I have started a process of reverse and reset, to improve my author platform experience. While I have made good book sales, and many persons have told me they like my books, I didn’t do things perfectly when I first launched into the author world. At first, things seemed to work, but with increasing knowledge and awareness, I learned how things could be improved.
Write, Edit, Design, Publish
On my journey, l have learned that being an author means more than just writing a book. It means editing, book formatting and design, book cover design and choosing the right publisher or publishing option.
Print On Demand
Ten years ago, I wrote my first book, and when considering publishing options, I came across a company that offered “print-on-demand” publishing. It sounded great at the time; they sold the idea of printing copies of the book only when a buyer requested those copies, thereby avoiding excess copies printed and stored in a warehouse. They enticed me with huge marketing opportunities, at an affordable price. As a result, I overlooked that they would not assist with the editing. Big mistake. The outcome was a great story that people enjoyed, and which earned me book sales and royalties, but was poor on quality, in my estimation. Ten years later, I am doing a reverse and reset of that process, by rebranding that first book under a new title and new design. The new manuscript is currently being edited. I will give you more details about it in a future post.
Seven years ago, I had made the same mistake with my second book, You Can Rise Up. I don’t believe I made any book sales or royalties at first. Not until I switched to a publisher that cared about the look of the book, and about the editing. I would like to share with you below, the three cover versions this book has gone through, since 2010 to now.
I expect you will agree that the final outcome was far better than the first. I have come a long way in 7 to 10 years.
Currently Unavailable – Reverse and Reset
A few of my titles are now showing up as “Currently Unavailable” due to the reverse and reset process I am undergoing. This is temporary, but unavoidable, as a changeover is happening. Some titles are going through one or more factors, including change of distributor, change of publisher, new formatting and design, new cover design. I do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The books will be available again very soon.