To self-publish or not. One author’s experience…


Look at me. My
Shifter Evolutions saga is on the shelf at Barnes n Noble in Tampa! Want it in
your BnN? Just ask at the front desk and they can order the book for you!


What route I
chose and why?


I began writing
fiction novels at the start of 2009. I wrote short stories, poetry and
non-fiction before that time. After completing my first novel The Gate of Lake
Forest
I pursued epublishing and found an epublisher www.ireadiwrite.com
with Michelle. She accepted me and took my sequel novel Prisoners of Pride as
well. I then wrote my first historical romance title The Day the Flowers Died
and submitted it to Whiskey Press. They accepted it. But at that time, I was
really looking into self-publishing and noticed a trend in that direction with
many writers, good writers, successful writers. After learning a lot from
Michelle, I decided to go my own route and said no to Whiskey Press. 

I discovered
something all writers should know! 

epublishers,
small publishers, indie publishers cannot do anything for your brand and your
novel that you cannot do better. With minimal promos, they will take at least
50% of your profits. 

I don’t sign
with publishers now unless they offer non-exclusive rights, so that I may
publish/distribute with whomever and wherever I wish. The only exception to
this rule is if you are accepted by a BIG-House-Publisher who is also willing
to put Money behind the Promos for your book. Which usually means you need an
agent. 


If you can get
an agent-great! Make sure they get you a good deal with a big publisher who has
the vision you have so they see the potential and are willing to money where
their mouth is.

Otherwise, do it
yourself! You can learn! You will have total creative freedom, get to work
intimately with an editor you chose, chose the cover design you want,
distribute to where you want, and get all the profits while having the ability
to distribute the book as soon as you want as well as stop distribution and
make changes whenever you want. No such luck with a publisher. 

So, make sure
you pay attention to how much you are giving up in exchange to how much you are
getting before you sign the dotted line.

That is What and
Why. Perhaps many of you are asking…HOW?

Tips:

Find a good
editor or two! Find an illustrator or graphic artist! 

Createspace.com
Lulu.com (ipad)
dtp.amazon
pubit.com

Promote on a few
sites you’ve researched and like and build your loyal base of fans from there.

Get a website on
blogger, or wordpress or weebly (all for free)

Have a presence
online on twitter, facebook, kindle and nook forums and pick a few more forums
you like related to yo
ur book genres.


Build a fan base
in your local area with distribution of your books to schools, universities,
libraries, and book events everywhere! Ask and you’ll be surprised how many say
“yes” ! 

Learn more on my
website: http://amiblackwelder.blogspot.com every Sunday!

Shifter Evolutions Saga
amiblackwelder.blogspot.com
Paranormal Romance
Historical Romance




Alaska 2020. Earth. Shifters. Invasion.

Summary: Set in Alaska in 2020, Uri Petrov and Dr. Samantha Croonfind their lives intertwined when the shifters first land on Earth. Both motivated by love for their families, each is taken down a different path that will change the course of their lives forever and eventually the fate of the world.

Meanwhile, the military has divided into fractions…those who believe in the alien invasion and those who refuse to accept it, leaving Captain Raul at opposing ends with other heads of military.
With the shifters invading the forests of Kenai Lake, they explore their new world of refuge, and must discover how to shift in animal form while uncovering what it truly means to be human.
With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages.

This is the fifth book written in the Shifter Evolutions Saga. 
Trailer below:







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