Remember, way, way back, when I said that I was going to really push for traditional publishing? Well, I still am. Most of the reason was marketing. I’m an author, not a salesman, I say. And to an extent, that is still the case. However, when I stumbled into the world of the Future Chronicles and Chronicle Worlds:Paradisi, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to launch an indie career as well. After all, every single FC anthology that Samuel Peralta has launched has hit #1 in the Amazon SFF Anthology ratings. With that many eyes getting the anthology, and perhaps even reading my work, it would be a tremendous waste not to have something else of mine for the readers to sink their teeth into. And it has to be ready before the anthology launches.
Thus, this list. Here’s a number of things I have to do before the end of August, which is when Paradisi is scheduled to launch. I am posting this as a public checklist for my benefit as well as a guideline for others who might wish to follow me.
Set up a mailing list via MailChimp (cheap for now. Might have to move to AWeber later) Using the link for my newsletter, complete my blurb and Author Notes for that story and get the list to Samuel Peralta, the anthologist. Put the link on this blog (in case someone is moved to sign up) Write a newsletter (what a concept!) Set up a BookFunnel account, so I can send out the freebie stories that I am promising my subscribers. Format the freebie stories. Get a cover for the freebies! Convince someone from here to sign up for my newsletter, so I can test the whole thing out. (I’ll test it out first, I need a second tester) Format the next paying story (God’s Sandbox)
- Create a Amazon KDP account.
- Panic because I forgot something.
If anyone notices something I’ve forgotten, please let me know.