Joe’s Post #107 – The More I Learn, the More I Know I Don’t Know (or something like that)
Having read a bit on the whole self-publishing thing, I have come to one conclusion. I need to read a lot more.
Here are a few things that I need to know more about.
Call it a top 10.
- Understand my rights and copyright. This is, like, lawyer stuff. Lots of big words and long sentences. This is going to be hard.
- Understand social media marketing more than I do. I need to know how to build audiences, get traffic to a site, and figure out this damned twitter thing.
- Read up on publishing options and houses that do that kind of stuff.
- Understand getting and using ISBNs. I don’t even have a clue about those things, yet.
- Understand marketing way better than I do right now. I think most of my family will buy my book, but that’s about it. I need to find a way to market it to about a billion Chinese.
- Read up on the technical aspects of publishing, from formatting to layouts and fonts to computer programs and platforms. And all that design stuff. Cover. Back-cover. Art.
- I am the world’s worst editor (especially of my own stuff). I’ll need to find someone to help me with this.
- Learn how to negotiate. I can barely get someone to add extra cheese to my pizza without a surcharge, so this is going to be a toughie.
- I need to figure out this whole pricing thing. How much is my book worth? I’m thinking that I’ll charge $1,000,000 for one and hope like hell just one person buys it. All I need is one person.
- Go and talk to people who own book stores and actually buy local authors. Do these people still exist? I’ll try to find out.
But more importantly, the one thing I absolutely MUST do is write!
But I tell you, there’s a lot to learn. A lot.
Sorry there’s not a lot of answers, yet. This process is just beginning.
Any thoughts from others?