Welcome Writers! Here is a collection of self-publishing resources that many writers new to self-publishing have found especially relevant and useful. Much of this information was gleaned from writer’s workshops organized by 3 Penny Publishing over the last few years. Resources are updated monthly. In addition, if you have comments or suggestions, please send an email.
But first, What is self-publishing?
Self-publishing means you are responsible for all the tasks that a publisher would normally do for you. This would include: editing, formatting, designing and creating a cover, finding a printer and/or turning your book into an ebook, marketing, promotions, and hopefully, sales and distribution. Some self-published writers are very hands-on because they have the skills to do some of these tasks themselves. In addition, they might hire skilled professionals for some specific tasks (like designing a compelling cover). Sometimes hands-on self-publishers who have a long-term publishing plan, take the time to learn new skills they know they will need to use frequently (like formatting an ebook).
On the other side of the self-publishing spectrum are writers with a bigger budget and less time. They often seek out a reputable self-publishing company that offers a variety of publishing packages.
Bad quality = Bad sales Quantity
Secondly, all self-publishing writers need to know that regardless of the path they choose, they will have to put in as much effort to launch their finished book into the world (promotion and marketing), as they did to create their book. And this means they need to be meticulous about every stage of their book creation process. A bad cover, bad proofreading, bad formatting, or rushing to publish without first getting feedback from test readers… all these problems with quality will impact the quantity of people who will read your book.
While it is good to be meticulous ––since readers get annoyed by typos–– you also shouldn’t get stuck forever in a pre-publishing phase because you are a petrified perfectionist. With ebooks and print-on-demand, you can make changes and corrections without it being a costly disaster (because you can upload new corrected editions). This is less risky than the situation where you spend a lot on getting a large number of books printed, only to find errors post-publication.
Genre fiction – quality and quantity
Third, while the quality of your book is very important, if you are a genre fiction writer the best way to increase your books sales is to balance quality with quantity. According to successful self-published genre fiction authors, if you publish a higher number of books, you will have a higher likelihood of gaining a readership. But while you are writing all those books, you still need to ensure you don’t inflict distracting errors on your readers. Therefore, it is wise to seek out professional editing and proofreading if at all possible. See the Pro-Help page to find professional editors.
Self-publishing resource pages
(Also listed under the Self-Publishing menu.)
Finally, if you are new to self-publishing, check out this helpful article on the difference between old-time vanity publishing and today’s independent (indie) publishing.
Did you find any of the resources listed especially helpful? Do you have an idea for a resource to add? Please send an email!
Updated April 2017
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