Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Calling All Self-Published Authors

Although I've never self-published anything...yet...I've been following all the exciting things that have been happening with self-publishing, especially with e-books, and I'd like to do something different here on this blog. I've been writing blog posts about self-published authors and their books for a while. But I'd like to see something a little different for a change.

So I'm opening up this blog once a week to any self-published author who wants to talk about his or her new self-published book. Just e-mail me everything I need in the body of the e-mail (no attachments, please), including book cover photo, a description of the book, and anything else you'd like to mention that you think might help promote your book. This is about information: who, what, when, where, and why. And please include all product information like word count, author contact info, and links to where the book can be purchased.

This isn't going to be a review or a rating on the book. It's strictly about getting information out there. I have a lot of respect for self-published authors for taking the chance and empowering themselves. And when I see literary agents now jumping onto the band wagon with their clients self-published books, I'd like to try to build a network that's just for self-published authors who don't have that kind of inside support.

There are no rules; just that the work has to be self-published. It can be a .99 amazon e-book or iuniverse. I couldn't care less. It can be digital or print or on a stone tablet. It doesn't matter. But I'm standing firmly on one thing: I'd like to stick with self-published authors who don't have agents, and authors who don't work with agents who are now offering self-publishing/e-publishing services. Literary agents have web presence, they promote their authors all the time and they get a lot of attention. These agents know how to take advantage of all the opportunities on the web. So the authors who work with them can let their agents promote them. They don't need me. I've been in publishing for twenty years, but I've never been one of the good old boys and never will be.

I'm not focusing on one particular genre. This blog has always been pg rated and publishing oriented in a general sense, and it always will be. If you write YA, I'll post about it. If you write middle grade, I'll post about that, too. Your book can be erotica; it can be religious or spiritual. Fiction or non-fiction. This is open to everyone across the board. But I want authors who are going it alone.

I don't want anything for this. I don't want free books or gift certificates. This blog is non-profit and it will always be non-profit. I only get about 10,000 hits a day, which isn't much compared to other blogs. But if 10,000 people see your self-published book that's 10,000 more that wouldn't have seen it if you hadn't posted about it.

My e-mail address is located on the sidebar with my profile. Like I said, post everything in the body of the e-mail, no attachments. In the subject line of the e-mail, please write "Self-Publishing Blog Post," so I know it's for the blog. And if I don't reply, resend. It could have gone into spam. I haven't chosen a specific day yet, but I'm thinking I'll leave that open until I see how many requests I get to promote these books. If I don't get any, I'll just do it myself.

The only one thing I ask is that you pay this forward. In other words, be proud you've self-published your work and help other self-published authors promote their books. I've seen a lot of good self-published books out there but the authors are stuck in a difficult place when it comes to getting the information out there.


Leigh M. Lane said...

You rock, Ryan. You truly have a heart of gold. Just had to say....

ryan field said...

I have read so many great self-pubbed books lately I'd just love to spread them around and let other people know.

I don't think retail web sites do it on purpose. But sometimes the information isn't always available.