Success of sorts
Well, I finally did it. My Sudoku series has made it onto Amazon in the USA, UK and parts of Continental Europe.
I have been creating these puzzles since 2010 and have a library of over 1200.
This has been an interesting excercise. The final stages were incredibly easy, making it abundantly clear that I had gone the long way round.
Like many bloggers, I would like to share my experiences. I would like to describe the easiest route, only that was not the route I took. In order to share, I must try again. In March. Wish me luck!
The long way round
After some Googling on the subject, I found an article by a successful author on free publishing. So I clicked her link and followed the easy steps to get my book in print. Only at the end of the process did I realise that I had published in India.
Then there was this great free site in the USA. The cover design tool was fantastic and if you get there via a referral link, you should get your proof copy for free. The distribution options never seemed to be available and I eventually gave up.
Twitter exposed me to many successful self publishers and their preferred print-on-demand publishers. From there I found myself on what seemed to be just another site turned out to be the easiest way to get your book on the Amazon platform. The site is CreateSpace and is an Amazon company.
Currenly available on the following Amazon sites (product links):
France | Germany | Italy | Spain | United Kingdom | United States
For Valentines Day 2017, here are 3 Heart Shaped Sudoku for you to download for free.
This is a PDF with 1 Easy, 1 Medium and 1 Tricky puzzle.
The puzzles really are heart shaped and they were fun to do, but you will have to wait another year for more.
Download this PDF for free
Publish your book for free and get a free copy of your book
After my accidental posting of a puzzle book in India, I have now had a go using lulu.com
The Create Print Book Wizard is easy to use and the templates are helpful.
The Cover Wizard is good, but prevents editing of the front and back cover together (ideal for a saddle stitch book).
Sticking to the free services, I was able to publish a print version to the lulu.com store. An Author Spotlight link can also be created.
Click to publish your book for free and get a free copy of your book when you publish
Check out my own efforts:
Published internationally by accident
Yesterday was supposed to be dedicated to reviewing self-publish websites.
With a little Google-Foo, it was not long before I was reading a self publishing success-story in the online edition of “The Telegraph”. External links were clicked…
Almost immediately, I was being walked through a “publish your book for free” wizard. It was simple enough as templates were given for different sizes and formats.
Then there was the Recommended Retail Price. 100 Rupees was the suggestion.
What? Yes, I had inadvertently clicked on the Indian edition of The Telegraph. So, in for a penny in for a Pound (or Rupee), I kept going.
Checking my email this morning, they have accepted the request and now, technically, I am published in India.
The online shop listing is here.
The publisher is Pothi.com. You can publish your own print or ebook with their Self Publishing wizard.
Tea-Break Quickies to All-Night Sessions
To start experimenting with Self Publishing, content needs to original. Sudoku is not in itself original, but these puzzles are.
As an illustration here is a free PDF of 60 original Sudoku (5 levels of difficulty – 12 puzzles of each level):
Sudoku cdf00006 – Tea-Break Quickies to All-Night Sessions
Recent Sudoku self publishing