One of the most interesting aspects of this entire self-publishing journey is learning the ins and outs of the Amazon platform. It's a mind-blowing experience. There is another perfectly legitimate conversation to be had about their business practices and their founder.
But that's not what blows my mind.
What blows my mind is how much creative freedom it allows.
It takes a lot of people to make a music video.
I come from the world of video and film production, where you need 10-50 people and a dump truck full of cash to express your idea. I've spent a good portion of my career waiting for the answer from someone with the money, power - or both - to make a project happen. Looking back, I believe that many of the most unhappy people I've known in the entertainment business got that way because of the enormous time they spent waiting for answers. It's not like any other business.
Self-publishing, on the other hand, is almost exactly the opposite. You do all the creative work yourself. You take on all the responsibility. You have limited support. You are the writer, director, strategist, producer, production designer and publicist. You have to learn about things like keywords and categories. There is no budget. You beg for help when it comes to proofing and feedback.
But you don't have to wait. You can simply make it happen.
Self-publishing can be done on a much smaller scale. A computer and a few allies who will proofread will get you started. Then you type.
This brings me to reviews.
We need 'em ...
Truth is, we want the book to succeed so we can buy time to write more of books. We are committed to creating a world of stories connected to The Dockporter. Prequels. Sequels. Sidequels. Think Marvel Universe, only with no special superpowers and lots of horse crap and fudge.
The one aspect that does need scale is the "word of mouth" that can only be created by vocal fans. Yes, we're asking for reviews if you feel the urge. Reviews are the X-factor. They help tremendously in the Amazon algorithm.
Keep 'em about the book ...
Many of the folks on this mailing list are connected to the Jim and me socially, as we are, admittedly "Mackinac people." So when/if submitting your honest review, focus on the book. If you like it, tell people why. They can be short and sweet.
If you know us, you don't need to mention our times together on the island, as Amazon could flag that review and we would lose it. These reviews are for total strangers browsing Amazon, looking for a great new read, and they are precious.
Jim and I are an army of two. We need your support, and smart, honest reviews help us tremendously.
Thanks again for everything. We're almost there!
-Dave and Jim