I thought it was simple: write a book and put it out into the world! Writing is a part of the being a published author equation (a challenging one at that), but there is a whole other world following “The End” of a manuscript. More and more authors are choosing the self-publishing route with success, but we know that if something is easy, then anyone can do it. As we begin NANOWRIMO season, I’ll be posting weekly blog content throughout the month of November on everything Self-Publishing, since we all know a book will come out of these next 30 days :). This way, authors are ready to take on the next steps to see their books off the word processor they used to create it.
Here are the topics I will be covering. Please feel free to join in on the conversation!
- October 29th: Traditional vs. Self-Publishing
- November 5th: What Readers Want
- November 12th: Formatting and Design
- November 19th: Marketing
- November 26th: Next Steps
I am sure it may feel somewhat scary sharing your work more broadly, and my hope is that these tools and resources give some solace to authors ready to take the next step in their writing. Doing initial research on my own, I feel that there is a huge support network out there for indie authors and it does take a leap of faith and trusting the process to make the dream a reality. Best wishes!
Want more information? Check out the sources listed below to dig deeper into self-publishing:
Curtis, Richard. How to Get Your E-Book Published. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 2002.
Daniel, Alex. “Self-Publishing in 2017.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 264, no. 4, Jan. 2017, p. 40.
Daniel, Alex. “Standing Out from the Pack.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 263, no. 47, Nov. 2016, p. 60.
Ebert, John David. The New Media Invasion : Digital Technologies and the World They Unmake. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., Inc., c2011, 2011.
Friedman, Jane. “Helping Indie Authors Succeed.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 262, no. 39, Sept. 2015, p. 52.
Hall, Frania. The Business of Digital Publishing. [Electronic Resource] : An Introduction to the Digital Book and Journal Industries. New York : Routledge, 2013, 2013.
Harkonen, Kira. “Who is the average ebook reader?” BookNet Canada, 17, Jul. 2018, https://www.booknetcanada.ca/blog/2018/7/17/who-is-the-average-ebook-reader
Herther, Nancy K. “The Latest Trends in Books, Ebooks, and Audiobooks.” Information Today, vol. 35, no. 8, Oct. 2018, p. 1.
Laquintano, Timothy. Mass Authorship and the Rise of Self-Publishing. Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, , 2016.
Lupton, Ellen. Indie Publishing : How to Design and Produce Your Own Book. New York : Princeton Architectural Press ; Baltimore : Maryland Institute College of Art, ©2008, 2008.
McCartney, Jennifer. “Advanced Marketing Tactics for Indie Authors.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 261, no. 34, Aug. 2014, p. 57.
Millman, Dan. The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way from Inspiration to Publication. Novato, California: New World Library, 2013.
Nawotka, Ed. “Indie Booksellers Warm to Indie Authors.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 265, no. 40, Oct. 2018, p. 5.
Palmer, Alex. “Choose Your Own Publishing Adventure.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 261, no. 21, May 2014, p. 1.
Sargent, Betty Kelly. “A Bright Future for Indie Authors.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 261, no. 48, Nov. 2014, p. 37.
Sargent, Betty Kelly.. “Review Success for Indie Authors.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 261, no. 53, Dec. 2014, p. 38.
“Six Great Blogs for Indie Authors.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 261, no. 7, Feb. 2014, p. 58.
“What Every Indie Author Needs to Know About E-Books.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 261, no. 7, Feb. 2014, p. 52.