I never thought my first official blog on my newly minted Website would be on the subject of failure, but life is strange that way.
I recently, and admittedly, hurriedly, decided to dive into murky self-publishing waters. I did it on my own, consulting little to no “self-help” books or videos on the subject. I just kept telling myself “I got this.” Well, low-and-behold, I did not. In fact, I found myself drowning — quickly. My first face-palm moment came with the discovery of the ISBN. A mysterious entity I’ll admit I never gave much thought to. I mean, yeah it’s how a book is recognized and cataloged and SCANNED for Christ’s Sake whenever I purchase a book, but so what? HA! Turns out you not only NEED a bloody ISBN if you intend on self-publishing, but you need one for every TYPE you intend to sell.
For those of you who were like me at this point in the research phase and saying to yourselves “well, what the hell does that mean?” Simple: Paperback, Mass Paperback, Hard Cover, and yes, even E-Book (unless it’s exclusive to Amazon and you use their free ASIN), each VERSION needs its own unique ISBN. This means if you intend on writing just ONE book you’re looking at needing AT LEAST three ISBNs. And God FORBID you want to write a Trilogy or a Series of 4 or more? You’re looking at needing quite a bit of ISBNs then. Oh, and did I mention each one, sold individually, costs $125?!?! Their “best selling” package is a set of 10 for $295 or you could just be a baller and buy 100 for $500+ (a steal if you do the math…). Just wait, there’s MORE! Oh, did you think it would be that easy? Yeah, no. The ISBN is just the number, you’re forgeting that little thing UNDER the number called a “bar code”? Yeah, that thing costs ANOTHER $25 each! You can, of course, buy those in bulk, as well. So, altogether, having not thought this through AT ALL, I quickly realized how royally screwed I was.
And now, to make an already long story even longer, after deciding to go the E-Book route and NOT make it available through any major retailers, exactly one month after our fumbling release I caved and went through CreateSpace to make my first ever self-published book available on Amazon. Only to then discover even more issues. Formatting, design, formatting again! Disasters abound, mistakes were definitely made, vast amounts of lessons were learned. But I am not discouraged. In fact, seeing my Author Page on Amazon only makes me want to continue writing and at a faster pace, to produce more work, so I don’t just have one book listed under my name, but a few!
What projects am I working on you may be asking? Read on my friends, read on…
The Cane: A Twin Crossing Series (#1.2) Summer Release
The Prisoners (Book of Snow Series, #2.1) 2018 Release
Unnatural Things Web Series (FREE) Updated Daily
That last one will eventually be put into a lovely Anthology Collection where I will pick the best of the best, sprinkle in some Short Stories, and put it up on Amazon as well.
So, there you have it folks. Writing happening! And I hope to fill you in often (perhaps weekly) on how many words I’ve written, characters I’ve killed, and lives I’ve hopefully influenced to follow along and write with me!