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Self-Publishing Basics

Posted: March 22nd, 2012, 11:05 am
by dgaughran
To counter some of the misinformation about how “difficult” or “expensive” self-publishing is, and to try and keep writers from the clutches of disreputable, incompetent, and/or overpriced self-publishing “services” I’ve put together a short 3,500 word primer on self-publishing basics. Obviously, this won’t cover every topic exhaustively, but it should give new writers a good starting point, and there are plenty of links for further reading.

It's also available for download as a short (free) PDF so people can copy, print, or share.

Re: Self-Publishing Basics

Posted: March 22nd, 2012, 2:21 pm
by Ryan
Good stuff David. There have been a number of posts with the blanket question, "How do I self-publish?"

It's not something that can be answered with a one-liner or a single post unless you say.....Dedication.

Just got an iPad and looking forward to downloading some of your stuff.

Re: Self-Publishing Basics

Posted: March 23rd, 2012, 10:10 pm
by dgaughran
I certainly think the right attitude is essential. You can't fob readers off with sub-standard work, you must only publish your best. And you must present your work in the most professional manner you can to give yourself the best shot. For me, that means professional editing, cover design, either learning how to format (properly), or hiring someone, an enticing blurb, and, of course, a good book. It's possible to succeed without some or even perhaps all of these things, but you give yourself a far, far greater chance of selling books if you do all the right things.

Patience is important too. You can do all the right things and you mightn't get a break until your second, third, fourth book. It's not easy, but it's very enjoyable.

Re: Self-Publishing Basics

Posted: March 24th, 2012, 3:59 pm
by Mira
This is so cool of you, David. :D

Re: Self-Publishing Basics

Posted: April 20th, 2012, 5:55 pm
by SylviaB
This is so great, David. I'm in the very begining stages of the process so this is perfect timing for me! Thanks for sharing. I'll definately be spending some time on your blog :)

Re: Self-Publishing Basics

Posted: June 24th, 2012, 6:10 am
by ebook-translations
Fantastic work David, I will share this with some clients that keep asking us questions and can find the perfect answers in your texts. Keep on rocking! Best regards, Juergen.