I published the first volume of The Visual Guide to Extra Dimensions in August, 2008.
It’s taken six years to put this on Kindle.
Well, these books include numerous images, equations, and a few tables, which made the formatting rather complex. (I wasn’t planning to convert these (or have them converted) to Kindle any time soon, until I had the opportunity to interact with the Kindle educational team. But that’s a story for another day.)
These two books are quite sentimental to me.
I had put years of effort into perfecting Volume 1 and was shopping it around to academic publishers without being able to persuade them to look further than my curriculum vita, when I discovered CreateSpace.
For the first six months, I had sold just a few copies per month. At the beginning of 2009, I had really begun to doubt my decision to self-publish. But I continued to edit and format Volume 2, thinking that I needed to perfect it whether I continued the self-publishing route or went on another hunt for a publisher.
In March, 2009, I published Volume 2, and suddenly both volumes took off with a bang. Both volumes were ranked around 5000 overall for much of March.
These have long ceased to be my better selling books, but the success of these two volumes gave me the confidence to publish my Improve Your Math Fluency series and other books. I’ve now had several books sell quite well at one time or another, and some books that have held pretty steady.
I no longer question my decision to self-publish.
Instead, I look back, thinking how close I had come to abandoning my self-publishing dream, very glad that I didn’t.
These are the books that made the difference. (Click the image above if you wish to check them out. I like how they look on an actual device best.)
Imagine a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers.
You don’t have to imagine it. It’s called Read Tuesday, and it’s free: www.readtuesday.com.
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Copyright © 2014 Chris McMullen, Author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers
- Volume 1 on formatting and publishing
- Volume 2 on marketability and marketing
- Boxed set (of 4 books) now available for Kindle pre-order
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