peeps: Jason D. Morrow
Graduating with a Journalism degree, he got a job writing for a Georgia newspaper… but he realized it really wasn’t the kind of writing he wanted to do. That’s when he and his wife Emily decided to move to South Korea to teach English. It was an unforgettable adventure, one that also happened to give Jason an additional benefit: the free time to get back to writing fiction.
“That’s how The Deliverer was finally finished,” he writes on his site. “Between teaching English classes, I would type at the computer. I would go home and type. I would just keep typing. No matter what the discouragement, I was going to finish The Deliverer.”
And he did finish it. And three more to boot. The Deliver was the first in his Marenon Chronicles trilogy. His latest work is Out Of Darkness, the first in his new Starborn Saga.
Jason is now back in the States, living with Emily in Kentucky. And writing.
How Jason Got Started Self-Publishing
After he finished The Deliverer, he remembers sitting in his living room, trying to figure out the best way to get it out there. “I had heard of self-publishing,” he says, “but ebooks had never entered my mind. I figured I would be submitting my books to publishers and agents for years before someone finally thought it was good enough.”
He dashed off emails to five agents, and got back a few responses. All said they weren’t taking on any more fantasy titles. That’s when Amazon KDP caught his attention. “I had no idea that it was as big as it was. I researched it for weeks. When I finally decided to do it, there were the hurdles of getting cover art, professional editing, and formatting for ebook. After finally getting it down, The Deliverer was released on 11-11-11.”
Then nothing happened.
For a few months it did nothing more than 6-10 sales. But that didn’t faze Jason. “I knew it wasn’t going to do anything until I wrote more.” He then released The Gatekeeper a few months later, and The Reckoning only a couple of months after. With the trilogy out and about, next came his promotional masterstroke: He offered The Deliverer for free and people downloaded thousands of copies. As he expected, Gatekeeper and Reckoning sales shot up as well, and these he wasn’t giving away for free. “I was finally starting to see a life of being a full-time novelist.”
“Self-publishing has cost me very little too,” he reports. “I’ve paid a little over $100 for each book cover, about $150 per book on editing, and I’ve learned to format the ebooks myself. My sales have always paid for those within the first week of publishing (after book 2 was released).”
Self-Publishing Tips and Observations
- “Big publishers have a lot of work to do to catch up with the trend of self-publishing. Their prices are too high and author royalties are too low. Readers are starting to see that there is quality work out there that hasn’t seen a publisher’s desk. Yes, there’s a lot of crap out there too, but the readers will decide what that is.”
- “The best way to get anywhere with self-publishing is to write, write, and write some more. The more you have out there, the more you will be found. It all takes time. But invest in good book covers, editors, and make a solid book description for your Amazon page.”
“Make your work as professionally done as possible and maybe you’ll get lucky. A writer’s chance of becoming successful in self-publishing is infinitely higher than submitting books to agents and publishers.”