Updated: Dec 14, 2020
On today’s post of Let’s Get Inspired, we’re going to talk more about self publishing. Self-publishing is the publication of media by its author without the involvement of an established publisher. The term usually refers to written media, such as books and magazines, either as an ebook or as a physical copy.
We’re going to answer some general questions sent out to us, and explain our solutions. Our Q & A’s begin with three questions, so let’s get started.
What are good methods for self-promoting gaming/RPG books?
This is an intriguing question, as there are different ways to interpret this question, so we’re going to answer it with different solutions. To begin with, if you are promoting a book that is related to an existing video game or RPG series, the best place to do that is in social media fan groups, and tagging it by that video games reputation. Alternatively, if your book is meant to be read like a video game or RPG, the best practice is to market this with a short video clip embracing some of it’s highlights, and sharing it through social media adverts. There are other aspects that could be approached, and you can learn more about those promotions in the video linked in the description.
Do traditional publishers do any of the marketing?
The quick answer is, yes. A traditional publisher is there to do all the hard stuff. This includes marketing you as the author and your book. A traditional and reputable publisher will acknowledge you with a contract, and pay you for your book. You receive further royalties for the book if it manages to sell above the amount they originally paid you. This means, it’s up to the publisher to do some great marketing for that novel. Your job as the author is simply to write.
If I’m serious about writing, should I quit my job to write?
If you’re serious about writing, I have a serious answer. And the bottom line is, unless you have a very good contract that has been given to you by a traditional publisher, and it covers your expenses for as long as it takes you to finish another novel, then no. A lot of authors tend to have full or part time jobs to subsidise themselves in periods of time where the creative juices aren’t flowing. And that’s okay. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
To summarise our chat today, traditional publishers are an end goal for many writers. Being picked up by a company that’s able to do all the heavy lifting for you is the best possible outcome. But don’t be fooled. There are a lot of vanity publishing companies out there and using them is not generally the best solution. Want to know more about vanity publishers? Check the playlist for the video about vanity publishers and why they should be avoided.
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