I will be the first to admit that I am a novice in the field of self-publishing. But I have learned a great deal since I jumped into the business at the beginning of 2012. Probably the most significant thing I have learned was how critical two things are as far as book sales are concerned: (1) a great cover; and (2) professional editing. Problem is, both of those cost money, which most beginning indy publishers just don’t have.
My steampunk book, Tom Horn vs. The Warlords of Krupp, was launched several months ago, and has received mixed reviews. Some people really like the story, with some even asking when the sequel will be out. Others criticize it for faulty editing and a weak cover. Well, after six months of work, I think those issues have been resolved.
I have been working with Mateusz Ozminski, a young illustrator in Poland, who has finally come up with a new cover for Tom Horn. And it is amazing to me the difference the new cover makes. Even from my perspective, just having a professional cover to me gives the project credibility. In the meantime, a full edit has corrected the majority of errors that readers were concerned with.
So I encourage you to visit Amazon, Barnes & Nobles or Smashwords and pick up a 99 cent copy of Tom Horn vs. The Warlords of Krupp. Mateusz and I are already talking about the sequel, which we hope to have out soon.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments.