Here's the thing, self-publishing a book is hard work. If you're looking to make a quick and easy dollar, don't do it. It takes time to write a book, more time to edit, and even more time formatting. I can't tell you how many countless hours I've spent doing all three. But the book is never finished. Once the book is published, us indie authors have more work ahead of us with advertising and trying to get reviews and so on. Then, we write another book and the process starts all over again.
So, what's my point? Well, recently, I was informed of a local publishing company and decided to take a look. I thought, if they accepted one of my manuscripts it could help cut down on some of the time editing, formatting, and advertising and allow me to spend more time writing. When I looked up the company, however, I learned they were one of my least favorite types of publishing companies. So, here's my PSA below about why I dislike self-publishing companies.....
Personally, I use Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords.com. These are great because it allows me to maximize the platforms in which my books are published. KDP gets me on the Kindle, obviously, and Smashwords pretty much takes care of everything else. Yes, both companies take a percentage of my sales for their profit, which is understandable. What's not understandable is these self-publishing companies charging upwards of $800 for the same damn thing.
Look, if you prefer to go through these companies, that's fine, I'm not judging you. If it works for you, then great. But personally, I believe many of these companies are taking advantage of a market that a lot of indie authors aren't fully familiar with. Here's how many of them work:
In this way, these companies at least provide a service for which to keep everything in one organized place. One platform for all of your platforms. I'm sure this can be helpful but the price tag is too high for the service. They're majorly profiting off of your hard work and I think it's wrong. Yes, self-publishing can be a lot of work but it's also fun, challenging, and you learn a lot along the way.
If you're looking into the option of self-publishing, try and stay away from these companies. Trust me, they promise a lot and make it sound wonderful and simple but the truth is, doing it yourself can be too. And, you have the added bonus of not putting yourself deeply in debt before your book is even put on the digital shelves. Save that $800 for advertising!
Also, if you are looking for the option of self-publishing and don't know where to start, leave me a comment, send me and email, or DM me on social media and I can give you some tips. I might not be the expert but I've been doing it for a while now and I'm always learning. I'd be happy to teach you a few tricks. Maybe I'll do a blog post in the future outlining how to self-publish. Thanks for reading, everyone!
Hello there, readers. Things have been pretty busy for me lately and I haven't been updating my blog as often as I would like. But, I think I have some exciting news that should make up for it. For a limited time only, there are a couple of ways to receive one of my eBooks for FREE!
The first way is to join my monthly newsletter. After signing up, I will send you an email asking which book you would prefer and in what format. It's that simple! Sign up now to get your book!
The second way is to become a patron over on Patreon. For as little as $1, you could support me and my growing writing career. With your patronage, I will be able to submit my books to higher marketing platforms, hire editors, and keep the quality book covers coming! If you're interested in becoming a patron, head over to Patreon.com/EvanBond. There are some great rewards as well.
Yes, if you do both, you will be eligible for TWO free books! I know, it's crazy! Which ever option you choose, thank you for your support in just reading my books and keeping up with my blogs. It means a lot to me! Thank you!
There is an amazing way you can actually help write my books. You're even able to name a character. How cool is that? There's a really interesting site I came across called Patreon. It allows people to support their favorite creators and get cool rewards in the process. Let me explain a little about it.
Rewards are given to patrons in exchange for a small, monthly pledge. For example, you can see book covers early and have a character named after you in an upcoming novel. There's even a tier that gives you free ebooks for as long as you're a patron.
If you head over to Patreon.com/EvanBond, you can check out my patron page and see what kind of rewards you can get. At the same time, you'll be helping to support my love of writing and making it a full time career. I'm so thankful for the people who have already jumped on board and became patrons. You guys rock!
Of course, I don't want you to feel obligated to become a patron. The fact that you're on my website and reading my blog shows your support for me as well. I appreciate every single one of my readers. Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this!
Do you want to see the cover for my upcoming Ethan McCormick novel, Sins of the mother? A non-pixelated version perhaps? Well, you're in luck! Sign up for my monthly newsletter and get a sneak peek at it. Sign up before March 8th to see it first. For everyone else, the cover doesn't drop until April 1st. Sign up now!
Got a little bit of fun news to share with you. I'm currently working on a special project that differs from my other works in a sort of way. I'm in the process of writing a novella instead of a full feature novel. What's the fun news? Well, if you sign up for my newsletter, when the novella is finished you will receive a free e-book! Cool? Go ahead and sign up below! There will be more info in the future regarding the novella. I can tell you now, it leans more towards the horror side of my writing than just thriller/suspense. It will be out later this year, though I don't know the actual date or page count, yet. More info to come soon!
Evan Bond, author of To the Wolves and Death Can Wait, is a thriller/suspense author. When not writing, he can be found hiking or camping in the beautiful state of Florida.