Ed: I’m off for the holiday, and I hope you’re enjoying it with your family and friends. I’ll be back on Sunday with the next installment of Self Publishing: Carnival of the Indies. It looks to be a good one, hope to see you there. And thanks for reading!
For months I’ve been looking for ways to help reach out to help people thinking of making this remarkable journey into print.
Don’t get me wrong: I love blogging. And even though blogs are often praised as “content management systems,” there are many ways in which they fall short for real-world users.
For instance, there’s an article on this blog about how to create a cover for your Advance Review Copies, the ones you send to pre-publication reviewers. I’ve emailed a link to this article dozens of times over the months since I wrote it. Could you find this article? It’s not so easy.
The nature of a blog is to “pile” the most recent articles on top of older ones. Gradually you acquire a huge “pile” of blog posts. Over 400 on this blog, for instance. And there aren’t that many choices for how to present this information to someone looking to answer a specific question.
We use topics, categories, tags, and meta-pages like my Start Here links in the left sidebar. But blogs still seem better suited for publishing information, not for retrieving it.
Instead, I reached into the archive of my user-friendly and informative articles to create a series of guides to the subjects self-publishers ask about most often. I call it the Self-Publisher’s Quick & Easy Guides because that’s what they are intended to be: as much as you need to know to get the job done, and no more.
And if there’s a specific topic you would like to see covered, please let me know.
These guides are the beginning of a program of e-learning that can really enhance your publishing efforts. It’s incredibly empowering to publish your own book, and it’s so much more fun when you’re confident about what you’re doing.
Instead of telling you any more, here’s a link to the page that tells you more about the program. Go over there and check it out.