Ebook Distribution Site Help

Hello my fellow authors! I have a question for all of you in regards to Ebook distribution sites. There are so many out there and I’m a little lost on which one is the best for me. It looks like some charge to format and distribute while others simply take part of your royalties when you book is sold. Here are a few that I’m considering, does anyone have thoughts on these or any others that I should be looking into?

  • Draft2Digital
  • Smashwords
  • Bookbaby
  • Lulu

Any insight would be amazing!!!

Thank you!

The Pro’s and Con’s of Self Publishing

I thought writing the book was hard, but that pales in comparison to what all goes into publishing your own novel. The marketing, creating the cover, finding a legit editor thats not going to rip you off….Its overwhelming for someone like me that has never been in the industry before.

Creating the novel, giving the characters a voice is the fun part. Doing the revisions and making the story better, to flow and make sense to someone other than myself is amazing.  But then that’s when it gets hard.

See I don’t write full time, this is a new hobby that I am really enjoying but I have a full time job. I work 50-60 hours a week plus I’m a mom, plus a wife, plus a daughter, sister, friend…the list of people needing something from me or needing my attention is constantly growing. Toss in trying to self publish…it’s overwhelming.

Ive found myself trying to sneak in agent and publisher searches during my breaks at work, reaching out to book bloggers begging them to review my novel hoping it will dredge up some awareness and it seems all Im getting back is just more work. The other day a blogger wrote a great review on my book and I was so busy with reposting, tweeting, FB’ing it and doing all the other stuff I do during the day that doesn’t revolve around writing…I forgot to thank her. I felt like such a ass. That’s not who I am but that’s who I am becoming because I’m overwhelmed.

So here is the list of pro’s and con’s of self publishing:

Pro’s – no deadlines you get to work at your own pace – no required signings, book readings or tours – the work is yours and no one is saying you have to change something before it will be published – its quick! finish the novel and boom your novel is up for sale.

Con’s – all the marketing falls on you – the cover creation is all on you – finding an editor that meshes with your writing style, paying them and doing the edits yourself – having no guidance on what could be changed in your novel to take it from good to great – having to use your friends and contact to promote your books over and over again.

Thats all I can think of right now, thanks for listening to my rant. I feel like I’m alone in this and wonder if I should just stop trying to publish these books and just keep them for myself and my friends to enjoy. It would be a lot easier…and cheaper.

First Person, Third Person, Tenses oh My.

OMG and I thought I was done with finishing the first draft of my second book, Kate Unraveled. But OH was I wrong. Now I have to go back and decide do I like the view the story is told from AND to top it off I have to decide what tense.

DAMNIT I don’t know. Can someone else decide that for me…then make the changes….:)

Okay so here is the real question. Do you feel more drawn into a book that is written in present tense or past tense? My book is a romantic suspense novel not sure if that helps you make the right choice or not but there you go.

I’ve never noticed what tense a book is written in but now I’m finding myself completely unfocused at work and going through each book on my kindle to find out.

Who knew this author stuff would be so time consuming on things other than FREAKING writing. UGH. I just want to create beautiful stories….and have someone turn the jumbled mess of words into something glorious that is actually readable. Is that too much to ask?

I thought I was different…

So when I first published FFTC I thought oh yeah this is the best thing ever written and it’s going to do amazing. People are going to buying it left and right and I was going to make millions.

Cue reality. I’ve sold 40 books and have made almost 75 dollars.

When I read all the stories about how hard it would be and some people never even recovered their initial costs I thought I was different. Or at least my book was.

Turns out this selling the book stuff is hard. Writing it was easy and enjoyable but selling it, marketing it. It freaking blows.

Now I guess I’ll find a real publisher for the next novel but that seems even harder! Can’t I just write the damn thing then pass it off to someone that knows what they heck they are doing?

Overwhelming

Last night I went to Barns&Noble to pick up a hard copy of COTAR and became overwhelmed with just how many books are out there in the world. What was there was a small smoking of what’s available today and isn’t even a dent at what was available yesterday, the day before that and so on. 

So why was it overwhelming? Because I’m not as special as I thought I guess, there are thousands of other people out there that can pull thoughts from their own minds, put it on paper and make it into a story that others want to read. 

How will my story ever be different. Why will be people want to chose my novel to read over the thousands of others. Just stinks looking at that huge store knowing, I might be proud of me for publishing a novel, my friends and family might be proud of me but in the grand sceme of things it’s not that big of a deal. A lot of others have done it before me and a lot more will do it after. 

Falling For The Chance

Check out the recent review of my book from Crissireads!

Chrissi Reads

Falling for the Chance by [Mitchell, Kennedy L.]

How did I get it?:
I received it from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion of the book!

Synopsis:

Two years after losing her fiancée, twenty-seven year old Emily Heart still hasn’t recovered. Everyone has told her to get back out there, to live her life – her best friend going as far as setting her up with an online dating profile – but she just can’t move on. Not only can she not move on emotionally but she has now found herself stuck in a career path far from where she saw her future self. One hot Friday afternoon in Dallas she meets two potential men that could make her see things differently.

Martin and Mike couldn’t be more opposite, leaving Emily to figure out who will be the one her heart – not just her body – will fall for.

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I DID IT!!! First Novel- BOOM

I did it! I actually wrote a full length, legit novel! Six months later it is finally published through Amazon. Check it out under my pen name Kennedy L. Mitchell.

My second book is in the works now and I have to say it’s already better than the first.

Oh, and I did end up hiring an editor who really helped change the flow of the book and made it 100 times better. I am very very glad I decided to bite the bullet and pay for an outside opinion.

YAY! I did it! I’m going open champagne.