peeps: Jackie Pilossoph
With a Masters Degree in Journalism from Boston University, Jackie Pilossoph is a freelance newspaper reporter and weekly columnist for Pioneer Press. She’s also busy freelancing for online magazines and corporations, and writing novels — she’s the author of the rom-coms Free Gift With Purchase, Jackpot!, and Hook, Line and Sink Him — and screenplays. She is, of course, also a blogger; her blog, Divorced Girl Smiling, is “an uplifting, inspirational and funny blog aimed at helping men and women facing divorce.”
She currently lives in Chicago with her family, and is hard at work on her next novel, scheduled for release this summer.
How Jackie Got Started Self-Publishing
Hook, Line and Sink Him was Jackie’s first novel, and it was published by a small publisher. But she got disenchanted with the process — she wanted total creative control. And, given her past sales experience, she felt she could do a really good job marketing her books herself. So it really was inevitable that for her second book, Jackpot!, she would take the self-publishing route.
Well, she reports that she sold “tens of thousands” of the book, in both print and digital, with a lot of help from free promotions. “I gave countless downloads away for free,” she says.
With those kinds of numbers, it shouldn’t be a surprise then that she also decided to self-publish her next book, Free Gift With Purchase, and the one after that that’s coming out this summer.
Self-Publishing Tips and Observations
- “Hire an editor if you can afford it. Readers don’t take kindly to typos!”
- “Don’t be afraid to promote your book by giving it away for free.”
- “Whenever you get an email from someone who read your book and liked it, send them back a thank you with a link on Amazon to write a review. In other words, make it as easy as possible for them to write a review of your book.”
- “Start blogging. It helps sell books!”
- “Don’t get discouraged if you get some bad reviews. It’s brutal, but that’s reality. I just got a one star and the meanest review I’ve ever gotten today! But for every one of those, there are dozens of good reviews.”
- “Reach out to book bloggers to read and blog about your book. They have a lot of influence!”
- “If you love it, keep writing!“