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Going Indie with my novel Northwoods Deep
3/4/2011 6:57:08 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

When I originally decided to make a few collections of my short stories available for the ebook market, I figured why not? Most of the stories had already been published in venues like Weird Tales, Gothic.net and ChiZine, so I wondered if this was a good opportunity to not only make them available for a few more people, but also squeeze a little more money out of them. Also, my collection of sci-fi horror, Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse, had come out in print through the wonderful Samís Dot Publishing Ė but they had only asked for the print rights, so I thought I might as well get that out in electronic form, too.

My wife Melissa, who is also a graphic designer, deisgned my covers, I uploaded them to Amazon and Smashwords, and hoped to perhaps make enough per month to pay for a tank of gas. A couple months later I was making enough for four tanks of gas. Meanwhile, I had my horror novel Northwoods Deep gathering dust on my computer. I had written it years earlier Ė had even gotten an agent for it, but that didnít end up going anywhere. So -

I decided I should jump in to this indie publishing thing with both feet, damn the torpedoes! Again, my wife designed what I feel is a cool cover, and we made it available for the ebook market. It has become my second best-selling work out there (behind Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse) and while Iím certainly not making a living off of the sales, it keeps selling a few more copies each month than the month before.

If I was to give anyone considering this indie thing some advice, it would be Ė have patience. Although more and more indie authorsí books are skyrocketing up the charts, those are still more the exception than the rule. Marketing is certainly important, but even more important is to keep writing. And while itís tempting to get your work out into the market as fast as possible, take the time to make sure itís at its absolute best. While quantity may catch more eyes, quality is what is going to increase your sales over the long haul. And if you have both quantity and quality Ė then look out!


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More Blogs by Joel Arnold
• The Sucking Suckathon of Suckiness - Monday, May 21, 2012
• Mississippi Pearls and a Car Biding Its Time on the Ice 'til Spring - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• One Decade, One Story - or how One Thing Leads to Another - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Racing Minnesota-style! - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• This Here Minnesota Horror Author was a Big Old Scaredy-Cat - Thursday, December 22, 2011
• Jack the Blob Killer - Monday, December 19, 2011
• Death Rhythm - Tuesday, September 20, 2011
• More Writing What You Know - Monday, September 19, 2011
• How I Interpret 'Write What You Know' - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Blessings - or - What I write after having one too many... - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• 120 Miles in a Canoe - Monday, June 27, 2011
• On Stephen King - Thursday, June 23, 2011
• Why Horror? - Wednesday, June 22, 2011
• Zen & the Art of Swearing - Friday, June 10, 2011
• If Coffee Shops were Run by Airlines - Thursday, May 12, 2011
• Trying to Figure Out What Scares Me - Monday, March 21, 2011
• My Confession - Tuesday, March 08, 2011
•  Going Indie with my novel Northwoods Deep - Friday, March 04, 2011  
• How I Envision Conflict When Writing - Thursday, March 03, 2011
• Wall Drug - why it's one of my favorite places - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Jonesing for a Road Trip - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Snowmapocalyptopalooza - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
• How Do You Remember? - Thursday, January 20, 2011
• When your parents are librarians... - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
• The genesis of a novel - the first 6 days - Tuesday, January 04, 2011
• Searching for Truth - Characterization - Thursday, December 16, 2010
• Control - and a little more about Northwoods Deep - Monday, December 13, 2010
• Bukowski - Wednesday, December 08, 2010
• Flies, Flies, Spam, and Flies - Friday, December 03, 2010
• Naivete and the Young Writer - Thursday, December 02, 2010
• For Writers looking for some Adventure - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
• My usual rider for family/friend appearances - Tuesday, November 23, 2010
• Writing and Me - a dramatization - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day (now with vitamin C!) - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• The Power of Music - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• To All the Bookstores I've Loved Before - Monday, November 15, 2010
• The Care and Feeding of Writers - Sunday, November 14, 2010
• Rudiments - Thursday, November 11, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
• Tragedy - now with 50% more pathos! - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• Perspective - Monday, November 08, 2010
• The Daunting Dauntiness of Tweeting on Twitter - Saturday, November 06, 2010


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