What information should you include in your title page and your copyright page? Can books sometimes have two title pages? How do you know what to put on your copyright page? Does your book need a disclaimer? If so, how do you know what to write for that section? Watch today's video lesson on the title and copyright page for answers to these questions and more ;).
Did you know that there are roughly 23 different parts and pieces that you can put into your book? In this first video of the new online mini-course, we'll cover the different basic elements of a book and some smart ideas about how to use certain sections to sell more books. Watch the introduction to this mini-course now ;).
These days, there are a wide variety of self-publishing platforms you can choose from, which can seem overwhelming at first if you're not familiar with them yet. If you're trying to figure out which self-publishing platform(s) might be right for you and your books (or, like me, trying to decide whether to re-publish to be non-exclusive to Amazon), there are things you should take into consideration about each one while making your decision.
If you've ever looked into self-publishing your own books, you probably realized very quickly that there's a lot more to it than what it sounds like. That initial realization can send even the smartest and toughest authors into analysis paralysis and a general feeling of overwhelm.
Fortunately, there are lots and lots of resources online for learning everything you need to know, the No Bull Blog included ;).
To make sure I focus exactly on your needs, I thought it would be a good idea to ask you seasoned self-pubbers out there:
What aspects of the self-publishing process drive you batshit crazy? Email me or leave a comment on this post =).
Read on to learn about some of my most frustrating experiences in self-publishing.
If you're doing your research on self-publishing, you're probably wondering how many different formats of your book you need to make available, how many are realistic (especially if you're a one-person operation), and which ones are worth the investment for services. In today's post, I'll go over why a hardcover is optional but an audiobook not so much, and how to accomplish self-publishing both on a budget.
It's true; some formats are easier to self-publish in than others, often largely due to the self-publishing platform you choose to use. So, where should you start? KDP? Lulu? CreateSpace? Blurb? LightningSource? Nook Press? Ingram Spark? Smashwords? Though I'm continuously trying out new things and try to remain open to re-trying things later on as well, I definitely have my favorite methods, which I will share with you here.
This is a topic that I have become incredibly interested in lately, especially because it seems like having been exclusive to Amazon actually hurt my potential sales as an "unknown" author instead of helping. However, the CS and KDP platforms are so familiar and easy to use that I find myself not looking forward to the idea of making my books available through multiple other platforms, especially since I find the benefits pretty nifty. Of course I will do it anyway, simply because I need to see for myself whether it will improve sales and readership or not, but it's still going to be a major undertaking that will require me to learn a few new things... or, in most cases, re-learn a few things. Wanna join me? ;)
You may be wondering if that's even possible... or allowed. Disagreeing with your editor? Hm. Well, yes... you may, in fact, disagree with your editor if there are no set-in-stone rules about the particular instance in question. In many cases, there are two or more different ways of writing something correctly, and sometimes one is just considered more formal than the other. No matter what the case, the way in which you present your opinion to your editor is often more important than whatever is going on in your manuscript.
Some thoughts & observations on taking pride in your work as an independent author. You can read a full article on this topic in a previous blog post. These are just some thoughts & observations from my time being an editor, self-publishing consultant, and contractor. I hope you find it useful =).
If you've written a book (or anything else for that matter - let's travel back to English class for a few, shall we?), you've probably gotten at least a little bit familiar with the idea of working with an editor. Not yet? Hey, that's okay, too. No matter where you find yourself today, these seven tips will help you to make the most of your time with your editor, which in turn will make your book its absolute best.
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