Marketing my First Book
Then came the trickiest part – the pricing! As a first-time self-publisher, I never really knew how to set a price for the book. However, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing has clear guidelines on pricing the books across various formats – Digital or Print. Plus, they have two Royalty sharing options as well to choose from – 35% and 70%. That definitely made it easier! And the joy I experienced when the book went LIVE is something that’s hard to explain.
Marketing the book was a little daunting. I was completely clueless about how marketing for a book works, I just decided to follow my gut. I started out by posting a few teasers, character reveals and posters that I designed myself using Canva. I then scheduled and posted these on certain days until the book was LIVE on Amazon. I posted a few testimonials and stories of my friends, ran a short campaign called ‘My First BicycleMemory’.
Self-publishing the book turned out to be a great learning experience. And it took a pandemic to discover what I want to do in times to come. Hadn’t it been for the ‘Me-Time’, the introspection that went through, the draft would still have been lying in the folder, half-baked and dead.