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Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Dear Aspiring "Indie" Writer:

Fresh (almost) daily from Julie Barrett


Just a few bullet points to help you along:

  • Self publishing is a business.
  • If you simply build it, they will NOT come.
  • Hits to your web site do NOT equal sales.
  • No, it is NOT okay to spend a small fortune on bookmarks and giveaway items and nothing on your web site. See the first bullet point.
  • There's nothing wrong with getting the most bang for your buck. Some of the best promotional ideas/items I've seen were put together in response to a tight budget. Conversely, you can't just spend no money (or time) and expect the sales to come rolling in. Again, see the first bullet point.
  • Promoting yourself and your work is part of the job, but do not fall for the "any publicity - even bad - is good publicity" trap. I have only purchased one book from an annoying self-promoter. And that was to help the publisher out. Yes, this means spending the time and effort to learn techniques that work - and those that fail so you don't fall into those traps. Back to point the first again.
  • Did I mention that self-publishing is a business?
  • Lather, rinse, repeat.

Filed under: Writing   Publishing         
9/29/2010 10:15:40 PM
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