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So you’ve finally reached the point where you’re ready to create audio books. Maybe you’ve publish two or three books and they’re selling well, or maybe you’ve written more than 20, like me, and one of them finally decided to do well enough that you think audio books are the next logical step to increase your sales and give readers more options. Congratulations. You’re on to the next step of the publishing process, and you’re about to take extreme DIY self-publishing to the next ludicrous level.
First Things First: You Need:
A microphone that hooks to your computer – I chose the USB Microphone, TONOR Computer Cardioid Condenser PC Gaming Mic with Tripod Stand & Pop Filter. This microphone works with Windows and Linux. However, as you all know by now, I have a Linux machine, so the directions forthcoming were created while on that machine. It may be slightly different for Windows. The microphone I chose is USB, and it does not have any buttons or dials. If you want a gain/volume buttons on your mic, choose a different one.
Audacity – It’s a free download that can be used on Windows, Linux and Mac.
ACX Check – An add-on plugin for Audacity. Trust me, you need to download this and get it working. You’ll save yourself many many many many many many hours and headaches.
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I don’t talk too much about the time when I was submitting query letters, synopsis and sample chapters to agents. I don’t tend to look backwards. I’m not going in that direction. What I do is I keep my eyes focused ahead of me. That’s not to say I don’t learn from my past mistakes. I do. Then, I move forward with that knowledge and experience. I also weigh every decision very carefully. I weigh the pros and cons, and I make the best decision according to all the available information. Making the decision to query was no different. I weighed the pros and cons of self-pub against trad pub and decided the risk was worth it. If I got into trad pub, I would have the experience of agents, editors and publishers behind me, and I would be able to learn from them. I figured it was worth the few months to a year to give it a shot. I send my first query letter on 12/11/2016. I sent my last query letter on 1/29/2018.
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As an independently published author, you have the ability to publish your works of fiction and nonfiction on many different publishing sites. The most common site is Amazon, using Amazon KDP. This gives you the ability to publish ebooks and print books at your convenience, locate a plethora of readers and monitor your sales virtually in nearly real-time. However, Amazon KDP’s sales reporting can appear to be inaccurate at times. In this article, I’m going to explain the common reasons your KDP sales may appear to be wrong.
No One Has Purchased Any Version of Your Book
The main reason authors see zero sales is obvious, even if it is unbelievable and incredibly disheartening. No one has purchased any of your online books or print books or flipped any pages, if your book happens to be part of the Kindle Unlimited program. This reason is incredibly discouraging, especially if your social media book posts are getting interest, and individuals have expressed an interest in purchasing your latest work of fiction. The hard truth is that until they click the Buy Button, there won’t be any sales, no matter how eager your audience seems to be to purchase and read it.
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Everyone and their mother’s brother’s sister’s uncle wants you to buy their author services. This could be editing, formatting, layout cover design, social media help and book advertising and promotion services. If you have a rich benefactor, thousands of extra dollars or one of those black credit cards with no limit, fantastic. You can buy all this stuff and not care. For the rest of us, we have to think about what’s in our bank accounts, what bills need paid and if we have an extra dollar to our names. So, let’s talk about how much it costs in books to purchase certain services. The Editorial Freelancers Association lists the prices of editing services.
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(In a Word Processor. This assumes you will have your original cover from your Amazon Book that you can easily adjust to fit the dimensions)
Do you want to create your own paperback cover or hardback cover for a book published through Barnes and Noble Press? You can do this with your favorite word processor such as Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer. If you use Microsoft Word, Barnes and Noble Press has some templates to help you get started. Here is a quick guide with how to create a paperback cover for Barnes and Noble on your own PC or Mac.