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The Self-Publish Dream Ride

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So you’ve written a book and it’s published on Kindle, Smashwords and all the other providers of eBooks & online ordering thereof. And it doesn’t sell. That leaves promotion. Did you leave that bit out of your dream ride to eBook glory and lots of sales? If you’re anything like me  you probably did: because you don’t have a clue how to do it.

Self-promotion comes naturally to some people. Particularly the more extroverted (those who validate themselves externally) personality types. For myself this doesn’t come naturally. Internal validation has its many pitfalls and this is another.

Promotion and how to do it. That’s the cause du jour. When I’ve got a working clue I’ll put it up here as a long-winded article:

Self-Promotion for Introverts

Coming soon to the Khara Thel epublishing corner.

 

-K.W. Jackson

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A Tale of Rum Town: Easter coupon special

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A Tale of Rum Town on Smashwords has an Easter coupon special. Get it for under a buck at US$0.99 if you enter the coupon code: LX53J

 

It is only valid until late April so get in quick to get a tale of the gritty underworld of a fantasy big city for a good Easter read.

 

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A Tale of Rum Town: published to Kindle

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It’s gone through the Amazon equivalent of Smashwords’ meatgrinder and now A Tale of Rum Town is available on Kindle for only US$1.99 – you can get it here or click on the cover art below.

 

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A Tale of Ten Covers

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Designing your own cover takes a fair bit of persistence and a decent eye for composition. What is especially hard when doing so for Kindle is that the resize of the image has to still be legible enough to entice a buyer. That has been my hurdle over the last weeks; resizing the image and still being readable.

Kindle resizes your cover image to 115px square for the gallery. By resizing your image (a copy so you don’t accidentally save it small) resize so its largest dimension is 115 pixels. That’s pretty close to how it will look on the Kindle gallery of eBooks.

I’ve done ten covers and I’m listing the evolution to what my current “go with” cover, from earliest at number one.

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  6. COVER_04a_colour_800px_hi
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Some pointers? Use fonts without lots of dangly bits. Avoid too sharp an edge. It makes the object look pasted on instead of “part” of the image. Avoid clutter: it’s just more detail that can pixelate when the cover is resized.

This image could be polished some more, I’m thinking, so it will likely change to a small image and larger text for the title. For those of you on a similar journey, into ePublishing, hope you get some useful tips from this. Leave a comment &/or subscribe.

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