I have found that writing a book is now simply the beginning of the self-publishing journey. There is so much more involved in being your own publisher once you finishing writing the book. You have to decide if you will sell it only on Amazon through their KDP Select, which allows readers to borrow books, for a set monthly fee. I felt that I did not want to put all my eggs in one basket, so I choose to go 'wide', which is to say making it available on multiple platforms, including kindle, kobo, iBooks, Nook, and ePubs at smaller distributors.
This past week, we released Servant of the Crown Internationally through multiple independent online retailers. My first book is now available in over 60 countries, and we will launch the second book in all outlets at the same time later in February.
Each outlet has its own raking and review system, which makes gaining traction in one particular market harder to do without spending a significant amount of money on marketing. This is why I like kobo; they work with their authors to help promote books for the benefit of both parties. Yesterday, we participated in a promotion which placed Servant of the Crown in one of kobo's daily promotions. Wow, has it ever taken off.
The book moved from over 5000th position to 8th in one day (this is out of over 18,000 books in the epic fantasy category). We decided to keep the momentum going, and have been doing some other promotions today and not only has it maintained its newfound position, but it has moved up to 6th spot!!
I want to thank all my readers for deciding to purchase 'Servant of the Crown', which encourages me to continue on the 3rd book in the series which is already about 15% finished!