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Blimey!

I’ve had a bit of a pip tonight.

My first freebie short story, Is This Heaven? has had 108 downloads on Smashwords and is linked in two other writer’s profiles. It’s had about 350 hits on Freado/bookbuzr and Scribd but I’m not so sure of the accuracy of their stats… but I digress…

My point is, I put the second short story – Bog Man – onto Smashwords at about 6.00pm last night.  I hoped to get a few hits, I thought that if I did it would mean that the people who’d downloaded Is This Heaven liked it and had been waiting for the second one.  Well, by the end of the evening 75 people had downloaded it, by 6.00pm today, 86 people had downloaded it, even better, two of them were new readers who liked it so much they downloaded Is This Heaven, too… 7 Smashwords authors have linked to Bog Man in the first 24 hours, too.

Mmm (says a very smug M T). Isn’t that a pip?

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Audio publishing…

Hmm… so what I really need to find is a Smashwords for audiobooks…

I was thinking I could read it, myself, Scott Sigler style.

He is the guy who gave his books away as podcasts and ended up getting picked up by Orion after he had 50,000 downloads.  Something like 60% of the people who downloaded his book for free went on to buy a paper copy.  He did put in a long day around the internet taking part in forums, writers’ groups and the like ‘soft’ selling his books.

For the moment, I think I will stick to the e-shorts for this.  I’m starting on another one so I would be reading the first… so long as the police cars who drag race up my street, my son and my husband could keep quiet for long enough to allow me to do so… yeh… it’s going to take a long time.

I do have a good programme for doing the recordings… It’s made by a company called CFB Software and you can find them here.

LP Recorder – really a specialist thing for recording records onto your computer so you can make them into MP3s.  HOwever, it works very well when you change the input channel to mic as opposed to line in.  If  you combine it with LP Ripper which helps you split the recordings up into tracks, you get something pretty powerful.  It’s a reasonable price, too.  They quote $70 for the two programmes together or $40 for LP Recorder on its own.

So, same deal as my current e-publishing venture, give away my short stories for free and try to build up a following.

About 250 people have downloaded my first short story from Freado, Scribd and Smashwords although it’s probably all my mates and acquaintances… not sure…  Clearly the next step is to read this and put the recording on a new podcast page, here, with a link from the entries on scribd, freado and smashwords.

I’m crap at short stories so it isn’t easy and it isn’t necessarily going to help sell my book, which is rather better, I hope.  Even so… it will be interesting to see what happens.

As always, I’ll keep you posted.

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Options…

Thinking about how to get my weighty tome into print.

Should I try to find a small publisher who’ll print a handful of copies and then aim to get a bigger one to take it on afterwards if the first book takes off…

Should I buy and ISBN and publish it myself?  Yeh with a one year old, like I really have the time… even so… should I?  There’s the internet, this blog might help if I knuckled down and wrote on it regularly – needs to be about more than submitting to agents then or there’ll be one post every seven or eight weeks.  Perhaps, then…when he goes to school maybe?

Should I wait until I finish the trilogy and publish it electronically?  That way I can give away the first volume, only charging for the other two.  I picked up a copy of Writer’s Forum magazine recently which cited a chap called Dave Moody who did just that – giving away his second book free he ended up with 500,000 readers, most of whom bought the book anyway.  He now has a contract at Orion.

If I’ve already developed a readership with the first free download then presumably they are more likely to pay to read about the second series of adventures.  However, if my readers turn out to want a hard copy, too, like Dave Moody’s then I am guessing it would be smart to sort out a reasonably professional hard copy before I make the download available.

Other authors have given away a couple of chapters free…

Then there’s the whole podcast thing.  Think Radio 4 play for today – as I understand it – except you do it yourself.  What a scream, I wonder if my brother and some mates would be prepared to spend a weekend making podcasts of my book.

Check this chap out – J C Hutchins the page this link takes you to explains it better than I could.  Again, he gave away his book as a podcast and now he has a publishing contract.

Hmm… it’s a thought…  and bearing these things in mind I have contacted a friend, Rodney Dale.

Rodney used to attend the same writer’s group as I did and runs Fern House Publishing .  Reading his website, I discover he set up Fern House to publish his own work but went on to publish the work of others – or as he puts it.

Following his long experience in the trade as a writer, editor and producer, Rodney Dale set up Fern House in 1995, initially to publish his own work of fiction About Time before going into hospital – in case it was the last thing he did! However, it wasn’t, and Fern House has gone on to publish another dozen or so titles .

He has kindly agreed to meet me to help out and discuss the pros and cons of self publishing with me… I do get the feeling it is much trickier for people who write fiction but at the same time, though I would love to earn some money, all I really want is for people to enjoy my book.

More on this story as it unfolds..

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