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Malcolm
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PostSubject: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyFri Jun 20, 2008 8:25 am

Here's an interesting site featuring authors' self publishing experiences. The best of them end up saying here's what worked and here's what didn't work. It costs nothing to share your story and a bit of advice. You can't use your space to promote your book, but you can upload a picture of the cover and a website link:

http://www.shared-self-publishing.com/index.html

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Sue
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyFri Jun 20, 2008 10:42 am

Thanks, Malcolm, for the link. Think I will check it out!
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyMon Jun 23, 2008 6:56 am

Hi Malcolm,

I visited the site and submitted an article that is now on the site:

http://www.shared-self-publishing.com:80/dont-expect-selfpublishing-to-be-easy.html

It's an interesting concept and certainly made me think about my own self-publishing experience.

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lin
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyMon Jun 23, 2008 9:32 am

Oh yeah, that's Steve. A very cool guy.
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyMon Jun 23, 2008 12:43 pm

Wow! If you think you are doing enough to attract viewers to your website, read what Steve said about me and my efforts. He said I'm not doing enough. How do you compare with me?

http://www.shared-self-publishing.com:80/shelagh-watkins-mr-planemakers-flying-machine.html

I can guarantee you won't feel better after you've read it!

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Dick Stodghill
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyMon Jun 23, 2008 2:58 pm

I don't compare with you in any way. That makes you the winner, I think.
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Malcolm
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyMon Jun 23, 2008 6:03 pm

Wow, he just kept writing and writing and writing.

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Pam
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyTue Jun 24, 2008 5:30 am

OMG...there is much to do and so little time. What amazing feedback Shelagh--I've printed it off to do some contemplating, having one of those one book sites an' all.
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyTue Jun 24, 2008 6:38 am

Dick, you are incomparable.

Malcolm, there are a couple of comments on the article that you might find interesting.

Pam, Go to it girl! There's lots to do! The Self Publishing Experience 925501 The Self Publishing Experience 733985

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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyTue Jun 24, 2008 2:09 pm

Yes, I too printed it out! As Pam said about contemplation and one book site.

I have a question. Where did you get all the stats about who visits your site? I have yet to put up a counter. (I can't figure it out for my site.) How else do you get them?

Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyTue Jun 24, 2008 2:16 pm

Hi Sue,

You can sign up with statcounter here:

http://statcounter.com/

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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyTue Jun 24, 2008 4:04 pm

Statcounter is GREAT.

Start a free account and put the code on all your pages. (I'd strongly suggest you make it invisible, so visitors won't see it.)

It gives an extremely useful and comprehensive look at who came to your site, where from, what kind of underwear they have on and if they like bisquits.

You'll end up sitting around playing with it, mark my words.

Be sure to bookmark the page with your account so you can go check the stats.
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyTue Jun 24, 2008 9:07 pm

And don't forget to bring your biscuits! Or maybe some chocolate chip cookies! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyWed Jun 25, 2008 6:12 am

I love statcounter too, and it's also on my blog. You may find yourself with more info than you ever wanted Sue, which is okay because you'll also have all kinds of fun seeing where your visitors come from. If you forget to go look at your stats they even send you an email reminder with a teaser in it so that you go check it all out. It's a fun way to burn a little time with a cup of tea and one of those cookies!
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Dick Stodghill
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyWed Jun 25, 2008 11:00 am

Another good one is Clicky.
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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyWed Jun 25, 2008 11:04 am

I've added a few words about Google search engines on best-children's-books.com linked to the site. Members here might find the information useful:

http://www.best-childrens-books.com/shelagh-watkins-mr-planemakers-flying-machine.html

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PostSubject: Re: The Self Publishing Experience   The Self Publishing Experience EmptyWed Jun 25, 2008 6:30 pm

It's true. All the SEO and engine bait in the world won't do much for fiction.

NON-fiction is another story.

For that matter there is a big difference between traffic and conversion.

The more SE driven traffic I get on my site (around 300 visits a day) the less conversion I get.

Probably cause... people are putting "Mexican slang" into search engines looking for an online lexicon where they can quickly learn a little trash talk or figure out what the bus boys are saying about them.

As opposed to wanting to buy a book.

Forums, networks, niche directories, trading links, placing "link bait", even some webrings are much more effective for fiction.
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