I want to share with you the wonderful authors who made up the rest of the panel at ConDor about Self-Publishing: What Really Happens. I had a great time with the very interactive audience, and three very smart writers of a nice selection of books. And they are all self published.
Doug Welch I had met on my first day at the convention as he sat in on the panel with me and discussed “You got Monsters in my Romance.” He’s a man who writes romances, but of a paranormal bent. He took the path of self publishing so he could throw his books out and see what happened. He found out that people really like his writing, and his books are all top sellers. He also did not go with the Kindle Direct Koolaid, and has his titles available in many different places, as well as easily created in physical form. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4526587.Doug_Welch
The moderator of the panel turned out to be Dr. J. L. Doty, but he also goes by Jim. He writes some pretty heavy paranormal adventures in the SF and F category. He self-published all his books, and they are so good he didn’t need to do much marketing. The science fiction fans are pretty hungry for hard science stories and they love to share new finds with each other. A lot like Romance readers. Jim claims that science is a passion, but writing is an addiction. And while he does contemporary urban fantasy, he won’t write vampires. He was very obliging to me when I wanted to say something or ask the audience a question. http://www.jldoty.com/misc/aboutjld.html
Last and certainly not least, Kevin Gerard helped define self publishing for young adult fantasy authors. His amazing series, Diego’s Dragon, is the first YA story featuring a hispanic boy as the main character. Kevin stated he bugs Oprah and any celebrity of similar status who might be interested in spreading word about these great stories. http://www.conorandthecrossworlds.com/authorinfo.html
We talked about Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/, Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/partners, Facebook, Twitter, and a Mother-Daughter Book Review site. http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/ Mailchimp also came up in the conversation. http://mailchimp.com/ The point is, there are so many tools out there for self published writers, you can get all the help you need to promote your work.
The first step is to write a good story. All of my fellow panelists have done this. After that, everything will fall into place. Don’t hesitate. You might be like Amanda Hocking, a self-published writer who sold millions of books, to the point where the traditional houses took note. She received a two-million dollar contract from St. Martin’s Press, and is still going strong. Her Tyrelle Trilogy is being optioned for movie rights. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Hocking
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.