Welcome to BACKPACKED Week, which, rest assured, is not a week of posts about MY NEW BOOK THAT’S OUT NOW, but a week of self-publishing posts about stuff I learned while self-publishing MY NEW BOOK THAT’S OUT NOW. So what I’m saying is if you don’t want to buy or hear anymore about MY NEW BOOK THAT’S OUT NOW, you don’t have to take a week’s holiday away from my blog. I, like, pinky swear.
We’re all exclamation marks and over-zealous capitalization here this morning because my new book, Backpacked: A Reluctant Trip Across Central America, is out now! Yay! Squeals! Formatting headaches! Please peruse this snazzy – and somewhat unusual – book trailer I made earlier:
If you can’t see a video, click here to watch it on YouTube.
What did you think? I have to say I’m pretty smug about that trailer, even if it did take hours and hours and a twelve-pound bag of coffee grounds to make. I even bought the music and everything. (I know, right? Get me, all obeying the law.) Tomorrow I’ll be telling you how I made it, where I got the idea to make it and where you can legally get super cheap music to put to your own, and that’s just one of many information-packed posts I’ll have on here this week. The schedule looks a little something like this:
Um… you’re reading it already.
LATER TODAY: The Even Easier Way to Format Your E-book
I had an e-book formatting epiphany last week, and it came just in time as I was about to hurl my Macbook out the nearest window in frustration. This approach to formatting sounds drastic but is actually easier, simpler and works so well that I went and re-formatted Mousetrapped the same way and have started re-formatting Self-Printed, just so all my books could look as good. And I’m even putting images in Self-Printed. Yes – images. That‘s how well this method works.
TOMORROW: How I Made My Snazzy Book Trailer
I think book trailers are great fun and can definitely help spread the word about your book, but they don’t need to be what you think they need to be. There’s only one rule for making them, and that’s think outside the box. In this post I’ll be telling you more about the wonder that is Jing, explaining how I purchased music so that I don’t go to jail – and telling you how much it cost me – and how I put the video above together.
Because this post hasn’t had a cover image yet.
WEDNESDAY: Making a Real Book
There are oodles of information online about how to get your e-book into tip-top shape, but what about the interior of your CreateSpace or Lulu paperback? It is so much easier to make your physical book look amazing, yet it’s here where most self-publishers fall down. In this post I’ll be showing you what needs to go in and how you can make it look good, as well as showing off the insides of the Backpacked and (the newly-reformatted so that it matches) Mousetrapped.
THURSDAY: How Much Work is Self-Publishing?
Many people think that publishing an e-book and/or a POD paperback isn’t that big of an operation, and that’s partly the fault of people like me who say things like, “Uploading to CreateSpace takes about half an hour.” It does, but that’s only a drop in the ocean of what a professional self-publishing operation entails. To show you exactly what’s involved, this time around I kept a list of all the things I had to do just to get to this point. Today I’ll post it, and its length may surprise you…
FRIDAY: 10 Things Self-Publishers Shouldn’t Worry About (But They Do)
When I’m self-publishing, I’m asked a lot of questions. Most of these are things that I would’ve loved to have someone tell me about it when I was starting out, and I’m happy to answer them. But some of them are about things that are so far down the list of things that you, as a self-publisher or promoter of books, should be worried about – or even thinking about – that they’re actually on another list, headed Are You [BLEEP] Kidding Me With This? Today I’ll reveal what they are.
And I think that’s enough to be getting on with, don’t you?
So back to business. Backpacked is out now, priced $2.99 in e-book and $14.95 in paperback. You can purchase it:
- for your Kindle on Amazon.com
- for your Kindle on Amazon.co.uk
- for your Kindle on Amazon.de
- in all major e-book formats on Smashwords
- in paperback from Amazon.com.
Me, on the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua, writing (notes in the travel journal that would one day help me write) Backpacked. See more photos from the trip in the slideshow on the homepage of Backpackedbook.com.
If you buy it, I’ll be your best friend forever if you can do even one of these things too:
- Get around to reading it
- Review it – on Amazon, on Goodreads, on Library Thing, or even just in crayon on a Post-It that you stick on your fridge
- Tweet that you’re reading it
- Recommend it to a friend (if you like it, that is!)
- Get the book’s cover tattooed on your face (extra brownie points for that!).
If you don’t buy it, that’s okay. I’ll still be your friend, and although I may harbor some lingering animosity towards you, I promise to hide it well. You can still help spread the word about the existence of me and this book by:
- Sharing links to this week’s blog posts
- Re-tweeting links to this week’s blog posts
- Spreading the book trailer around like a (nice!) virus
- Getting the book’s cover tattooed on your face.
So that’s it for now, folks. If you do happen to tweet about Backpacked at some stage this week, please use the hash-tag #backpackedbook. That way I can keep tabs on you all… [Evil glint in eye.]
(Phew. Coffee time!)