What you need to know.
Self-publishing is the act of publishing any material yourself, in this case your book. It is often, difficult and hard to do; especially when it comes to formatting, designing and marketing. There are many self-publishing services that can help you with this—including us.
Except with us, we don’t distribute your book we leave that to you, but we can provide you with cheap services that allow you to polish your work or create your work and keep most of your money. After all, we’re not after your money—we’re after your quality customer experience to add to our reputation.
I know that sounds too cheesy, and it may be, but it’s true.
K Johansson Studios doesn’t take pride in taking people’s money. For a very long time prior to the business forming, I had spent much of my time editing and designing for other people completely free and realised there was a high demand for such skills.
K Johansson Studios was formed unfortunately during a time when there were many scams running rampant and this hindered our chances and made most writers very wary of any self-publishing services, which is understandable. ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors) can help you as a writer of what vanity presses to be aware of. It’s a great information centre for writers especially self-publishers and those who are looking to self-publish.
I could go on and on about us and about ALLi, but I won’t. Instead, I want to talk to you about self-publishing and what to expect when publishing. For starters, publishing a book is a little difficult when you haven’t handed out ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies), and these are the completed versions of your book or sometimes incompleted versions that should always be released for free to a select grew of people in exchange for reviews. Sometimes you may not end up receiving a review but it doesn't mean you can give up because when you receive the reviews this is something you can use later, on Amazon to gain readers—especially if this is your first time publishing a book.
Or you could provide your book for free for a limited time. However, the downside to this is unless it’s a series, you can’t guarantee that this will turn people into paying customers. There are also many other ways to promote your book but that will be in another blog post.
What have you learnt today?
That ARCs are important for early reviews.