All posts tagged Self publishing

The cold, hard truth about self-publishing

Whether you’re about to dip your toe into the self-publishing waters, or are an experienced writer, you’ll probably know that there are no quick fixes when it comes to self-publishing, or anything else in life that’s worthwhile, if we’re honest.

You won’t find a ‘silver bullet’ solution here, but you will find some sound advice on how to succeed as a self-published author.

Here are some of the cold, hard truths about self-publishing.

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Myths about self-publishing

Think you know what it means to self-publish? Do you have a preconception in your mind about the ‘standard’ of a self published book or book cover, the ‘quality’ of the writing, or the credibility of the author?

In this day and age, lots of the things you already think you know about self-publishing are actually unwarranted.

Many people have a gut reaction when they hear about self-publishing. They think it’s somehow traditional publishing’s ‘poor relation’. That it’s what you do if you can’t get an agent, or your work isn’t good enough to entice a traditional publisher into backing you.

But this simply isn’t true any more.

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Is one book enough?

One thing we frequently discuss with aspiring authors is whether it’s possible to build a reputation, and a successful writing career, with just one book.

The simple answer is, no. To be recognised as an author, you really need to have the weight of several books in your repertoire, but really the discussion is about whether you can launch a writing career with just one book under your belt.

There are arguments for both sides. Let’s be honest, it’s a struggle to get your first book out into the world. Not just the mammoth effort of actually writing the words, but the huge learning curve to navigate editing, formatting, cover design options and self publishing platforms. Not to mention the post-publication marketing efforts to actually produce any sales.

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My writing… has taught me to take risks and not be afraid to make mistakes

Author Q&A with Dee Dee Chumley

With a career spent as a high-school English teacher, Dee Dee Chumley first channelled her creative ideas as part of a friend’s writing group.

Her other talents have included teaching girls’ softball, and even a spot of bus driving!

Dee Dee has received numerous awards for her short stories, essays, and poems, and in 2012 her debut novel Beyond the Farthest Star won Best Juvenile Book from the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc.

We were lucky enough to have Dee Dee answer some questions for us, and share her thoughts on writing and self-publishing.

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All about ISBNs

One of the stumbling blocks for the self-published author is the question of ISBN numbers.

Lots of authors come to us struggling to get their heads around what’s required:

    • What’s an ISBN?

 

    • Do I need one?

 

    • How do I get one?

 

  • Where from?

So we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions about ISBNs, and some answers to help you.

ISBN questions

 

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5 Essential Things to Get in Order Before Self-Publishing Your Book

I’m baking a cake tonight.

Last night I made a list of the ingredients I’ll need, checked I had the right baking tins and got my piping bags ready.

I wouldn’t start cracking the eggs in the bowl tonight without having done the preparation. If I did, I’d end up with a cake that’s flat, dry, and disappointing.

Self-publishing is a bit like this.

Ducks In A Row

There are a few things you need to have in order before you start. Get your ducks in a row before you take the plunge into self-publishing, and you’ll find the whole process much easier to navigate.

Keep reading to find out 5 essential things you should have thought about before self-publishing your book.

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