can’t promise you that same level of success, but if you want to write a book, I can save you weeks of reading vague help files and message board posts. I can help you learn all the tips and tricks I learned from two years of publishing success. It’s all in the $9 manual.
But some people need a little more hands-on training, right?
I’ll offer it as a webinar for $47 if you’d like to wait and get the information that way. This is a bargain for everything you need to know to get your book up on Amazon with the least hassle possible and the best results. If you’d like more information about it, please subscribe to my newsletter for the latest info.
5 Keys to Self-Publishing Success $47 Webinars:
Use the right software for the job
Use as little formatting as possible in your first draft
Use grammar and spelling checks frequently
Shoot for 2000 words per day
Convert after all edits have been completed
Seriously, you’ve been told all that, what now, 11 times? So now in webinar format, explained, with examples, it’s going to stick and you’re finally going to get your manuscript up on Amazon and share it with the world.
This one’s not about marketing, but about how to write a high quality product that could get you noticed, unlike all those other $.99 books with the 1-star reviews because of glaringly obvious manuscript errors that Amazon should have rejected outright.
One solid hour without interruptions gives you the skills you need to create a well-formatted manuscript without the errors that result in rejection and bad reviews. I want you to succeed and so do you. Take this opportunity now.
Get it now before they fill up. There is a default limit built into my webinar hosting software. I cannot exceed the limit no matter what.
Self-Publishing Success Teaser Trailer
I have plenty of exciting content coming up for prospective authors to achieve self-publishing success, so be sure to register now for the newsletter (upper right column) for some email-exclusive offers.
This is the transcript of the “5 Keys to Self-Publishing Success Intro Video” above:
Everywhere I go people tell me stories. I think a lot of those stories would make really good books and should be published. Most of those people though have no idea where to start, what to do first, how to put all the pieces together to create their very own masterpiece and get it out for the world to share.
How about you? I’m certain you have a story worth telling. A story worth sharing. Maybe you loved to write back in high school. Was it fan fiction? Your romantic fantasy? Your space adventure? Somewhere along the way you lost sight of your novel, and now it’s eating away at you, begging to come out and burst onto the literary scene.
But like my friends, you probably don’t know where to begin. You don’t know where to publish your work. You don’t know the first thing about formatting your work to get it accepted and sold. You don’t know all the tricks that get it approved faster and get it out there where others can buy it.
Now anyone can publish on Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, Google Play, and these are all basically free to publish on if you have just a little bit of skill and knowledge. If you want to be in paperback, Amazon has another free solution in Createspace.
I’m Charles Miske, and right now, I have published ten books in all four of those markets. I have two more books that I will be publishing in the next two months. I will have averaged a book a month for the last five months of this year, 2014.
If you think the idea of publishing your own book is difficult and scary, let me tell you, when I first began, I knew nothing. I had no paid software like Microsoft Office or Photoshop or Acrobat. But with several weeks of reading all the help files, downloading all the free software I could find, lots of trial and error, and worst of all, rejection, I managed to publish my first eBook on Amazon.
Then I struggled for weeks with the same thing all over again on Barnes and Noble, and then again on Google. Finally I spent several weeks learning how to get my first paperback published.
That’s a lot of time and struggle to put into it, but I knew that it was my future. I knew I had to make it work. I knew I had the skills and abilities and I just needed to treat it like the full time job it was and spend that time acquiring those skills.
And it paid off, big time. Just last month I published two books in two weeks for Kindle and Paperback, including all the proofing, editing, and approval processes. That’s quite a difference from that first book.
I’ve run promotions on Amazon that resulted in a few of my books becoming number one in multiple categories. I have almost all 5-star reviews. I don’t even run free promotions anymore. My books sell without them.
So I ask you. If I share all the skills and shortcuts I learned, do you think you could run with it and then share your success story with me?
If I show you how to do it all, from start to finish using completely free software, do you have what it takes to make it work?
With just a little bit of hand-holding, I know you can do it.
