This month marks four years of Indie Publishing for me. Four years. Wow! It's hard to believe, isn't it? The self-publishing landscape has changed quite a bit since August 2010 when I published my first book, Midnight My Love.
Even though many aspects of publishing have changed, one important aspect remains the same: It all boils down to writing more books in order to get more product out there and expand your back-list which in turn helps your chance of being discovered by new readers.
I now have 51 products out there over 27 titles: 15 novels, 4 novellas, and 8 short stories. I have 4 boxed sets, 13 audiobooks, 6 print editions, and 1 German translation.
I've sold over 375,000 ebooks, 7100 audiobooks, and I've given away over 200,000 free copies of The Doctor Wears A Stetson.
I made 2014 the year I'm getting my stuff organized (read: getting my $hit together). With my back-list growing, I need to be able to locate at a moment's notice the latest files for each book. I made MASTER FILES of all my books. I updated front and back matter in each file, included cover jpgs, blurbs and excerpts. I then updated each book on each platform on which I sell my books: Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, Google Play and Kobo. I revamped some of my covers, and I'm working on rebranding my Regencies. I'm also working on releasing all of my novels in print (POD).
Earlier in the year, I decided to release a sweeter version of The Diamondback Ranch Series. Now, there is The Diamondback Ranch Original Series and The Diamondback Ranch Sweeter Series. This entailed going through each book, reworking, tweaking and turning down the heat and language. It's been an interesting undertaking to say the least.
Early this year, I was lucky enough to sign with Amazon Crossing for my first German translation edition of The Doctor Wears A Stetson. That's Der Doktor tragt einen Cowboyhut auf Deutsch. :)
Yes, I've been pretty busy this year. And as you can see, there's never a dull moment when you're a working Indie Author. I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm living my dream!!!
Happy Reading, Writing, and Publishing!!!
Anne Marie :)