Category: Publishing

DIY Publish Your Paperback

DIY Publish Your Paperback

It’s easy to take paperback publishing for granted. We’ve had the opportunity for years and there’s a number of different options and possibilities. The great thing about it, though, is with the ability to make your book available to the major book distributors, the only difference between you and a traditional publisher is your level of professionalism. And while paperback publishing is fairly simple, taking the time to get the details right and you’ll have a beautiful, professional book in the end. Account Like ebook publishing, the first step is to set up an account with the distributors you want to use. Nook Press will make it available at Barnes […]

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DIY Publish Your EBook

DIY Publish Your EBook

When it comes to the “publishing” in DIY Publishing, the hard part is everything that you’ve done thus far. Now that you’ve got all the pieces in place, the final step is basically clicking a button. Ok, a little more than clicking a button. But you’re to rock ebook publishing in no time. Accounts The first step to publishing your book is to set up an account with every distributor you want to use. Whether you use each of these distributors, use only some of them or go with KDP Select is a whole other conversation. For now, here are the links you can use or not at your discretion. […]

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DIY – Format that book

DIY – Format that book

When most people think about DIY publishing, formatting the ebook is possibly the biggest void they’re unsure how to tread. And I struggled with how to provide the important information in this step and keep it from being the most boring post ever. So, if you’re in the process of DIY Publishing, read on. If not, enjoy the first chapter of the Tattered Heart audiobook. Interior Design Chapter Divisions If you don’t already have it, you want a manual page break at the end of each chapter and each section. Then you’ll need to decide how you want your chapter openings. Do chapters have a title? Or is it just […]

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#AmCurrently 8.16

#AmCurrently 8.16

I’ve barely turned on my computer all last week. At some point (Mon or Tues) I decided I wanted to find the blog I read years ago with all the contract details, publishing insight and overall exceptional information. I had to look through some old notes too find a link but I made my way back to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Blog. #AmRecommending I kid you not, it’s a Masters class in publishing. The kind you get from an internship instead of a university because it’s filled with hard truths, detailed info and the personal, real world experience of someone who has walked in pretty much every part of the business. […]

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DIY Book Front Matter and Back Matter

DIY Book Front Matter and Back Matter

You’ve got your manuscript in top shape, but there’s more to a book than the story when your publishing it yourself. While you may have never heard of book front matter or back matter (who decided on “matter” anyway) they’re the first step to turn your hard work into a professional book. This is where you lay aside the author in you and dig into the business of your book by adding the following sections before and after your narrative. Quick formatting note before be we begin – include a manual page break at the end of each section. It’ll save you a step when we get to fully formatting […]

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DIY Book Cover

DIY Book Cover

We all know we judge books by their covers. Browsing through Goodreads, skimming over ebooks, drifting through the library… a good cover makes you want to read the synopsis; can convince you a book might be more interesting than it sounds. When you’ve got a rockin’ novel, you want to rock that book cover too! Covers are a different beast, though. Having written a novel you probably used Word or some variation thereof. So most authors can figure out how to format their ebook and paperback; how to write their synopsis and bio. Creating a book cover doesn’t involve words or writing or formatting. Covers are the most likely area […]

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DIY Synopsis and Bio

DIY Synopsis and Bio

The thing that surprised me most as a DIY Publisher are all the things you have to do yourself. Once you realize it, it’s obvious. But it’s so easy to overlook things on the sideline. Like your book synopsis and author bio. Author Bio Author bios are tricky things. First person is more casual and relatable. Third person is more professional. Writing about yourself in the third person can feel odd because you’re taking on the voice of someone else talking about you. I found it best to start with 3 – 5 things to highlight. Do you want to focus on your career? Or education? Interesting hobbies? Do you […]

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DIY Author Branding

DIY Author Branding

Every author needs to think about branding, whether you’re a DIY Publisher, a hybrid author or traditionally published. Because no matter how you’re published, you’re going to work hard for people to discover your book. Consistent author branding makes it easier for people to find you in lots of places, makes it easier for them to recognize you when they do find you and helps build the sort of friendships that are more valuable than any adwords campaign. It’s so important there are hundreds of articles out there with advice, strategies and suggestions but few of them break it down to the nuts and bolts you need to do in […]

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DIY Publishing: Privacy

DIY Publishing: Privacy

So you’ve written a spectacular book and are ready to share it with the world. Rock on. DIY Publishing is all about taking the reins of your career and not waiting for permission to share your art. Hold on for just a moment though. As tempting as it is to hit that shiny Publish button, there’s two important things you need to consider first: Privacy and Branding. Everyone hopes to one day be a best selling author (at least, I think every author hopes for that…). But we all know fame comes with a price. And best selling author or not, when you publish a novel you become, to some […]

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Why DIY publishing

Why DIY publishing

I used to think there were only 2 paths to publication: “Self” Publishing and Traditional Publishing. Then I was looking for some references online for Enchanted Storms and googled “self publishing” and discovered it’s not always defined the way I meant it. Turns out, there’s actually 3 paths to publication: Traditional Publishing, “Self” Publishing and DIY Publishing. Why the distinction between “Self” Publishing and DIY Publishing? You may have noticed I keep putting “Self” publishing in quotes. When I used that term in the past I just meant you were the author of your own destiny. You were the publisher and from start to finish and every step in between, […]

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