Saturday, August 20, 2016

Guest Post: Self-Publishing a Murder Mystery debut book. How difficult was it? to Sharmishtha Shenoy

Greetings BookLovers,
A Detective novel's author graces our blog today. Lets get to know Sharmishtha Shenoy's view about publishing her 1st book.
Check out the book at: Book Blitz: Vikram Rana Investigates by Sharmishtha Shenoy

Q: Self-Publishing a Murder Mystery debut book. How difficult was it?
A: I never took the traditional publishing route. In fact when I started writing, I never thought about publishing it. As cliché as it sounds, I was truly writing as a form of self-expression.

When I asked a few friends to read the finished novellas they liked it so well that I thought that I will self-publish in Amazon. The entire process was an experiment. Now the second novel is a lot more difficult to write as I am aware that various people would read the book and some level of expectations have been bench marked from the first book.

Having said that self publishing is not easy. It is like a business where you need a lot of initial investment to sale your product. For example some one may make a phone better than an apple phone. But I will still not buy it as it is not a tried and tested product.
  1. No body wants to buy a unknown author. Stimulating sales is not easy.
  2. Earnings after spending money on printing publicity etc is minimal
  3. Designing a cover is not easy. Finding a good designer is tough.
  4. Getting a good editor is not at all easy.
  5. Many people are out to con you. For example, a person who charged me to proofread, did absolutely nothing and gave the manuscript a clean certificate.

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