I know a lot of readers don’t actually visit the blog directly, but read articles in their feed reader or in an email message. And I’m glad we have those available, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to keep up with much of what goes on in the self-publishing world. So if you’re reading this in your email, you won’t see new free self-publishing resource I’ve put together for those of you thinking about getting involved in self-publishing, or if you’ve gotten started but still have lots of questions. Grab the free PDF e-Book 10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing here: Believe me, I know how confusing all this stuff can be. I self-published my first book in 1986. I had been working in the publishing business, but I had no idea how to get an ISBN, not a clue how to get testimonials or book reviews, and little idea about most of the publishing process.
Long Time ComingI’ve wanted to put together a PDF like this for a while, and I’m glad I found the time to do it. Here are the questions I included to cut down on some of the “frustration time” new self-publishers go through:
- Your author platform
- Going DIY
- Reader research
- Print/e-Book decisions
- Cost of self-publishing
- Subsidy publishers
- Book covers
- Book marketing
What’s Missing?But the more I thought about it, the more I realized something was missing. Sure, the guide was useful, but it needed more. Then I realized what it was. What newcomers needed was also a list of the most common mistakes people make when they get started, so I added those, too. In each case you’ll find:
- a thorough explanation of why this is a mistake,
- how to avoid it, and
- links to resources if you want to find out more.