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Can You Recoup the Cost of Self-Publishing?

Those of you who have been following my mini-blog tour know that I paid for a professional cover for, and editing of, Carnal Secrets. One of the commenters on March 10th asked me the following question: …do you feel the money you put out will be made up in sales?

At that time, I responded: I think I’m going to recoup the cost and make some profit this year. Even if I don’t make any profit this year, I still think it was money well-spent because I have a professional product…

I thought I’d post a quick update on the situation:

As of early this week (ie, a little over a month since I put the story out), I have recouped the entire production cost of Carnal Secrets. (I’m not including the number of hours I spent writing, revising and promoting the story. I’m talking purely about the actual cash layout for the book.)

Am I happy? Of course! I’m thrilled!

More importantly, I’m grateful to fantastic reviewers, book bloggers and my readers. I really wasn’t sure what kind of reception I’d get with the story, especially with it being self-published and my not having a decent platform, etc.

So thank you. :)

Reviews: How to Format Your Manuscript for Kindle and Nook

How to Format Your Manuscript for Kindle and Nook by Nadia LeeI got some awesome testimonials / reviews from writers who used How to Format Your Manuscript for Kindle and Nook to create ebooks. Needless to say I’m thrilled that my guide was helpful to them as that was my primary reason for writing it.

How to Format Your Manuscript for Kindle and Nook provides simple, concise instructions on how to successfully format your manuscript for publication on both Kindle and Nook without any advanced technical knowledge of HTML or coding. Nadia Lee is a wonderful teacher and her guide lays out a clear path to creating great-looking ebooks.” — Ilona Andrews

“This is a wonderful little book. I was able to follow the clear instructions very easily and format a short story with no problems.” — Portia Da Costa

“This short guide saved me a lot of headaches. The clear and concise directions made formatting my book for the Kindle very easy and I would definitely recommend this.” — Katie Reus

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Review: Carnal Secrets

CARNAL SECRETS by Nadia LeePearl of Pearl’s World of Romance has written a lovely review of Carnal Secrets:

I really enjoyed reading CARNAL SECRETS. The start (first chapter) felt a lot like a category romance (Presents/Blaze-like), complete with the corporate setting and the revenge trope. As I went into this read fairly blank I was pleasantly surprised by this and was immediately curious about the rest.

And the rest absolutely did not disappoint. It was the perfect combination of pace, story and details/descriptions. Normally I’m not a fan of descriptive writing but the balance with the dialogues in CARNAL SECRETS was so good I really enjoyed it. Throughout the book, the back-stories of the main characters come across loud and clear without being intrusive with the romance and this is something not all authors that I read achieve easily.

The secondary characters were subtly portrayed and they all contributed to the story and the back-stories. Some I really liked as characters, others I disliked with gusto. There were a few very intriguing secondary characters of which I hope Nadia Lee will have the opportunity to write their story.

In conclusion, CARNAL SECRETS is a rich and layered read, subtle in the sexual scenes but intense in the romance and emotional parts.

(emphasis mine)

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“Creating a Cover Art with Non-White Characters” Is Up

I’m discussing the nervousness I felt at creating a cover with non-white characters, given the controversies over white-washed covers, etc. on Money Bear Reviews today. Please come check it out!

“Distribution: the Issues of DRM and Geo Restrictions” Is Up

I’m discussing the thorny problem called distribution, esp. DRM and geo restrictions, on Pearl’s World of Romance today. Please come check it out!

“Small Press v. Self-Publication” Is Up

I’m discussing the advantages and disadvantages of having a publisher versus doing it all on your own on Love Romance Passion today. Please come check it out!