The past 8 days have been a whirlwind of activity for me starting on December 21st when I launched my first book. Love Always Wags Its Tail – The Dogs That Changed My Life went “live” on Amazon on Saturday, December 22nd, was featured as a Free Download as part of Amazon’s KDP program on December 26/27 with over 300 downloads.
That activity and however Amazon matches it, landed my book in the number one spot in its category on Amazon’s best seller list in its Free Store for several days. This short term marketing plan created lots of visibility for my book in its early days on Amazon.
For me, the gratifying part of this was hearing from first time readers who genuinely enjoyed my essays; who picked out their favorite one, who sent me emails to tell me.
The next step is to launch the paperback version using the print on demand (POD) publishing company that Amazon owns called Create Space. I just sent the manuscript off to a guy who gets high marks from one of my author friends for his expertise in formatting. And, if all goes according to plan, I’ll have that file back in 72 hours.
Then I contact my graphics guy who will create the book cover and its done. Except for uploading both files to Create Space.
It’s an interesting part of the self-publishing process: watching how fast a manuscript can go from a computer file to the online marketplace with just one click . Once the initial “hoopla” is done, the serious work of marketing begins. Which I knew before I started this journey. I wrote for the long term. My hope is that my stories will hold up to the test of time and that first time readers will not only have a favorite essay but that they will want to suggest my book to their friends.
If you’re reading this post and you’re one of my first readers, I’d love to hear from you. Don’t be shy about reaching out to me to share your stories about the dogs that have changed your life.