If you want to get better at self-publishing, of course, you will look for some tips and techniques that will help you improve. Find out what you can learn on self publishing Reddit below.
My Starting Point
Today's question has three answers. The third answer is a secret as to a trap that you can find yourself in on Reddit that's going to cost you a lot of money.
So let's get into it. The question that was sent in today was, what can you learn on self publishing Reddit? Now, this is a very good question.
The person who's asking this is wondering, is there a lot that you can learn if you want to get better at self-publishing or other sorts of things? And where exactly on Reddit you should go if Reddit is a good solution?
Before we get into the answers, grab a copy of my free Self-Publishing Checklist to help you get started on your journey. Now, let's get into it. What can you learn on self publishing Reddit?
When I first started I did not use Reddit. I used Facebook. Actually, I used a Kindle book, it was my first starting point.
After a while of going through the lessons that I learned there, I then came into Facebook groups that had other authors who started sharing some basic strategies. I wasn't even asking, they were just pulling me into some of the strategies that they were doing at the time.
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And over a while, one of them suggested I take a course and that led to another course and series of courses. Continuing to join communities where people were discussing strategies, I began to understand the importance of a community.
When you want to get a better understanding of how to do self-publishing and how to win at self-publishing. Remembering that the average self-publisher on Amazon only makes $1,000 a year which is pretty lousy.
So the goal is can we get better than that? Is it possible to do way better than that? And the answer is, of course, it is but you need to be around people who are winning.
You can even leave comments here in this blog for example. We go back and forth on strategies looking at your situation. And see if we can help you with regards to your self-publishing journey.
Reddit Is A Fantastic Place
So I found that I was able to use the community on Facebook, however, what about Reddit? That is something I've also been exposed to over the years.
I have found some useful tips and tricks that are there as well. So what can you learn on self publishing Reddit? Well, there's a couple of things.
The first is there are several subreddits that you should go under to find the best places to discuss strategies and tactics on self publishing. I've made a list of them here to help you know exactly where you should go.
And I'm saying Reddit is a fantastic place to learn a lot about self-publishing. For example, some of the best ones are writing, as 1,000,000 people who are subscribed there self publishes.
49,000 self-publishing each of the different subreddits 5,000 KDP has 1,000 and Kindle has 83,000. Now, you have to remember on the Kindle one that maybe people looking for books not necessarily creating books.
So probably that would not be a useful one. Whereas, the best one would be writing or self-publish. Or if you're getting started with doing Kindle books, I would suggest you join the KDP one and participate in the discussions that are going on.
Ask questions like how do I do a cover? How do I create one? how do I do the formatting? These sorts of questions and it will get you started on your journey towards self-publishing and getting your books out.
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But not just getting your books out but ensuring the quality of the books that you're getting out is as high as possible. The thing is my answer number two.
It is a great place to learn new strategies and network with successful writers and self-publishers. So we want to know what are the best tricks to succeed in the self-publishing game?
It's like anything else, if you were trying to learn chess you should probably join a chess forum on Reddit. That would also make it possible for you to easily make progress much faster on your chess strategies.
As opposed to trying to just figure out the game by yourself. Besides, we can lose motivation in doing something after we've done it in a period of time. We start to get bored with it.
Learn To Manage Your Time
We need new exciting ways to do the same thing and these sorts of sites will help motivate you. You'll see new and enthusiastic people and their energy can be contagious. You just need to make sure they do not demotivate you.
And that brings us into our third secret answer of the day which is why Reddit can be a trap? The answer is if you spend all of your time on these forums just talking about self-publishing or venting or reading other people venting and not producing books, you will fail.
So I'm telling you, you need to make sure that half of your time is spent producing content. Then you can spend maybe the other half or 30% or 40% participating in forums and these sorts of things.
Instead of finding yourself spending all of your time on the forums talking about strategies but never the equivalent of learning a lot about chess. But never actually playing the game of chess to become a better master of chess.
This is something that a lot of people find themselves into. Taking lots of courses and never really practicing what it is. Joining forums and thinking that it is somehow a thing.
One final thing and I've seen this is a very common one, it is for self-publishers to write publish their books and then to think that they're going to market and just shove out a bunch of links to those books to other self-publishers.
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The reality is those other self-publishers will not be interested in what you're writing about. They're not going to buy your books because they're not your target audience. They're good for giving opinions about what looks good or what looks bad and how you can do things better.
But I would never just continually thinking that by sending them links to your books or spamming Facebook groups and such or Reddit groups is going to sell more books because it simply won't do it.
So what can you learn on self publishing Reddit? What have you found? Go and let me know below in the comments because I love to hear, I respond to all comments. Check out my other blogs and videos for other answers to your self-publishing questions.