Then there’s filling out all of the details for your book. Filling out all the details to get your EIN or ITIN and dealing with the IRS and Aussie taxes. There’s uploading your book across other websites like Goodreads, Wattpad, and so many more. They all require your bio and book blurb, covers and trailers.
Have you even done a book trailer? Bought the music legally and uploaded it to YouTube, your website, Facebook page. Have you uploaded to Pinterest, LinkedIn, or your Tumblr blog?
Have you done a separate page for it, uploaded the cover, the blurb, the trailer, the price? Do you even have the price right for what the book is?
Then you have to promote it. Have you Tweeted about it, Instagrammed it, Facebooked it, Pinned it? Have you asked people for reviews, added it to your email signature, updated your website’s sidebars? And what about press releases and press kits? They need updating if you have one as well.
There’s a hell of a lot to do when writing the book, but there’s even more when it’s time to get it up for sale. For those who don’t bother with Smashwords or KDP and only sell from your own blog or website, congratulations. You only have to worry about Aussie taxes and none of the pages that come with selling on the big book sites.
Writing a book is not just about the book. It’s also about everything that comes after.
If you only think you have to write it and everything else will magically happen, think again. Here’s just a simple list of websites I have to worry about uploading to and they’re just the ones I can think of now.
PUBLISHING / BOOKS
BARNES & NOBLE
YOUR OWN WEBSITE/BLOG
EDIT: this post has been updated in 2023.