Being into self-publishing, the highs (control) and the lows (selling), the pros (digital), and the cons (pirates!) I thought it was time I immersed myself fully in the topic. Now I don't mean drinking a cup of coffee on a Sunday evening and watching two episodes of "Murder She Wrote" immersed, I mean fully immersing myself like Houdini in those tanks of water he somehow always managed to free himself from.
Before you think that I might be able to set the bar a bit low here, I do read books on the topic on a very regular basis, self-publishing gurus like David Gaughran, Mike Koenigs and Brendon Burchard all grace a sacred spot in my Kindle's digital shelves. What I want is more like having posters of successful self-published authors around my bed (Amanda Hocking, that means you!) I want to know about every dusty nook and cranny in the large and unexplored house that is self-publishing.
With this noble quest (and my trusty cup of coffee) in hand I spent my idle time wondering what the next step in satisfying my craving to learn more of the industry was. Should I send harassing emails to industry-experts in the hope that they would take me under their wings(pens?), teaching me Amazon kung-fu whilst we meditated over a red-cappuccino? I am not sure how you normally carry out your unique brand of brainstorming and exactly what feedback it might normally yield however, my experience is that the answer to my questions never jump out the mist like a car-guard in Hilton (for non-South African readers you might need a local to explain this) However I always seem to walk away with an idea of the direction I should be looking in.