Monday, February 7, 2011

This Week ...

So this is the week. I've finished the editing and proofing, got a cover done, and got the book professionally formatted for Kindle and Epub (thanks to Natasha Fondren, who did a great job and thank you very much, Natasha).

It's funny, because I find myself getting more and more nervous. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that I'm nervous—I am letting this book out into the wild, after all, and it's been cooped up for so long—but I am. It's like in my head, I know all the reasons I'm doing this, and they're good ones, but then part of me is like, "Are you sure? Really and truly sure?"

Yes. No. I dunno. Yes.

Anyway, I think the next thing that will have to happen—besides cajoling friends into reading and reviewing—is to figure out a way to sow the seeds of a MG e-book market. Somewhere out there, there are a lot of kids who should be reading this book. I've always felt that way, and now I have to best figure out how to reach them. Should I do a POD print version? Can I do that without getting an ISBN, which I'm not ready to do? Is there a mobile app that kids are using to read books? What is it? I'll be blogging more regularly, btw, as I try to find answers to all these questions and more ...

And while I'm working on ways to find my MG e-book market, I'm planning on getting as many crossover sales as possible by classifying the book on Amazon as a paranormal vampire erotica romance. Just kidding.

Unless you think it'd work, in which case I'm totally doing it.

11 comments:

Natasha Fondren said...

Aw, thanks, Jon! I'm so excited for you. I hope you do find that MG market! I think it's there. If it's not, I'm sure it will be soon!

Jon VanZile said...

Thanks again ... This is really exciting. I've read many authors in my position talk about how freeing it was to self-pub their own e-books, but I never appreciated what they meant exactly until today. Releasing this book is literally like a weight lifting.

Mark Terry said...

Good luck!

Stephen Parrish said...

Put me on your mailing list (stephenparrish@hotmail.com). I've been watching Amazon for the book, but you know how that goes; please remind me when it's up. I'm a guaranteed sale.

Also, my blog is your blog; lemme know if you want to use it for promotion.

Jon VanZile said...

Mark,

Thanks!

Jon VanZile said...

Stephen,

Mailing list? Uh ... I guess I should start to build one of those, eh? Anyway, thank you. I'll email you ...

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Good luck!!

JaxPop said...

Good luck Jon. I think you're gonna like this gig. My new one goes on Kindle in a week or so, & I'm pretty stoked. (Will be my 2nd & I do the POD versions.) I write YA, split my time between Ft Lauderdale (Las Olas area) & St Augustine & will check out your new book ASAP.

Jon VanZile said...

Melanie,

Thanks!

Jon VanZile said...

JaxPop,

Thanks ... So far, it's been pretty cool. It's nice to finally let this book go a little bit. I always hated the idea that it was doing nothing in my drawer. I'm considering a POD version, but you have to get an ISBN for that, right (to use Lightning Source)? I'm not sure I'm ready to go there yet.

JaxPop said...

If you have a cover already, it's not that expensive. I won't make a recommendation on your blog space, but the folks I use are awesome & very reasonable - their price includes an ISBN. Ya gotta have some books for signings & promotion! You can email me if you want, the address is on my page.