Lisa Marie Wilson writes about the valuable information she found out when she decided to self-publish her first book, Traveling Daisy: A Generational Cancer Book of Disease and Dysfunction. in today's Huffington Post.
Wilson says she decided against a print version of her book, having heard too many stories of authors investing too much money in soft-covered books and having boxes of them in their garages for years to come.
She watched webinars, read e-books and did extensive internet research to find out how to sell and market her book, the proceeds of which she has donated to cancer research.
Wilson says she emailed everyone she knew, she offered entry into a prize draw to anyone who bought and reviewed her book in order to get the numbers of book reviews up. (She currently has 40 reviews on Amazon.)
Second time round and Wilson says she’s not sending out query letters for book number two, but she will be creating a funny book trailer to post on social media and she’s hiring a photographer to shoot her front cover.
Wilson’s final tip on what she learned from self-publishing her first book is the importance of a thick skin.