Today Addison Westlake, author of Christmas in Wine County has written a guest post! Her book is on sale now with proceeds going to the charity helping the families of the school shooting victims.
So everyone please give a warm welcome to Addison!
Self-Publishing: The Wild West, this time with way more women
I self-published my romantic comedy “Christmas in Wine Country” just under a month ago. 20,250 people now have a copy. This weekend during a 2-day free promotion it reached #24 on the Top 100 Free Best Sellers on Amazon. And that’s after two weeks as a top 20 paid bestseller in chick lit and humorous fiction.
It’s been making me think a lot about democracy.
That’s a great way to dampen the excitement, isn’t it? I promise, I’m not about to start talking about candidates for office (aren’t you glad all the election ads are over?) What I mean is the lowercase “d” concept of democracy—a forum in which lots of little people without any special connections or status get to participate.
That’s what Amazon’s e-publishing feels like right now. It’s so easy—20 minutes and your book is up in the marketplace. And anyone with a computer (free Kindle app) not to mention a Kindle or an iPad can read it.
With self-publishing, there’s no LA and NYC telling you that you’re not good enough. Last September a literary agent turned down my happy little book. I pictured her all in black rushing around Manhattan with a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette dripping from a long holder in the other. Maybe also wearing a silk kimono. “Dahhling,” she said, exhaling smoke in rings, “it’s a NO.”
The self-publishing revolution has all the energy and excitement of the dot-com boom, except you don’t have to know any wealthy Silicon Valley investors. (And hopefully without the subsequent bust.)
Maybe it’s better to say—it’s the wild west, except there’s way more women.
The popularity of “Christmas in Wine Country” has been a joyful and unexpected gift. The best thing to do with a gift, of course, is pass along. Over the weekend while I was watching the numbers of copies my book downloaded go up, I was also—as was the rest of the country—grappling with the horrific news of the school shooting in Connecticut. I lack the words to express how deeply reeling in grief I am over this
But I do have the proceeds from my book. Everything the book earns this year I’m going to donate to a charity helping the families of the school shooting victims. It’s not much; it’s just a self-published a 0.99 cent book. But this holiday season it will be how I express my gratitude and send love to all those dealing with such inconceivable loss.
Many thanks to Sienna Logan for hosting my guest blog post and for helping to get the word out. And to any writers considering self-publishing on Amazon, I say go for it. And please feel free to email me if you’d like more details on what I’ve done to market my book—I’m happy to share: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buy the book here: Amazon
Thanks Addison and best of luck with all your writing endeavors!