James and I learned quite a few things while publishing and marketing our first collection of stories:
1. Have a handful of reviews available for readers the day of release – James and I had no idea that we needed a few reviews for readers the day of release! What a great lesson! Creating a fan base will hopefully remedy this for future publications.
2. Schedule the cover art in a timely fashion – James and I have the perfect artist! I wish we found her sooner!
3. Don’t go to the eye doctor the day of your release date – Ha! Ha! James and I did not have a “set in stone” release date. We received the cover art and decided to publish the electronic version of the anthology immediately. This was not a problem until I realized I had a follow up eye doctor appointment. Oops! James was on his own for a few hours while my eye readjusted from dilation! You know, that horrible feeling of blurred vision and a small amount of burning… I couldn’t read a damn word for a nice two to three hours!
4. And, of course, take your time – Even though James and I really wanted this first publication out earlier, we are glad we are waited through the continuous brainstorming, editing, beta reading (this really helps – thanks to all of our betas), and revising, and rewriting. If we released the first version… oh my! Yikes! 🙂 There are still little things we would like to change, but…
…you gotta start somewhere!
Check it out! The Dystopian Nation of City-State: An Anthology is available via Kindle and the Kindle app for only $1.99. Search “The Dystopian Nation of City-State” on amazon.com. The hard copy text is coming soon. AND… individual short stories are coming soon for only $.49!
***Kindle Unlimited members read for free! 🙂
James and I would love to hear from you!