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What I learned from self-publishing

What I learned from self-publishing

It’s been roughly six years since I published my first paperback – The Betrayed. Although I’ve published books before (technical stuff) in digital format, my official entry into the world of independent authoring, the way people perceive it, started in 2012.

In the past six years, I had a chance to release seven novels, with another five books, bearing my name out either as a primary author or a co-author, also seeing the light of the day in that same period. A nice dozen. That’s a sizable volume of publications, and I believe I can share some of the lessons and insights I’ve learned since.

CreateSpace portal

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CreateSpace is dead, long live KDP!

CreateSpace is dead, long live KDP!

Like many an independent author, I was surprised by the (somewhat) unexpected and for me, rather ill-timed, announcement that CreateSpace would cease its professional services offering. This inopportune change coincided with my imminent decision to publish another book. All of a sudden, I was left in a lurch. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) was suggested as an alternative, but it’s mostly self work, whereas I really wanted someone else to do the actual editing piece for me. So what now?

Preview

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Prince Dietrich cover art

Prince Dietrich cover art

The publication work of the most amazing adventure ever undertaken by a prince, one named Dietrich no less, is chugging along nicely. Interior design, an avalanche of spelling and grammar fixes, and of course, the kickass cover art stuff. Designed by the legendary Anton Kokarev. Please take a moment to bask in the glory and finesse. Yes, you may consider this an update on the book progress.

Prince Dietrich cover

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Revised cover for The Betrayed

Revised cover for The Betrayed

Hello, friends. If you happen to own a paperback copy of The Betrayed, hold on to it tightly, as there will be no more like that. A second edition of the book is coming out soon, and it will feature a new, pimped-up cover art, by Anton Kokarev. I am in the process of redesigning the covers, and they shall never be the same again.

The Betrayed, new cover

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Cover art for the third book!

Cover art for the third book!

I am pleased to showcase the cover art for the upcoming third book in The Lost Words series. This time around, I have commissioned the awesome Anton Kokarev of kanartist.ru, to create the cover for me. As always, it’s a divine motif from the book. Now, I will also be redesigning the art work for the first and the second book in the series, and I will call upon Anton’s talent for those, as well.

The Forgotten, no text, small

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