Tomorrow (November 22) is a big day for me. After selling close to half a million eBooks over the past twelve months I’m now taking a step back from self-publishing. I’ve spent twelve months promoting, marketing, plugging, Facebooking and tweeting and I’m exhausted. It’s time for someone else to do the hard work so that I can do what I do best – write.
Despite all the great advice offered by WNFIN’s expert bloggers, it’s possible that your book proposal may not land you a traditional publishing contact. Or maybe you have no interest at all in traditional publishing; you may want to be an indie publisher—to self-publish your work. Great!
At this point in the WNFIN challenge, we turn our attention to just that—self-publishing. To start us off I’ve asked my favorite self-publishing expert to join us: Sue Collier,author of The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, 5th Edition. If anyone knows what it takes to create successful self-published books, it’s Sue. And that’s the focus of her post—not just how to self-publish your book but how to do so successfully. After all, you don’t want to simply turn out a book that sits at Amazon.com and never sells more than one or two copies. You want to produce a book that sells thousands of copies—and maybe even makes it to the best-seller list. To do that, I suggest you pay attention to Sue’s nine essentials for self-publishing success.
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Congratulations!! You’ve decided to take the plunge and publish your book. Welcome to the indie revolution! In addition to the myriad design and marketing decisions you’re about to make, you must also decide whether to publish only in eBook format or publish in hard copy too. Authors choose one option or the other for various reasons. For our purposes, we’ll assume that you’ve decided to publish your masterpiece, your baby, in paper.
Which service do you use? If you’re the nervous type, who prefers everything done for you, you may want to go with one of the full-service self-publishing houses. It’s been a publishing lifetime since those so-called “vanity presses” made their debut. Back in the day, print on demand was a dirty word and authors who published with these shady companies worked, their detractors whispered, under the sick yellow glint of supreme self-delusion.
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