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I know nothing about producing an audiobook, so I’ll skip this month’s question and leave it to Spunky Diane Wolfe, who knows a thing or two about publishing. Actually more likely two-hundred-thing or two.
Instead, I would like to share how much I appreciate my publishers. So much so that I am sharpening my marketing skills. I know–you’d think after 14 years I’d be an expert. That’s never going to happen because things are constantly changing. Luckily, I’m stubborn, so there’s hope.
Not sure if I mentioned this before (probably) but one of my publishers (Dead Witness) closed its doors back in June. I immediately self-published my first novel with KDP, and just this week, created the hard copy version. I wish I could say it was easy. No. I don’t really like the new cover. It’s green with a shot of a tree from the ground looking upward. And it’s only available at Amazon.com, not Amazon.ca. On Amazon.ca it says it’s out of stock. What does this mean? I cannot order a copy of my own novel. Yes, I have some glitches to work out.
I had to edit Dead Witness’s copyrighted page on the pdf file from First Edition to Third because I have a new cover and I don’t want readers to think it’s a new book and buy a copy if they’ve already read it. I have a new cover because I finally gave up trying to upload my old one, which didn’t fit and wasn’t ever going to fit. Okay, truth: I couldn’t make it fit.
Publishers understand this stuff; I had to learn the hard way. What a nightmare. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can mess up the formatting. Which I did. And then spent an entire day fixing it. If you run into this problem, save yourself some hassle, download Adobe and use the edit feature for PDF files. You can go in and change as little as one word.
Everything I do via marketing and self-publishing reflects upon my other novels. If the third edition of Dead Witness does well, if I market Kiss of the Assassin effectively, both should increase the sales of Maski: Broken But Not Dead and Matowak: Woman Who Cries, which in turn, helps my publisher.
I created an ad on Bookbub for Kiss of the Assassin, which only took a week of watching Youtube; followed by two false starts that ended up in archives. Don’t get me started on Amazon–other than to say: I haven’t given up. My hope is to eventually create ads for all my novels.
For what it’s worth: BookBub is far more user-friendly than Amazon.
The bad part about producing anything as intricate as an ad campaign is that most days doing all this marketing hurts my brain. And then there are the doubts. Am I wasting money? Time? Or simply fooling myself? Am I too old for this?
The good part is that I have lots of kind friends who are quick to encourage me. Just recently one friend reminded me that however horrible marketing is, it could be worse. I could be a songwriter promoting my work online while sitting in front of my computer in my pyjamas with my white hair, turkey-neck, and scratchy computer audio.
Yes, honest friends are hard to come by; and yes, I write, do interviews, zooms and attend virtual guest posts in my PJs.
With the release of Kiss of the Assassin, I’m falling back on proven methods, participating in podcasts, AND offering autographed copies through the mail.
I’m an active member of BookBub, Draft-2-Digital, Amazon Author, FBCW (Federation of BC Writers), Facebook, Goodreads, BookSprout, and Friends of the Libary.
Once I return to Canada, there will be book readings, signings, and local newspaper and radio interviews.
I can state without prejudice that marketing is tough; it’s certainly not part of my comfort zone, but it needs to be done. If not for ourselves then for the independent publishers who take a chance on our work.
I’m assuming you’re all aware that our Ninja Captain has a new release. I read CassaDark last year and I’m here to say, Alex, once again, delivers. It’s been quite a while and yet I remember the story well. Bassan’s an admirable character. He’s young, a bit gullible, but honourable and brave and intelligent. And he loves his parents. Especially his mum. He has his father’s integrity. I was impressed by this young man and need to go back and read Alex’s novels in sequence. Congratulations, Alex. You are a phenomenal storyteller.
By Alex J. Cavanaugh
His world is unraveling…
Bassan’s father is stepping down from command. His best friend almost dies when Bassan freezes. Now, he’s being sent across the galaxy to speak at an important conference. Despite saving the eleven races years ago, he’s paralyzed by fear and doubt. Could things get any worse?
Once there, new acquaintance Zendar convinces Bassan to visit his planet for a humanitarian mission. Bassan’s special connection to ancient technology is the key to saving Zendar’s people. One problem though—it’s a prisoner planet.
On Ugar, he discovers things aren’t so straightforward. As each secret reveals itself, the situation grows more desperate. If he can’t find the right answers, he might die along with Zendar’s people. Can Bassan summon the courage to be a hero again?
Science fiction – Adventure / Space Opera / Space Exploration
Print ISBN 9781939844842 $16.95
eBook ISBN 9781939844859 $4.99
“Cavanaugh returns to the world of his Cassa Series…for a fourth inventive space opera.” – Publisher’s Weekly
Alex J. Cavanaugh works in web design and graphics. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is known as Ninja Captain Alex and is founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
iTunes – https://books.apple.com/us/book/x/id1574189874
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0982FL3SH
Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940164947033
Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/Search?Query=9781939844859
Scribed – https://www.scribd.com/search?query=9781939844859&language=0
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58461762-cassadark