Archive for the ‘The Reluctant Self-Publisher’ Category

Amazon, Hachette, The New York Times, and Me

August 14th, 2014 | Blog, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 10 Comments

I wish she'd stop writing all those stupid emails and play bally with me

I wish she’d stop writing all those stupid emails and play bally with me

I’ve been following the power struggle between Amazon and Hachette with great interest. It’s so complex, with so many issues, and involves so many positions, voices, opinions and high stakes that I can’t take sides nor do I want to. I don’t have a dog in that fight. But I did have a thought about it. I sent my two bits to the New York Times, and my letter to the editor appeared in the August 14th paper:

To the Editor:

I’m one of the

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Would You Like a Free Copy of Unforgettable: Short Stories?

April 22nd, 2014 | Blog, Self Publishing, Short Stories, The Reluctant Self-Publisher, Unforgettable: Short Stories | 2 Comments

unforgettablecover153I’d like to send you a copy of my new book of short stories–either the paperback or a Mobi or epub file which you can “sideload” to your Kindle or Ipad.  Free. No strings attached.

Well, there is one small string.

I’m looking for readers and reviews.  So the catch is if you like the stories, you give me a review on Amazon, and maybe Goodreads. Why reviews? Because reviews–good ones, that is–bring more readers, who write more reviews, which bring more readers . . .

I published Unforgettable: Short Stories in February. Unlike The Answer to Your Read More

How to Market Your Indie Book–Or Not

March 18th, 2014 | Blog, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 18 Comments

Browsing through the February 2014 issue of the IBPA’s (Independent Book Publishers Association) magazine, Independent, I came upon an article by Joanna Penn, called “Content Marketing.” I didn’t know what content marketing was. Could it mean you were peaceful and satisfied with your marketing efforts? Not possible.

Anyway, I do know who Joanna Penn is.  She’s a whiz at book marketing, as evidenced by her Amazon #1 best seller How to Market a Book.  Her website for writers, TheCreativePenn.com (nice, huh) was voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for writers for three years running. She’s definitely … Read More

My Adventures in Song Lyric Copyright Permission, Part II: in which I meet a Prince and a Lord(a)

November 5th, 2013 | Blog, Copyright, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 11 Comments

TATYQ_Alden_Front121412_ver2In the first, hair-raising episode of “My Adventures in Song Lyric Copyright Permission,” I had “discovered” that I had lyrics from not one but nine songs in The Answer to Your Question for which I did not have copyright permission.

Make that ten, given that I had a whole song in the novel.

I immediately changed all the lyrics to just the song titles, which are not copyrighted, and sent the corrections to my formatter, 52novels.com, then uploaded the revised files on Amazon.

But that left the whole song, “Who’s that Knocking at My Door,” to which I … Read More

Doobie Doobie Doo: My Adventures in Song Lyric Copyright Permission

October 24th, 2013 | Blog, Copyright, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 19 Comments

Coming this January--SANS LYRICS--to an Amazon store near you . . .

Coming this January–SANS LYRICS–to an Amazon store near you . . .

I made a mistake.

I know, I know.  You’re shaking your head in amazement.  Paulette made a mistake?  She usually makes so many of them, how could she make just one?

Well, it was kind of a doozy, so I want credit for that.

Last January when I self-published my novel, The Answer to Your Question, I thought I’d done everything right.  I wanted to handle the publishing as professionally as a real publisher would.  I thought I had!  I was feeling pretty cocky.

Since I figured … Read More

Bookbub and Me: Feel the Power, Feel the Love

June 20th, 2013 | Blog, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 12 Comments

the answer to your questionI’ve been MIA from my blog and I’m glad to be back.  I’ve had my hands full teaching a Stanford on-line course in the book-length memoir.  The class was wonderful, I adored the students, their projects are fascinating, and where else would I get to engage with such interesting, accomplished people. But when the class ended last Friday, I was happy to get my so-called life back.

The other thing that has kept me too busy these past weeks is promoting my self-published novel, The Answer to Your Question.  If I don’t do it, who will?  Not only is … Read More

The Reluctant Self-Publisher Reluctant No More

February 22nd, 2013 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 12 Comments

Reluctant No More

Reluctant No More

Last Wednesday night at Subtext Bookstore in St. Paul, on a cold winter night (13 degrees), I had the publication reading for THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION, the novel I recently published.  I had done a series of blog posts called “The Reluctant Self-Publisher,” noting my reservations about self-publishing.  But now I’m reluctant no more. I’m so glad the novel is published, even if I had to do it myself.  I’m even happy about that.  The reading confirmed for me that it was the right thing to do.

I was so pleased with the … Read More

DONE

February 5th, 2013 | Blog, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 6 Comments

IMG_1543John McPhee has a piece called “Structure” in the Writing Life column of the January 14, 2013 issue of The New Yorker.

The last paragraph of the article keeps going round in my mind:

“People often ask how I know when I’m done—not just when I’ve come to the end, but in all the drafts and revisions and substitutions of one word for another how do I know there is no more to do?  When am I done? I just know. I’m lucky that way.  What I know is that I can’t do any better; someone else might do … Read More

At Last! THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION — and I Morph into The Obnoxious Self-Promoter

January 22nd, 2013 | Blog, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 17 Comments

TATYQ_Alden_Front121412No, I don’t mean I’m finally going to answer your question, whatever it is.  I mean my novel, The Answer to Your Question, is finally available as an eBook and a Print on Demand paperback on Amazon.

It’s been quite an experience to bring it to publication and put it out in the world.  It feels great to have it  finished.  But how will it find readers, and what will they think of it?

Unfortunately, the quest for readers is turning me into The Obnoxious Self-Promoter.  If you happen to run into me somewhere, no matter how slim the … Read More

An Update on THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION

January 9th, 2013 | Blog, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 16 Comments

 

Tshirt but No Book Yet

So many of you have been writing to ask me why The Answer to Your Question is not for sale on Amazon yet! 

Okay, a few of you have actually inquired (thank you). After all, I spouted all over the Internet that it would be available on January 1, 2013.  That was my publication date, and here I sit with nothing to show for it but a T-shirt.

For those of you following this saga, where we left off before the holidays was that I had everything in order: the novel had been copy Read More