January 4, 2013
I’m a do-it-yourselfer, a necessity when you're an indie writer who doesn't have kids to force into servitude and can’t
afford to hire a staff that have to be paid. I do insist on
going with professionals for two specific areas: Editing and cover design (although I do extensive pre-editing so my editors don't hate me). Whatever else I didn’t know how to do, I
learned..and believe me, it hasn't been easy.
That means that I design both of my websites (www.bettyegriffin.com
and www.bunderfulbooks.com) and
keep them updated (or sometimes not, but right now I’m good). I
write my book descriptions (Look, Ma, I’m a copywriter!). I write my newsletters and new release announcements. I coordinate my mailing lists. I coordinate
my contests and make sure prizes are given out.
I set up my author showcases at Ganxy and coordinated them in a central location at my eStore. And I
format my eBooks (I did the print ones as well).
That latter one has given me the most grief. Mark Coker’s free Smashwords Style Guide has
helped tremendously. In addition, I just found more instructions at The How To Write Shop
that might be helpful, and this one has tips for formatting scanned documents
as well for those preparing backlist titles. I figured I'd share this with any indie writers out there.