#self publishing: News releases, ugh! Tellagami:-), and Free Sunday

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Number 1

There is a great deal one could write about self publishing.  It is not the book that is hard, it is the marketing.  Especially if you are trying to save money.  I wanted to send out a press release and was hesitant to pay the $79 requested at most reputable sites.  I then embarked on finding a free site, which to my dismay, after setting up an account, seemed a bit too sketchy.  I goggled it and found nothing good or bad, so I decided to try my hand at the DIY method.

The DIY method takes much too much time.  First you have to find a newspaper site, then you have to hunt around for the editor that would be appropriate and hope that you can also find his or her email address.  I did do this and I did find a few people to email about my free book promotion this Sunday, August 31 on Kindle.   In the future, however, I will probably be using the $79 service.

 

Number 2

I found a great resource to promote my book, a Tellagami…so much fun to make.  You just upload a picture for the background, pick one character who you can dress up, and then design a 30 second statement for him, or her, to recite.  There are a choice of 4 different voices for each sex or you can record your own voice.  I made two, one appeared in my last blog post, but here is one I prefer because it shows some of our landscape.

 

Number 3

My book, My Rural Broadband Journey, the one year trail to high-speed,  is free on Sunday, the 31st of August and if you don’t have Kindle, you can download it to your PC, Mac, tablet, iPad, iPhone or SmartPhone.  Here is my book:  http://www.amazon.com/My-Rural-Broadband-Journey-high-speed-ebook/dp/B00M7HP7O8

 

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Sunday promotion: My Rural Broadband Journey

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#self publishing…the free promotion

4 things to note:  the value of a writing group; how to get access to a free promotion; connecting with small groups through email; Kindle apps for all

Well, one thing that keeps popping up in my marketing research, and which of course makes sense, is to offer a free copy of my book to people. So, this is my first strategy to get this thing rockin and rollin.

  • Kindle Select is the vehicle through which my strategy is possible. When you enroll in Kindle Select, you, the publisher, agree not to sell your book anywhere else during a 90-day period. They offer benefits in return, one of which is 5 days, not necessarily consecutive, during the 90 day period in which I can offer my book free of charge.
  • In order to proceed, I emailed small groups of folks that I know. For example, I have a small group of friends in a nearby town that I emailed about the promotion. It felt more personal than just sending a mass email. I wrote them a note at the top and included the synopsis below.
  • I also included a note about where to go on the Amazon page to upload Kindle devices on computers, tablets, and smart phones. People don’t realize, as I did not, that you can read on Kindle without owning a Kindle. I read many books on my iPad Kindle application.
  • The Lansing Writers’ Group was especially helpful to me this week.  I read them what is now my fourth synopsis and they told me to let go a bit of this marketing project and the topic.  It is hard, but I am just about to take the weekend off from it.

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#self-publishing: it all went down like this

photo August 2014
August 2014

On or about March 7, I thought about Terry Gross ‘s interview with an expert on rural broadband. The expert found the same things out about rural broadband that I did, only her point of view is academic.

So I’m think-in’ to myself, the job hunt thing is a pretty benign way to make money, so why not turn my blog into a book. At least when I’m formatting in online templates, I will be truly investing in my future. More importantly, my year of rural broadband blogging has a story arc that reflects a universal conflict, man v. man, translated in my case to woman v. corporation.

Heck, I thought, I’ll just peel this book out in a week. Well, a week morphed into about 5 months. The self-editing was arduous. Read, change, reread, change; format, reformat, upload, download, REPEAT. Not to mention, the learning curve.

I spent hours one day scanning documents for the book, only to find mobi, the language of Amazon e-books, doesn’t translate text well in photograph form. I tried a few formats but nothing worked for me. I then just took jpegs of the letter headings and typed the documents into the book. Thirty hours of my life lost.

Finally, in late July, I sent my baby out to the world. And now the fun really begins: who needs a memoir on rural broadband and what is in it for them? I’m pondering my succinct lines for that answer. Stay tuned.

All I can tell you for now: I believe my little tome is an informative, fun read that packs a few punches to a system that could use the wind knocked out of it. But I know, that isn’t a marketing plan…for that you will have to see what I discover.

from a Homestead in rural America, where the 18th century collides with the 21st