Your story deserves to be told. It deserves to be published. It deserves to be shared. So what’s holding you back? Is it your own lack of knowledge and the ability and time to wade through hundreds of pages of help files and message board posts to get that knowledge?
I make it easy. You make it work.
I want to invite you to attend a free webinar in which I’ll tell you the 5 keys to self-publishing success. It’s the tip of the iceberg for sure, but I’m pretty certain that some of you are exceptional, and can take those 5 keys to self-publishing success and get your first book published this year yet.
For the rest of you I hope that we can continue to work together to make your success story come true.
Please, register now for one of the available sessions in my 5 keys to self-publishing success webinar now. They’re free, but limited to only a handful of attendees in each one. I want it to be more close and personal and you deserve that.
Thanks for letting me have this few minutes to discuss your publishing future, and I hope to hear from you soon.
Now Elbrus Race 2013 is available on Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime so you can get it for free for at least the next 90 days, the minimum amount of time in the program.
If you have Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited HERE is a brief explanation of how to get Free Ebooks on your Kindle.
Elbrus Race 2013 is the story of my trip to Russia to compete again in the highest race in Europe after becoming sick in the 2010 race and being forced to withdraw. It’s rated 5 stars and a fun short read. It’s especially great if you can get it free. There will not be a free promotion so this is the only way to get it free.
Elbrus Race 2010 photo at the Barrels Huts, Elbrus behind
It wasn’t available on Prime or Unlimited until now. That means that if you have Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited, you can get it for free for your Kindle.
If you’ve been waiting for it to be free, here’s your chance. For the next 90 days and then I might take it out of the program. Be sure to get it into your library now, especially if you’ve got Kindle Unlimited.
Here are a few quick tips for Prime and Unlimited HERE
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Amazon Prime Kindle Owners Lending Library allows you to check out free books on Kindle. In general you’re allowed to check out any eligible book during a month, be that calendar month or 30 day period. You can keep it for as long as you want, but then must “return” it before you can check out another. In practice it’s quite simple and one of the ways to get free books on Kindle.
Tip: I have had people do this with several of my books, but there is on major “gotcha” that could bite you in the butt unexpectedly. You must use your Kindle to find the book in the store, and you must click the “Borrow for Free” button in gray below the “Buy for..” button in orange. Otherwise you will be charged for it. In that case so long as you have not read up to a certain point (I believe 10%) you can return it. Then you can get your free books on Kindle the way Amazon wants you to.
Free Books On Kindle Owners Lending Library
Kindle Unlimited is another way to get free books on Kindle. I have Amazon Prime so I’ve done the above several times. I do not subscribe to Kindle Unlimited because I get enough free books from my Prime account. With Kindle Unlimited you can have as many eligible books as you would like with no restrictions. If you read even two $4.99 books a month it’s a heck of a deal and I recommend it highly. There is a free trial if you’d like to check it out without risk. You could potentially take the trial, get a dozen $9.99 books and read them quick and make out like a bandit. Just saying.
You don’t even need a Kindle! Free App – Read Anywhere:
A recent article of interest on Kindle Unlimited: CLICK HERE
My free books on Kindle:
The following books are eligible for Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime:
The rest of my books are not eligible for Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited as they do not meet the exclusivity requirement with Amazon.
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I have had the best “organic” sales ever for a new book release. By “organic” I mean not using under the table tactics and techniques to artificially inflate sales statistics in the hope of attracting new buyers or getting a feather in my cap to wave in the air for marketing purposes.
Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging
The rest of the story..
It was an awesome and amazing first week for my new book Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
In my recent article Amazon Author Stats CLICK HERE I showed how popular my book was in two key categories on Amazon. Part of the Kindle stats came from pre-orders. This was the first book that I was eligible to offer for pre-order and it went pretty good. I’ll probably do it again for a big book. It’s a little bit of a hassle for any book less than 30,000 words. Just my opinion.
For Kindle Authors in the Health and Fitness category I topped out at #3,213. Out of 50k+ authors that fit in that category that puts me solidly in the top 7%.
