Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Self Publishing Book Review: Self-Printed by Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine Ryan Howard recently released the second edition of Self-Printed. Like the first edition, it contains a detailed, step-by-step guide to going from manuscript to marketing, with some detours to discuss the theory and purpose of self publishing along the way. As a book that specifically recounts Catherine's own journey through self publishing, this is not a comprehensive guide to many ways an author can self publish. Instead, it is a clear guide though one of the many possible paths, which Catherine make's clear in her introduction.

This book is a great resource for any author planning to self publish. The step-by-step guide to formatting your manuscript for ebook conversion alone is invaluable. Other great information includes a clear break down of how publishing on Amazon works, comparison of the royalties paid by various online retailers, and more.

Catherine has a sharp tongue and a sarcastic wit, which she uses freely. She has no patience for people who want to take short cuts or see self publishing as an easy route to fame and fortune. Instead she presents self publishing for the realistic author, who is willing to put in the work needed to create, publish and market a good book.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Week's Top Articles on Self Publishing: 1/21-1/27

Guy Kawasaki, author of Author – Publisher – Entreprener: How to Publish a Book offers his take on the main reasons an author should self-publish.

A great introduction to some of the basics of self publishing, by blogger Madyson Grant. Perfect for for authors considering self publishing for the first time.

A recent Forbes article on self publishing, based on an interview with Guy Kawasaki.

Self publishing blogger C. S. Lakin is hosting a series of guest posts on what authors have learned about self publishing over the past year. In part 2, Rachelle Ayala shares her thoughts and experiences.

An except from Guy Kawasaki's book on self publishing. Here Guy shares tips on making your book look like it wasn't self published.

Rachelle Gardner introduces her new book How Do I Decide? Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Top 5 Blogs for Self Publishers

1. Smash Words : Smashwords Highlights:

  • We make it fast, free and easy to publish an ebook!
  • World's largest indie ebook distributor
  • 185,000+ titles published by 50,000+ authors and publishers
  • 85% net back to the author/publisher/agent
  • Distribution to Apple iBookstore (50 countries), Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, Diesel, Page Foundry and more on the way
  • Upload your book once and enjoy distribution to multiple retailers.  Spend more time writing and less time managing multiple retailer platforms.
  • We provide simple, step-by-step instructions that make it free and easy for anyone to create, publish and distribute an ebook.
  • Distribution to libraries

2. Inventing Reality Editing Service

Dreaming of becoming a published writer? Trying to ensure your book reaches the largest audience possible? At the Inventing Reality Editing Service blog, I'll offer tips and advice about improving your writing and marketing your book, all based on what I've seen as editing and writing dozens of published works.

3. Self Publishing Advocate : Publishing tips for self publishing authors.

4. Wise Ink

  • If you have a book dream, there’s a good reason for it. You have nothing to lose in figuring out if writing and then publishing your book is the right move.
  • If you know you want to publish your book on your own, all you need is a plan (and chutzpah).
  • Self-publishing is work, but it’s fun, and there are LOTS of resources out there to help you.

5. Self Publish 101 is a free resource site for those considering self-publishing of any book or other media by the author of the work. All of the content is written by publishing industry professionals and authors who’ve self-published, The author is responsible and in control of entire process including design (cover), formats, price, distribution, marketing and press releases. The authors can do it all themselves or outsource all or part of the process to companies that offer these services.