Self publishing

A series of blog posts about the process of self publishing.

Self publishing 12: write to market

Self publishing 12: write to market

The idea of writing to market is considered by some to be selling out and so being untrue to your creative spirit. And some people do take it to that extreme, but it doesn't have to be. To my mind what it means to write to market is to write your story being aware of...

Self publishing 11: what’s your goal

Self publishing 11: what’s your goal

Early on in your writing career you need to take some time and really think about why you want to write and publish, as not everyone has the same goals. There's no point comparing yourself to anyone else when you don't understand what you're trying to do or what their...

Self-publishing 10: series v standalone

Self-publishing 10: series v standalone

For the next instalment of my series on self-publishing I'm going to look at the pros and cons of publishing a book as part of a series, or as a standalone title. A series is where there are multiple books that follow the same story, and the main story arc is only...

Self-publishing 9: preorders

Self-publishing 9: preorders

The idea of a preorder is that you set up all the details of your book with the online retailers before your book is available to purchase. This means readers can order the book in advance and you get guaranteed sales on the day you launch it. Amazon has recently...

Self-publishing 8: distributors v direct

Self-publishing 8: distributors v direct

OK, so you want to publish wide, but how do you go about doing that? You have two options: you can set up an account with a distributor, who will then send all your book details to the retailers you select; or you can go direct to each retailer and upload your books...

Self-publishing 7: KDP Select or wide

Self-publishing 7: KDP Select or wide

So you've decided to self-publish, rather than pursue a traditional publishing deal, which means you need to decide where you will publish your books. Now, this is more of a decision than you'd think. The simple answer is that you want to publish them everywhere, in...

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