Memoirs Volume Two Update

So I haven’t written very much lately.

You know who else hasn’t? Emily Dickinson, and you don’t give her shit, do you?

Actually, I have been writing, and producing of sorts, helping people edit their stories, setting up the new Jessica website and setting the groundwork for the direction of Jessica B. Bell.

Oh, and there was a book in there, somewhere. If you don’t own it/haven’t read it yet, you really are missing out.

As for the second volume of Memoirs of a Dilettante — it is now edited, has gone through two proof-reads and is now sitting with my unofficial editor for the third read-through.

I’ve learned a lot since volume one, and am more confident in my ability to create a professional quality book this time around.

Volume Two is coming early 2015.

Now, for feedback — especially from those who have self-pubbed: What’s your feeling about the different crowdfunding options? Kickstarter vs Indiegogo?

What publishing platform do you prefer? Createspace or… ????

Any advice would be appreciated — Kevin Brennan, J.S. Collyer, Katie Sullivan, Andra Watkins, Katie Cross, I’m looking at you.

To all others — what are your feelings about crowdfunding — ie. pre-ordering the book and/or other rewards?

I give the floor to you all now.


12 responses to “Memoirs Volume Two Update

  1. Because Word Hermit Press is a registered independent press (member IBPA and SIBA) that now publishes through Ingram Lightning (not IngramSpark), I’m happy that many of the details of publication (layout/design/online upload/isbn’s) are managed for me. I still do 100% of my marketing, and I pay for my publicist, book tours, blog tours, Facebook ads, etc out of my own pocket. I’m going through the advance reader copy process for the first time, which is scarier than I expected. The lead-up to the launch is a lot more complex than TLF was. But it has been a fun learning experience so far.

    If people are going to give me money, I want it to come through buying my titles. Period. I’ve always been personally opposed to crowd funding for my work. That isn’t a judgment of those who go that route. But if someone is willing to give me $25 for a crow funding campaign, then just buy $25 worth of books. Yes, that means I’m spending savings on my dream. But if I am unwilling to invest in myself, why would anyone else be willing to invest in me?

    • I’m in a slightly different boat than you are, though, I think. While I find the idea of someone taking over the layout/design/online stuff for me, I’m not in the position to do book tours, etc.. Wish I could, but it’s just not possible.
      Perhaps I need to look into the costs of publicity, and by doing so, create actual goals for fundraising — whether through pre-sales, crowdfunding, and out of my own pocket — so that I can say “Once I reach X amount of money, I can pay to have THIS done, which I hope will accomplish THIS.”
      The first time around, I didn’t really have much of a plan, to be honest. I’m hoping to learn from my experiences, and the experiences of others.

  2. I’m afraid I don’t know about all the funding and publishing options, but Kickstarter worked quite well for Vol 1. For self-publishing I would always go with the easiest option, which wouldn’t necessarily be the best.

  3. I have absolutely no knowledge in regards to Kickstart vs Indiegogo or self-publishing. I will say, though, that I didn’t mind contributing via Kickstarter for the first book, and I would do so again.

  4. I’ve been kicking around the idea of crowdfunding a Book Bub campaign, but to be perfectly frank I wouldn’t expect to meet the goal. My best promotions with Yesterday Road were via Ereader News Today, and I’m about to do that with Occasional Soulmates.

    Createspace seems to work well for POD, though I’ve sold precious few copies. And I went with Kindle Select this time so I could experiment with the promotional benefits.

    From what I’ve learned thus far, it’s all one big crapshoot!

    • Thanks, Kevin. You know I loved Yesterday Road, and I only heard of that through word of mouth, so it seems for the indie writer, networking seems to be the best route. I’ll look into Book Bub. For Volume One I ran a Kickstarter Campaign and was successful. If nothing else, it felt like I got paid. This time around I’m going to spend more time, like I said, researching the second step.

  5. Well, you know I don’t even have a book to peddle so I can’t provide you advice as a writer. However, as a reader, I’ve really enjoyed the crowdfunding. Usually, I just order the book, but the extra perk for me is that I can get a signed copy. Sure, I could just go ahead and order it online, but it wouldn’t be a signed copy then. And there’s no guarantee that the author will ever be in my neck of the woods for me to get a signed copy in person. So, for a reader, the crowdfunding stuff is fun. I don’t know that it is for the writer. It does seem like an awful lot of work, and then, of course, you seem to have to offer more than just your book. You need swag: T-shirts, candy, mugs, etc., to up the ante. But, like I said, it can be fun for the reader 😉

    • I can work with that. I’ve already got the swag machine built, and will take that into consideration. I’m working with an artist now for the cover — perhaps I can work some of the artwork in as incentives as well.

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