The holidays are upon us. With only days to go before Christmas and Kwanzaa (or Festivus for you Seinfeld geeks out there), there aren't many days left to do your shopping. At this point, it's too late to even do Amazon prime's free two-day shipping. But fear not, you still have plenty of time to purchase an a Kindle ebook and send it to the person via email. It's easy to do.
I know that there are many fellow indie writers out there who are in a similar situation that I once was back in 2010 so I wanted to share my publishing journey along with sales figures (August 2011 - May 2013). Yes, you have heard of Amanda Hocking's story and of John Locke's, but what about the other thousands of indie writers out there who decided to write books and put them up on Amazon? After several years of work, I have data to share with you.
Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here
I will be up front and as transparent as I possibly can. The self-publishing industry is volatile, difficult to predict and more time consuming than I ever anticipated. But, fear not, it's not without hope. What is truly important is to have realistic expectations. If you're looking to make it rich fast, then, yes, abandon hope. If you understand that you'll be putting in years of work and that you'll need to build your platform and brand over several years writing at least three books, then you're in the realm of reality.
Are you a new tablet or smartphone owner and you’re not certain how to get an ebook onto your device? It’s okay, don’t fret. This article will keep things nice and simple. As a lover of technology, I took the leap into the world of ebooks rather late as I have hundreds of physical books. But now that I have started reading on my Kindle or using the Kindle app, I understand what all the hubbub is about.