First Sale!

I had my first sale a few days ago.  It was a great feeling.  Here’s to many more.

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For Sale!

But the GIANT on Amazon.com

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The GIANT Cover

I have a cover.  I’m working on the last formatting details, a acknowledgement page, copyright page, and conversion to Kindle format (Amazon doesn’t require a pricey ISBN number to publish, so I’m heading there first).  Honestly I always pictured this as a physically printed novel, and it still could be, but this is all very exciting.

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Copyright Filed

I’m pressing ahead with e-publishing.  I’ve read a lot on the subject, some of which is helpful, most not so much.  I think I have the general requirements in place.  I’ve filed my copyright application on the copyright office’s land before time website.  Whew.  I typed in my name and address a dozen times.  The application was only 35 bucks – not too shabby.

ISBN numbers are a little more pricey.  They’re 125 if you buy one, but get drastically cheaper if you buy multiples.  Like 1,000 number for 1,000 dollars.  I can get the number for free if I use a third party publishing service.  Of course they take a percentage of my royalty payments.  For now my plan is to publish the GIANT on platforms that don’t require ISBNs.  We’ll see what happens down the road.

I’ve also been working on a cover for the book.  I’m not a graphic designer, but I’ve taken my share of design classes so I feel qualified to do it myself.  I could pay someone to do it, but the prices I would want to pay don’t generate good covers.  I want to keep the cover stripped down – Title, Author, and possibly a tagline.  Along with a strong graphic.  I have a few pictures in the running – dark and mysterious and all the like.

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Promo Images

Self-publishing the GIANT as an ebook will require loads of marketing to be successful.  I don’t have my full marketing strategy worked out, but I know I can use lots of images.  I’m posting them to facebook (follow the GIANT on facebook here) – if I can make them catchy enough friends will share them and friends of friends might share them as well.  Here’s the first three:

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