For Paperback Authors in the Health and Fitness category I topped out at #8,176 out of 80k+ authors in that category. That’s in the top 10%. It’s apparently a more competitive category.
For All Authors in all categories I topped out at #41,233 out of 500k+. That’s the top 8% of all authors in all categories. I guess my Kindle sales were enough to bump that stat up.
How is this significant?
If you noticed my previous book “Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the Plateau” CLICK HERE I hit #1 in two categories in Kindle. That’s huge. So what’s the difference here?
First in Kindle Category – Weight Training Secret Manual
Well, I marketed the Secret Manual pretty heavily with a few free days. On the one hand you get to find out how many people would have bought your book in the coming year. They buy it for free all at once and it looks spectacular for a few days in your sales stats. On the other hand, that’s a few hundred sales you don’t get paid for. It’s also a year with very low sales, since everyone has a copy already.
I didn’t do that for this latest book. I actually can’t afford it. My fixed costs that I have to pay from the last two years of research and development won’t allow me to give up a year of sales to inflate my ranking. Sadly too, since I could have probably sold over a thousand of these in a free promotion. That being said, I don’t expect that I’ll ever offer this book for any price less than what it currently is. Here’s the primary reason.
Amazon charges Kindle authors for the images in a book. Whenever someone buys a book we get dinged in what amounts to a per-image fee. You might notice that some Kindle training manuals in the fitness category cost more than the paperback. That’s because they’re paying for all the images. If you target your book at the Kindle HDX with full resolution images (as I have) then it’s even worse. I have 88 of them in this book, so it’s a pretty hefty investment from me whenever I sell one. The nice thing about it is that with Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime Kindle Owners Lending Library they don’t ding me for the images. So you get the book for free, and I don’t have to pay for your download. Win-Win.
So please, get it FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime
If you have any interest at all in this book, go download it FREE and take advantage of Amazon’s generosity. Or whatever it is you want to call it. It’s risk free. If you don’t like it after 50 or so pages just delete it and don’t worry about it. It was free after all. I would be a bit broken-hearted that you didn’t finish it though.
Another significant difference between my book and others published traditionally is that I didn’t inflate my stats to create a run on the book by buying up a thousand copies of my own book. Traditional publishing houses do that on a regular basis to create buzz. I also didn’t pay reviewers. This is common too. Some reviewers make a few hundred bucks per review. I have experimented in the past with giving away free copies to potential reviewers from among my Facebook and Twitter friends. Out of the hundred or so books I’ve given away explicitly for that purpose in the past two years for my eight previous books I have received four reviews. I can’t afford to give this one away with statistics like that.
As far as the paperback pricing, I had originally done the math with the intent of it being 300 pages and determined that the best price was to offer it at $38.99. You’ll probably have seen several of my old marketing efforts to sell it myself at that price. When I ended up with 340 pages it turned out that the price needed to be $45.99 to sell it through all distribution channels. I couldn’t possibly sell it for that. I’m not a celebrity.
The pricing for a self-published paperback is based on the page count and which distribution networks your book is available in. I don’t really need to go into details, but in order to offer it to real book stores, not on the internet, I actually don’t make money at the $32.99 price. I’m willing to do that though so long as they don’t charge me for it. In return for my generosity, Amazon has cut the price down to a bit over $26.xx – they change the price every few days so I don’t want to give an exact number of pennies there. That way they feel like they’re kicking the butts of the small book stores in mountain towns that I’d love to be sold in.
What makes this book different from all the rest?
Similar books from traditional publishers have come out over the past several years and even have similar page counts. Some have padded the book with hundreds of blog articles. Some have padded the book with ten page descriptions of how to do a plank. Some of these books geared toward running have padded the charts by creating versions for a 7:00 pace, a 7:10 pace, a 7:15 pace, etc. etc. You get the idea. I want to think that every single page in this book has meaning and importance in helping you to get to the summit of your dreams.
