There’s nothing like the high that comes after a book launch. After having my nose to the grindstone for two months, I can finally celebrate and look ahead to a schedule full of exciting and diverse new projects that aren’t the book. No joke, I had a fantasy list of to-do items I would let myself start once the book was out—and am cheerfully doing those now.
However, I know from my friend, self publishing guru Nathan Meunier, that launching the book is just half of the work; after that comes promotion. The majority of my promotion fell on the same day as the launch—just look at all this press—but there’s still a little more to be said. I have been getting repeated questions about the book, and I’d like to take a moment to address them.
Q. I don’t have a Kindle. Does that mean I can’t buy your book?
A. This is so very far from the truth. I do not even own a Kindle myself. You can get the free Kindle app for your computer, tablet, or mobile device running Windows or iOS. It is a one click installation, and you can get it on the Amazon sales page for my book.
Here is a handy illustration showing you how to get the Kindle app instantly:
Q. I don’t want to use the Kindle App. Can I get an EPUB version for iBooks?
A. Buddy, I will give you whatever version you want. Just PayPal me $5.99 and put the format you’d like in an email to me or the PayPal comment line.
The reason I have made my books available exclusively in the Kindle store is so they will be entered into the Kindle Unlimited program, which means Amazon Prime members can read my book for free. I think that’s pretty cool, but as more and more people ask me for different formats, I am going to have to make some tough decisions soon.
Q: If I entered your contest last week, should I wait to buy the book in case I win?
A: Sorry, I already gave out three free copies to the winners, whom I notified on Friday when the book came out. That brings my total of book giveaways to 18, since I gave copies away to each of the bloggers I interviewed for the book, too, and one to a beta reader.
And yet, after all of those free copies, the book is still selling better than Otaku Journalism did at first. “If you love something, set it free” and all that!
Q. I really liked the book! How can I completely make your day in return?
A. You are the sweetest, hypothetical question asker! If you liked the book, the absolute kindest thing you could do for me is leave a review about it on the sales page.
Amazon’s algorithm kicks into gear and starts seriously promoting a book after it receives 10 reviews from readers. So if just nine more people review my book, Amazon will make it so the book gets a heck of a lot more visibility, which will ideally lead to more people discovering Build Your Anime Blog, and that’s my only goal as an author, really.
Thanks for humoring me while I prattle on about my book baby for just a bit longer. I’ll be back and writing your regularly scheduled otaku journalism soon.