On Self-Publishing: Amazon Createspace vs. Lulu.com

As a self-published, “indie” author, I often receive questions from other writers looking to take a stab at publishing on their own and avoiding the traditional publishing route. The other day I received one such question, from Twitter follower melissaonline. Here’s what she asked: How did LuLu work for you? Quality, experience, Amazon? Looking for opinions!! Have you tried CreateSpace? Trying to pick!! Having written her a fairly lengthy response, I felt it might be useful to others as well, and therefore am sharing it here on my site: To…

Amazon Tags: The Latest Book Marketing Experiment

As I mentioned previously, my debut novel, The Trouble With Being God, is now available for purchase in both paperback and kindle format on Amazon.com.  Now that the book is up, I’m continuing my self-publishing marketing experiment, and trying out different methods of social viral marketing within Amazon itself, currently focusing on tagging. As most of you are probably aware, tagging is the simple practice of adding relevant keywords to a product, similar to the way meta keywords were used in web pages. Instead of these tags being added by…

Debut Novel on Amazon.com / Switching from Freemium to Premium

As already stated on the official book site, my debut novel, The Trouble With Being God, is now available for purchase at amazon.com. Due to this wider availability of the book, the book is no longer available as a free download.  Previously I suggested that content creators offer their material as free to build up a fan base, and I still stand by this suggestion.  One thing I failed to mention, however, is that once you’ve achieved that base, if your goal is to sell a product, then you need…

Seven Reasons to Buy a Kindle from Amazon

As stated in an earlier post back when I was still using beinggod.com for regular updates, I finally decided to go ahead and order a Kindle from Amazon.  Since this was my first time going the e-reader route, I did decide to try the safe route, and went with a free trial offer I received as a Prime member. Now that I’ve had my Kindle for a few weeks, it’s time to share my thoughts – and why I recommend one for anybody who does even a fair amount of…