An excellent post by Bob Mayer discussing the importance of Author Book Rights and its relationship to self-publishing.
and…for fun…a firebrand of a post over at:
It’s from 2011, but still relevant. Long, but fun and informative.
Writer’s Digest Tutorial”…Learn to be a Saavy Self-Publisher”
Note: Tutorials on Writer’s Digest are by subscription, $25 for one month (you can cancel near the end of that month), $199 for a year ($$ as of 4/28/2013)
There is an intro video at this link Learn to be a Saavy Self-Publisher that runs 5 minutes and covers the 1st of the eight most common causes of self-publishing failure. (I haven’t subscribed yet, but I mean to one of these months)
- How to identify your goals as both an author and publisher, and why this is such a critical first step
- The 8 most common causes of self-publishing failure—and how to avoid making these mistakes
- The 8 traits most successful self-publishers have in common
- The 5 author platform skills every self-publisher should strive to master (so they can sell more books!)
- Types of books and authors for which the indie path is particularly well-suited
- Types of authors and books for which mainstream publication is still the smarter path
- Where to go to find more help and information
HooYeah, get along little doggy! (snapping whip)
Links to posts & articles about publishing/self-publishing.
It’s a link roundup!
I found a bunch of good publishing links this week because, well, I was looking for them!
Charles has a great list of resources on this post.
Neil Gaiman at the London Book Fair:
BoingBoing is awesome, btw.
click the pictures for the next few links:
Forbes Magazine: Self-published authors are control freaks?
Self-Publishing Is For Control Freaks
How Important is ebook Cover Art?
My discussion about self-publishing completes with info from the famous Jane Friedman.
How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors
I have decided, for now :), to self-publish this book when it is time. I really thought that I needed an agent and the traditional path. Certainly the success of other self-published authors has caused me to examine the map more carefully.
I have turned off the main road to take the route toward self-publishing.
Some of the stops I think are along the way:
- First Stop: I need a quality Product
- I need readers and feedback (have some)
- I need an editor (pretty sure I have one)
- I need help with artwork (my wife has a good eye)
- I need layout (I can probably do this part)
- Second Stop: I need a marketing plan
- Who are my target readers
- Why would they want to spend ~8 hours of the life in this book
- etc (I have a couple good templates)
- Third Stop: Distribution/Placement
- Kindle all the way?
- What are my necessary channels?
- Fourth Stop: Promotion
- What unique ways (cheap ways) can I promote the book?
- Fifth Stop: Price
This is a work in progress. I’m trying to follow the 4 p’s of marketing.
As usual for Wednesday, here is a good post on the Pros & Cons of self-publishing
I just joined the selfpublish yahoo group. It was referenced in my last post. The group looks very active and helpful.