Help! I’m addicted to rank checking and I can’t stop! It all started when I ran a freebie weekend for Elissa Blue. I broke into Amazon’s top 100 free books. Yes, I did take a screenshot to prove it. No, I can’t find it within myself to be ashamed. My hypercompetitiveness kicked in then and there. Now every time my rank goes up, I am giddy with glee, and each time it falls I am battling despair. I know it’s not healthy. I know I need to quit. Checking one’s rank multiple times a day is OCD at best, and egomaniacal at worst (no, I’m not a psychologist, I just like to throw around terms from DSM-5 because it’s fun). But seriously, somebody please impart some wisdom to help break my ranking addiction!
I’ve been using WordPerfect since version 5.1 (that’s DOS, boys and girls!), even got pretty proficient in 6.0 and 6.1 as a professional word processor before grad school, but I have NEVER done anything so complex and awesome as the book cover I just finished in X8. Sure, the codes weirded out, gave me random black lines, forced page breaks, and disappearing graphics, but I persevered! And many hours later, my cover is ready for publishing! Wait, you say, didn’t you already publish a paperback version of Elissa Blue? Yes, I did. But I’ve learned that publishing through Amazon and Barnes and Noble online doesn’t help you get your book in physical bookstores. For that, you need a distributor everybody uses like Ingram. Also, Amazon and B&N help you with templates and formatting for your cover. Ingram just wants a PDF. And BAM! I did it! 😀
I’ve never marketed a book before; I really don’t know what I’m doing. However, I developed a love of meme making during the last presidential campaign, and it’s really hard to stop. So I’ve redirected my meme creativity into marketing. Wanna see? I don’t know how effective they are as far as advertising, but I’m having fun. 😀
After staying up all night twice fiddling with codes and formatting on the Nook version of my book (sleep is stupid), it is finally available! So my Nook friends, please let me know how it looks. I don’t have a Nook, so I had to rely on B&N’s previewer. Once again, the minutiae of publishing is much more time-consuming and persnickety than I had realized; kudos to the publishing companies who make it look easy (it’s super not).
And just in case you’ve forgotten, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate on March 1st. If you would like to be entered to win, just leave a comment below with a link to your review of my book. If you review it on multiple sites (Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, Kobo, etc.), just include the links and you’ll get an additional entry for each one. Thank you so much for your reviews! I love reading them. 🙂