This week, I've finally tuned into the Amazon top 100 lists. I didn't pay attention to them because I assumed I wouldn't make one. At least not at this stage. Then, Friday, one of my friends ended up on the Historical list. In checking it out, I found I was there too. #93. I don't know how long I've been on the list, maybe a couple of days. Since then, I've gotten as high (that I've noticed) as #80 and as low as #97. Wow! I can't believe I'm on an Amazon top 100 list!
What's the best thing about self-publishing? I'd say there's several:
One is control. I was able to tell my cover designer, Delle Jacobs, what I wanted, and she delivered. I love my covers. I'd never have a say in a New York publisher cover. I've held back from attempting to sell to small presses except for a couple that do great covers. I didn't like the covers most small presses put out (although that has changed with so many great people designing covers now) and didn't want one on my book.
The second is I love that people, many whom I don't know and will never know, are reading my books. I hope they are enjoying them. For books that have languished on my computer for years, to have them available to the public, is so wonderful. My first fan letters--one from my writing teacher and one from my uncle--brought tears to my eyes. Wow! My mom is reading Wild Montana Sky right now on the Kindle my brother and I bought her for Mother's Day. I think only a book by her daughter would have gotten her to try an ebook reader. Now she's loving it.
I have a great group of friends, members of the Wet Noodle Posse. We were all finalists in 2003 in Romance Writers of America's (RWA) Golden Heart contest. A few of my friends are ahead of me by months when it comes to self-publishing. Others are preparing their books. (You don't want to self-publish a book that's not well edited.) We are all having the best time, and it's brought us even closer.
So if you have a book that you haven't been able to sell, in spite of selling others, or winning contests, or good feedback from editors, consider self-publishing. And if you own rights to your previous books, then do it. Do it now!