A quick technical guide to indie publishing in the Philippines (Part 1)
Self-publishing — or, as I prefer to call it, independent/indie publishing — has come a long way from the dark ages when your only options were spending a ton of money to print and store hundreds of paperbacks and hand-selling them from your garage, or wasting a ton of money on a deal with a vanity press. The technology around publishing now lets each author become an independent book publishing business.
VIDEO: Selling my ebooks and design products on Snack.ph
I’ve talked before about how Philippine-based creators can — and should — sell their digital products on Snack. While there are a lot of great digital selling platforms out there — I’ve used Gumroad and Payhip — Snack is particularly useful if a good chunk of your audience is in the Philippines because it accepts Gcash, PayMaya, and Grabpay payments (apart from Paypal and credit cards). These are mobile payment systems that most Pinoys have and don’t require credit cards, which allows you to widen your pool of potential customers.
I canceled my book … sort of
I thought my readers on Radish would appreciate having a free story. And some of them did. As of writing this, FMMBB on Radish has gotten 180k reads (about 3.75x the 48k reads on Wattpad, which was a surprise, since Wattpad has way more active users than Radish). However, while the reader comments on Wattpad has been lovely, the past few weeks nearly all the reader comments on the story on Radish have been complaints about how I was updating the story so slowly. How I should be posting more than one update a week.
New Wattpad story features (that I don’t have access to)
I was updating my apps the other day when the description of the Wattpad update caught my eye. It listed three features I’d never heard of.
How do we indie publish Filipino-language books?
I write fiction in English. I do have dreams of one day writing Bisaya erotica (and delighting/horrifying my aunts) but alas my Bisaya language skills are shamefully inadequate. I’m aware that those of us who publish English books enjoy the privilege of having many more places we can sell our books. For instance, I can publish on the Radish app and on Amazon, but currently neither will accept Filipino-language books. Furthermore, there are a ton of online resources to help you indie publish your English-language book, a lot of them free. Do Filipino-language novelists have similar resources?
Indie Pub: Moving to a new P.O.D.
So I did a thing. It’s not a new book. It’s a book I published four years ago, and pretty much the only novel I have that’s published wide. There are no revisions, the cover is the same. Most people wouldn’t notice anything new.