As far as other indie published books out there, all that I see are pretty small, vague, and not focused on anything other than a cool cover to get the sale. If someone has one that is at least half as awesome as mine send me the link, I’ll buy a copy (Amazon only) and I’ll review it for you here totally objectively, and if it’s at least that awesome I’ll apologize. Seriously. In return though, I expect that author to also buy mine and return the favor.
Well, like I said, it was an awesome week on Amazon. I sold way more books than I anticipated, and got some great stats in spite of not doing any shady business to get them. I am eagerly anticipating all the reviews I should get from these early sales, but realize it’s a very big book with a lot of material to wade through, so I know it could be a couple months before they start trickling in.
In the meantime, go ahead and get it for FREE and start working on it. It’s a great book, and if you start the program now, in 4 months you’ll be in the best shape of your life for that spring hiking you have planned.
Thanks everyone who bought this book already. I hope that many more join you.
Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging
My latest book has been live now in paperback for one full day, and on Pre-Order for Kindle for a little over a week. In that time I’ve gone up the Amazon Author Ranking quite a bit. Here are a couple of views:
Kindle, Sept 12:
Amazon Author Rank 12 Sept 2014 from pre-release of Kindle Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging
Kindle, Sept 13:
Amazon Author Rank 13 Sept 2014 from pre-release of Kindle Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging
Paperback, Sept 12:
Amazon Author Rank 12 Sept 2014 from release of Paperback Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging
Paperback, Sept 13:
Amazon Author Rank 13 Sept 2014 from release of Paperback Edition of Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging
I’m pretty stoked and I hope the sales dashboard on the back end begins to reflect all of that when the pre-orders are all filled and billed.
If you’re wanting to buy one, now is a great time as Amazon has a spectacular price on the paperback. Hopefully it’s to stimulate early sales. Anyway, if you want it for about 20% off the list price, now is the time.
Oh, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter (right side of article) and I’ll send you exclusive offers, deals, and first opportunities when I do events, etc.
Note: you must use your Kindle to “Borrow for Free” from the Kindle Lending Library, a benefit of Amazon Prime. It allows you to “check out” one book per month. You can keep it for as long as you want, in general, but you cannot do it more than twice a month, and you cannot have more than one at a time. I use it and it’s been a great benefit.
I do not have Kindle Unlimited so I can’t tell you how that works, but if you read a lot and don’t want to take risks on poor book quality, you can just get a few dozen books, read the first 30 or so pages and delete it if you don’t like it. I’m not too concerned about that because I put everything I had into the quality of this book. I know you’ll be pleased.
It’s not part of Prime, though if your books are available for the Prime Lending Library, they will also be available in Kindle Unlimited. According to Amazon:
Kindle Unlimited is a subscription program for readers that allows them to read as many books as they want.
For $9.99 a month you have access to anything you want to read plus a few other perks. Of course, this includes only those books also available through the Prime Lending Library, but at present that’s over 600,000 books. If you love to read, the Kindle Unlimited program is awesome. If you’ve been afraid to pay up to $9.99 for a book that you’re not sure about, it’s basically free with Kindle Unlimited. If you read about a book a week, with an average book price of $2.99,. you’re saving just short of $2.00 a month with Kindle Unlimited.
Kindle Unlimited isn’t restricted to the Kindle Reader
You can use apps for your PC, Tablet, or Phone to read Kindle Unlimited eBooks. You don’t even have to buy a Kindle. Though I do really like my Kindle Fire HD.
Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the Plateau HERE
Free on Kindle Unlimited: Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the Plateau
My upcoming book Mountaineering Fitness: Beginner Training Manual will also be included in this amazing group of free books so that you can take advantage of this offer. I’m going to be offering this book on Kindle for $9.99 (pending approval from Amazon) but you can get it for free on Kindle Unlimited.
