Self-Publishing Tips

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On this page, I’ll link to various posts I’ve written/compiled on self-publishing for easy reference. For tons of helpful posts/quotes, etc, please check my Self Publishing board on Pinterest here. Much of this information is compiled in my Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.

So You’ve Decided to Self-Publish…The First Steps (Editing, Cover Art, and Blurb)

So You’ve Decided to Self-Publish…The Second Step (Early Readers)

So You’ve Decided to Self-Publish…The Third Step (Building Buzz)

So You’ve Decided to Self-Publish…The Final Steps

Indie Book Marketing–Step One (Editing)

Indie Book Marketing–Step Two (Title, Cover Art, and Blurb)

Indie Book Marketing–Step Three (Early Readers)

Lay the Foundation–Three Crucial Steps Before Self-Publishing (Novel Rocket)

You Gotta Know When to Hold ‘Em: Marketing and Advertising for the Indie Author, Part One (Novel Rocket)

You Gotta Know When to Hold ‘Em: Marketing and Advertising for the Indie Author, Part Two (Novel Rocket)

Cover Art Development for the Indie Author (Novel Rocket)

Book Launch Case Study: Heather Day Gilbert (Christian Editing Services)

Getting the Good out of Goodreads: Six Methods to get your Novel Noticed (Novel Rocket)

The ONE Crucial Self-Publishing Tip You’d Rather Not Hear (Infinite Characters)

Christian Indie Authors’ Sites/Books on Pinterest (Christian Indie Authors)–great resource, organized by genre

Indie Christian Fiction Search–check out the latest covers/blurbs by Christian Indie Authors, and link directly to their books

Permafree as an Indie Marketing Strategy–interview with author Traci Hilton (Novel Rocket)

Author Vlogging How-Tos–with Authors Alton Gansky and Jessica Patch (Novel Rocket)

Indie Author & Audiobook Narrator, Becky Doughty (Novel Rocket)

Indie Christian Fiction Search Site–interview with Author Connie Almony (Novel Rocket)

4 thoughts on “Self-Publishing Tips

    1. Danny, I hear you and understand that. Some indie authors have luck going through Lightning Source publishing (vs CreateSpace, which is the Amazon softcover publisher), to get their books into SOME bookstores. But basically, the largest indie market IS online through e-book retailers like Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, etc. Book signings, donating to libraries, selling via bookstores or museums is another option, but an indie author has to do all the “legwork” in these areas. Basically, we always have to be searching for opportunities to get our books into readers’ hands, be it e-books or softcovers. Thus, marketing is a very integral part of indie publishing.

      Thanks for commenting! Perhaps in the future, more doors will be open to indies as far as bookstores. All the best to you!

  1. So happy to have discovered you! My novel (completed in 2006) has had a similar trajectory to the one you described for God’s Daughters…wonderful editorial reviews from agents and other industry insiders, coupled with skepticism as to its marketability within CBA. I am now toying with the idea of self-publishing, because it really is a book that does not fit neatly into any CBA category. I look forward to reading more of your work!

    1. Julia! A kindred spirit! I truly hope you are able to explore the indie publishing route. It was a great way to get my Viking novel out to the readers who loved that time period, as well as many who weren’t familiar with Viking times but enjoyed learning about them. Lots of work, but well worth it. I wish you all the best and please let me know if there’s any way I can help!

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