Publishing Tip: “Don’t Be Hasty”

Hello, indie authors. And everyone else who has the kindness to read this post!

Now — this is a post geared towards “very new indies.” What do I mean by that? I mean indie authors who haven’t necessarily just started writing (that’s hardly anyone) but who’ve just started trying to really sell their work. Some people get the hang of it pretty quickly, and are only really “green” for about as long as Stanley’s thumb usually stays lit up that color in A Troll in Central Park. But some people — hem hem, like me — are about as hard to drill information into as a concrete Mafia boot.

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Pre-used concrete boots, fished fresh daily.

Whichever type of indie you are, I just have a small piece of advice for you today. It’s very simple, and consists of only three words.

DON’T BE HASTY.

When you’re just starting out, you want to do all you can to make a name for yourself. You’re competing against thousands and thousands of other people with quality content, and you want to make yourself stand out.

But you’re only going to do that if you’re peddling quality content, too. If you throw every book you’ve ever written on Kindle Direct Publishing, just trying to garner sales and increase the amount of money you get paid every month (which is relatively small for an indie anyway, no matter what you do), you’re going to hurt yourself in the long run.

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I think that I should think about this a little more.

Only publish quality content. Only publish when you’re sure it’s worthy of competing, not just with other indie selections in your genre, but even with the best-sellers in that category on the Barnes & Noble “new release” rack. Don’t skimp on your editing, don’t settle on your covers, don’t forget little things like justifying the text of your e-book. (I hate it when I download a book with text that’s not justified.)

Because, here’s a little tidbit for you. If you start to regret a title you’ve published, and you want to take it off of your author page — sometimes you can’t. Sometimes, when you unpublish them, they do disappear — but sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they stay forever, like annoying whiny ghosts in your Aunt Susie’s attic, and they just say “Unavailable” until the day you die.

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Hey — I thought Aunt Susie said you guys weren’t real? 

If you ask Author Central to take an out-of-print book off your author page, they won’t. It’s all about “the best possible experience for the customer,” they say.

But hey, it’s not their fault you published something you shouldn’t have published in the first place.

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I think we may be onto something here.

Take it from me, my indie friends. Here are three life lessons, in a nutshell.

Don’t be unkind to people.

Don’t be too cheap when it comes to things you really need.

And for goodness’ sake, whatever you do — DON’T BE HASTY!!!

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14 thoughts on “Publishing Tip: “Don’t Be Hasty”

  1. Very good advice! I wish more people would have taken the time to explain how self-publishing really works when I first got into it.

    When it comes to poor editing and formatting, I nearly agree with the critics that it is “too easy” to self-publish without any quality assurance oversight. I’ve read plenty of Indie books with compelling characters and suspenseful storylines that are all but ruined by constant grammatical mistakes and spelling errors. Not only do authors hurt themselves with lower ratings, but they damage the “Indie Industry” as a whole when they publish poorly prepared manuscripts.

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    1. Exactly. On the one hand, it’s great that people have the opportunity to share their work — but at the same time, a 6-yr.-old who wrote a story about a butterfly could go and publish it. Not that I don’t like butterflies . . . 😉

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