If you’d like more information about my upcoming book CLICK HERE for details about the book, and the groups of human guinea pigs I’ve used for testing and developing what is arguably the best book of its kind. You can learn how to train vertically to get to the summit of your hike and back to your car in the best shape of your life. A very comprehensive set of instructions will give you all the skills you need to successfully train the right way for hiking and mountaineering. Don’t miss the opportunity to read it for FREE on Kindle Unlimited. If you want to get email notifications when it’s complete and ready to go, please fill out the form below and stay in the loop. Don’t miss it!
Lat Pulldown illustration from Mountaineering Fitness: Beginner Training Manual – soon to be FREE with Kindle Unlimited
If you’ve been following my mountaineering fitness blogs, I’ve already given you hundreds of tips. I’ve produced training videos. I’ve shared my own training, my own adventures, even some of my secrets to my own success. I’ve shared articles from other trainers and authorities that I respect greatly. If you haven’t been following my articles, here are the two links to those:
This opportunity should be available as soon as I submit the final draft to the publisher, sometime before August 15 if all goes well. It has been a truly monumental effort to finalize this book. I’ve endured a crashed hard drive with all the originals of the manuscript and photos and videos and have been working hard to shoot all the photos and video over again using all the lessons I learned in the first final draft. I’m inserting them now into a backup copy of the manuscript and it’s going great. I feel this was indeed a blessing in disguise as the new photos are just amazing!
If you want to be the first to receive an email notice of my current progress in this book and others, please fill out the form below and I’ll let you know how I’m doing every couple weeks and then once again when it is final and ready to pre-order. Amazon will be in charge here, but I’m guessing now that the paperback price will be $39.99 and the Kindle price $9.99. I can lock in your price at $32 right now through my own cart if you subscribe on my form below today!
This special offer includes access to my training videos, charts, calculators, webinars, podcasts and other great bonus material that you can’t get from Amazon. That $32 price includes USA shipping, so submit the form today before it’s too late! I’ll have to withdraw this offer when the paperback goes live, so don’t delay. GO TO FORM NOW
Stair Climbing for Mountaineering Fitness [CLICK HERE]
Shoes, Boots, Socks for Hiking, Mountaineering [CLICK HERE]
Food, Water, Emergency Gear in the Day Hiking Backpack [CLICK HERE]
I began the Mountaineering Fitness manual after getting hundreds of questions on my Facebook Pages. Questions about training of course were among my favorite, because I started this most recent fitness journey after making some drastic life changes of my own. I wanted nothing more than to share my love of climbing and training.
Mountaineering Fitness: Dynamic Stretching Video Sample
This one minute video sample is from one of the Members-Only Exclusive Videos and should be available on DVD this Fall.
Back to the training manual, I put up a beta version for free download and it got hundreds of downloads before I took the link down. I figured I had enough human guinea pigs for my training program. Now I want to share it with you. I want to help you figure out the best way to train for hiking and climbing, whether you truly are coming in right off the couch or have been doing a fitness program for years.
One thing that I do really understand is the big difference between training for general fitness and training to hike on steep rugged terrain. I don’t want you to fail when you’re climbing because of your fitness. That’s why I wrote this mountaineering fitness training program. If you want to know how it all works, then I highly suggest you keep following my blogs above, and better yet, please subscribe to the emails for the latest up to date information I can get out to you.
When it comes right down to it, in the past 8 years I’ve written hundreds of articles about
Training for Hiking and Mountaineering
Physical training for hiking
Training for climbing and ice climbing
Fat Loss Nutrition Strategy
Weight Training Accessory Training Programming
As well as my successful autobiographical “Seven Summits Quest Series”
Plank Illustration from the Mountaineering Fitness: Beginner Training Manual
My biggest training manual yet!
It’s already over 300 pages. And there are three weeks of editing to go before it’s submitted to the publisher.
I’ve published hundreds of articles and a handful of books about my climbing and mountaineering adventures, all of which make mention of my training methods. I have put it all together into the Mountaineering Fitness manual, and it’s huge compared to all of my other publications. I wanted it to be that complete to help you to truly understand what’s involved in training for mountaineering and hiking. The paperback edition of the manual will be available this Summer on Amazon along with the Kindle version. But right now you can get the preview edition as a training program subscription over the next four months. It’s almost like having me right by your side giving you the scoop on what to do to achieve success in the mountains.
