In The Interest of Sharing the Journey…. by Susan Lute
Over the last two-ish weeks, I had some interesting decisions to make. In the realm of indie publishing. About my indie books. About Jane’s Long March Home, specifically.
As you know, The London Affair was just published on Amazon and B&N. Part of being indie published is a previously unknown obsessive attention to the stats so, of course, you know I’m watching the numbers and other authors who are digitally publishing, as well. Because as we’ve already said, no two authors have the same experience, but on the off-chance it could happen, I like to keep a watch on industry players. So the first hint that I ‘might’ want to make some changes came in the form of an interesting post by Julianne MacLean, How Important Are Cover And Price When Promoting Your EBook? Very! The part that caught my attention (though the whole article is full of excellent information and insight), was that Julianne changed her cover, and why she chose to do that.
So, with The London Affair making its debut on Amazon, I thought it was time to take another look at Jane’s Long March Home and its packaging. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the cover. But it doesn’t scream romance, and now that I’ve had time to swim in the digital publishing ocean, I have a new perspective of covers, and how, if done right, they really are an important tool in selling books. Not that I wasn’t always a believer, it’s just now that I am the marketing department, it’s crystal clear. Hence the decision to give Jane’s a new look. I needed a cover that screams, this is a romance!
Will the new cover grab reader’s attention? We’ll see. This is just one of the decisions an indie author has to make.
Another decision I’ve been mulling over is where to publish The Dragon’s Thief, my paranormal/fantasy romance, a post-apocalyptic novel set thirty years in the future. Yes, this is ‘the book of my heart’, along with a few others 🙂 Clearly, I can self-pub my dragon book, the first of five novels. The biggest consideration…it will require a lot of marketing, along with the contemporary romances I already have in the pipeline. Can I do it justice?
So, here’s the discussion going on in my head. Besides the fact that I think it’s important to have my eggs in more than one publishing basket, who should publish The Dragon’s Thief? Crazy Hair Publishing (me)? Or another publisher? The discussion is fraught with potholes. I’ll let you know my decision as soon as I know 🙂