The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing: One Indie Author Shares What She’s Learned

| April 23, 2015

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The Sane Person's Guide to Self-Publishing: One Indie Author Shares What She's Learned

Honest advice about self-publishing from an award-winning author

Are you thinking of self-publishing your novel or collection of short stories? If yes, read this short book!

Why read this book instead of the dozens of others out there?

I have self-published two books of which I am incredibly proud, and self-publishing has opened up many fantastic opportunities for me. Self-publishing has also been difficult, confusing, and lonely, and most of my efforts to find guidance have led me to people trying to profit from my dreams. Because of that, I have written this book, the book I wish I had had before I embarked on my own self-publishing adventure. I want to tell you all about ways you can feel proud of your books and take advantage of opportunities that being a published author will provide.

Most people writing books about self-publishing are actually trying to sell authors various expensive services on the promise of making them the next best-selling, self-pub sensation. I need you to know right now that for 99% of self-publishing authors, those services are not going to yield results. You won’t recoup your investment cost, you’ll end up frustrated, and you won’t want to admit it publicly because those who speak openly about the downsides of self-publishing get bullied all over the internet.

Here’s my promise to you: I’m not trying to sell you anything. I’m not even trying to sell you this book. I’m trying to give it to you for free in hopes that it will help you because we authors need to stick together. Via Smashwords you can set your own price, and if what you can afford is nothing, I’m okay with that. If $0.99 is too steep, swing over the Smashwords instead.

Topics this book will address:

  • Goal Setting
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Book Formatting
  • Cover Design
  • Distribution Channels
  • Planning Your Book Launch
  • Marketing
  • Getting Reviews
  • Dealing with Bad Reviews

If that sounds good to you, download it now. I promise to keep it brief. Your time is valuable, and I only want to help.

If you write nonfiction, this book probably isn’t for you, as marketing nonfiction is much more straightforward than fiction. Frankly, it’s easier to find your audience and make sales in nonfiction than in fiction, which is why the majority of marketing advice available for self-publishing are geared towards nonfiction writers. My chapters on goal-setting and book-formatting might be helpful to you, but much of what I have to say is intended for those of us trying to make a living by making stuff up.

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