Category Archives: Publishing a Book

Tips and advice on self publishing a book.

How To Self Publish a Book

Here are the basics of how to self publish a book: 1.  Write your manuscript You need to write your novel, how-to-book, short stories, memoir, or poetry in a single electronic manuscript, preferably in Microsoft Word.  Gone are the days when writers wrote on typewriters or wrote out their stories in longhand.  If you have your manuscript on a typewriter or written out in longhand you will need to find someone who can input the manuscript into a MS Word document or other electronic format. Read More +

Editing Your Self Published Book

WHY EDITURZ ARR KNEADED By Rick Helley, Guest Blogger and Senior Editor at Bookstand Publishing I came across this rather amusing item on page 12 of the May 7, 2010, issue of The Week magazine: An Australian publisher has destroyed 7,000 copies of a cookbook after a recipe called for “salt and freshly ground black people.” The recipe, for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto, was meant to call for black pepper, but a typo led a computer spell-checker program to insert the erroneous word. During Read More +

Finding a Good Self Publishing Company

Here are 7 rules for any author shopping for a good self publishing company: 1.  You want to keep 100% of your rights Any self publishing company that does not allow you to keep 100% of your author rights is not a legitimate company, in my opinion, and you should avoid them at all costs 2.  You want a non-exclusive contract You don’t want to work with a company that restricts your rights and who you can work with.  You want someone who is trying Read More +

Guidelines on Using Photos in Your Self Published Book

Photographs and images in your book can help you tell your story and add interest, clarity and excitement to your book. A powerful image on the cover of your book, can do a lot to help sell your book. However, the laws and regulations for when you can and can’t use a photograph in your book can be confusing and, if you aren’t careful, can get you in trouble.   Here are some simple guidelines to help end the confusion and keep you out of trouble. Read More +

When Do I Need to Get Permissions?

Here are the essential self-publishing guidelines for getting permissions that every author needs to know: Quotes from published books Generally you need to get permission if you quote, in total, more than 100 words from a published book.  Less than 100 words is usually considered fair use for which you don’t have to have permission. Quotes from periodicals Generally, you need to get permission if you quote, in total, 50 words or more from a magazine or journal.  Less than 50 words is usually considered Read More +

Social Media for Self-Published Authors

Here are the most important Social Media sites for self-published authors: 1. Facebook Facebook is a must for all authors. Facebook is the largest social media network in the world, with more than over 845 million active users. It allows you to connect with people who share your interests on a personal level and it is free to join. If you haven’t already, you should read my posts Facebook for Authors – Part I and Facebook for Authors – Part II. 2. Goodreads Goodreads is Read More +

The Best Contests for Self-Published Authors

Book contests offer extra exposure, recognition, and the chance to claim “award-winning” during your marketing efforts  as well as the chance to win cash and prizes.  Here are the Book Contests I recommend for Self-Published Authors: _________________________________   Benjamin Franklin Awards The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which includes fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in both editorial and design, is regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing. $190 for first title, which includes one year’s membership in IBPA; $90 per title, Read More +

Tips To Promote Your Self-Published Book on Amazon

Once your self-published book is published and available on Amazon, here are some simple, yet very effective, things you can do to promote your book on Amazon. 1.       Get customer reviews You need to have customer reviews for your book on Amazon.  Reviews establish that your self-published book is credible and enjoyed by someone besides the author.  If you don’t have any reviews on Amazon, it is unlikely that anyone will purchase your book from Amazon. Get family members and friends to write reviews for Read More +

Famous Authors Who Have Self Published

If you are thinking about self-publishing your book, you’re in good company. This is but a very small list, as thousands of famous writers have successfully self-published including: Edgar Rice Burroughs Zane Grey Rudyard Kipling DH Lawrence Gertrude Stein Virginia Woolf The Shack by William Young has sold 12 to 15 million copies since the book was originally self-published in May 2007. Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About is a self-published book by Kevin Trudeau and has sold over six million copies. The Read More +