Mountaineering Fitness is for everyone who wants to climb
What Subscribers to the Program Received:
9+ Emails over a 16 week period
Charts with Training Goals for each training period
Weight Training and Cardio Training Tasks Explained
Photo Illustration of Each Workout
Video Instruction for Hiking, Packing, and Training
And best of all, I’m accessible, here, on my other blogs, and on Facebook. Just ask your questions and I’ll try my best to answer them as quickly as I can. I have even added some of these questions into recent updates on the manual and in podcasts.
I Opened a Second Training Cycle For Late Subscribers
Many missed our First Wave enrollment. It closed a couple months ago, and it has been a huge success. The First Wave Mountaineering Fitness group is well on their way to achieving their dreams this Summer. The Second Wave enrollment was nearly triple that of the First Wave and I’m really excited to have sent each of them
the full ebook up to the Main Training Cycle – nearly 200 pages
the weekly training goal charts through Week 10
one exclusive training video for subscribers only
a few public videos based on the book
a podcast based on the book
Soon I’m hoping my groups start posting their summit shots to share their success. And just around the corner will be the full 300 page training manual in paperback and on Amazon Kindle.
Mountaineering Fitness: training in the mountains. Don’t you wish you were here?
When you are in the process of writing your masterpiece you probably put off the decision over traditional publishing vs eBooks. It’s time to discuss this in a way that I hope will be inoffensive and simple to understand, since your baby, your creation, your labor of love, is sitting there waiting to capture its audience through publishing.
In general, here are a few key points to determine that traditional publishing vs eBooks is actually an easy decision.
Traditional Publishing vs eBooks Quick List
Choose Traditional if
You are related to someone currently in the traditional publishing industry
You already have a literary agent and/or book deal
Fiction and the story totally rocks and people you’re not related to agree that’s true
Non-fiction you are a PhD in the field, a noted celebrity, or willing to ghost it for someone who is
You’re willing to invest a year or more sending out query letters every day
Choose eBooks if
You’re not on the above list anywhere
It’s really that simple.
Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age = my best selling book on Amazon
There are some tiny exceptions to the traditional publishing vs eBooks decision making process but in general, a tiny exception is the one out of a million chance riskier than putting every dollar, your car title and house deed on #47 in Vegas. It’s not likely, so don’t fool yourself.
I’m only kidding a tiny bit there too. If you want to get your book published now, it’s going to be self-publishing via eBook. There are also publish on demand services like Createspace, but that’s the same process in general as publishing to Kindle so for now I’m going to just leave it in the same category as eBooks. Even if you have a literary agent ready to send off manuscripts tomorrow it might be a year or more before your book is in the stores and you earn your first dollar. It might take you a year or more of sending query letters to attract the attention of a small publisher or a literary agent.
Traditional publishing vs eBooks was an easy decision for me
There are stories about authors first publishing to eBooks then making a ton of sales and reviews and suddenly ending up with a multi-book traditional publishing deal and movie options. When you look into some of them you’ll see that they used similar marketing methods as the big paper publishers by buying up their own books in thousands of copies, and buying 5-star reviews to spike their sales stats and get first page search results. Whether that violates the spirit of self-publishing or not is up for debate. But to me it seems like playing Black Jack by Dealers Rules, probably one of the safest bets in the casino.
The 100 Calorie Diet Plan = my best seller on Google Play and B&N
That’s one of the faults to making your decision of traditional publishing vs eBooks in favor of eBooks. You’ll have to spend almost every minute of every day marketing your book. While Amazon has done a great job in sending out emails featuring my books, I have gotten hundreds of times more sales from my own Twitter and Facebook marketing plans. If you’re not up for doing that, or paying someone else to do it, you might be better off sending out your 3,000 query letters per year until you make it work.
If you need help at any stage of the process, check out my self-publishing/eBook consulting services HERE