The Publishing Quadrant outlines the main 4 options for authors and the articles below expand on the topics in more detail. I happily publish in 3 out of 4 quadrants at the moment, but I may also pursue Traditional Publishing for my novels in progress. I believe the writing life is about Adventures in Publishing, so experiencing them all is the key!
Then read How to publish a book 101
Then click on the links below to get more articles, audio and information about the topics.
Self-Publishing, or Independent (Indie) Publishing
Self-publishing means doing the work of the publisher yourself, including cover design, typesetting, organising printing and distribution. You can also work with partners who help you do this so you play a management role in getting it done. There are companies who will help you for a price but beware of paying too much money. You can also use freelancers (which is what I do!)
Check out Print on demand and Digital Publishing below for how to combine with self-publishing to get your book out there for the least amount of financial outlay.
**Overview of How To Publish Your Book** Includes self-publishing, print on demand, ebooks and more as I go through the options for a coach approaching her first book.
Choosing a company to self-publish with. Please be careful about this and check out the company at Preditors & Editors listing which reports on all the scams and companies that will rip you off. Personally, I would recommend Amazon’s own Createspace, LightningSource, Blurb and Lulu.
How self-publishing can lead to a real book deal (Alan Rinzler, publishing veteran)
Amazon and CreateSpace vs Lightning Source – how things have changed and what you can do about it (Aaron Shepard, author of POD to Profit)
Self Publishing: Your Questions Answered with April Hamilton, author of “The Indie Author Guide” (audio with transcript)
Self Publishing and Book Marketing Tips with Dan Poynter, of Para Publishing (audio with transcript)
You should self-publish (JA Konrath who makes a fulltime living from ebook sales)
If you want to get started right now and learn secrets from behind the scenes, check out ProWriter Secrets of Independent Publishing. This multimedia course will give you everything you need to know about creating a successful self-published print and ebook, produced by myself and NY Times bestselling author CJ Lyons, for only US$99.
Print on Demand
Print on demand is when you load a digital file of your book to a site like Lightning Source, Lulu or CreateSpace and create a sales page for your book on Amazon.com and other online retailers. Then when a customer buys a book, it is printed and sent after the order is made. So you print AFTER the order, NOT in advance. This has revolutionized publishing, especially for indie authors. This information seriously changed my life!
Sept 2011 – Amazon have changed the way they deal with other print on demand providers EXCEPT their own CreateSpace. Read this article from TheBookDesigner.com
Digital/ Ebook Publishing
Ebooks are all over the publishing news and now anyone can publish on the Kindle or the iPad for free. Here’s how you can too.
Smashwords vs Bookbaby – which is better for self-publishers? from the Alliance of Independent Authors blog
Is KDP Select Salvation or Damnation for Authors? – Carolyn McCray on Publishing Perspectives
Simple Steps to a successful Amazon KDP Select promotion - from M. Louisa Locke
EBook Publishing Inspiration with Mark Coker for Smashwords (audio and video)
Ebooks Q&A with Joshua Tallent from EbookArchitects (audio with transcript)
Publish your ebook with Smashwords – which will get your ebook onto the iPhone, the iPad, the Kindle and other e-readers in multiple formats, all for free.
The goal of many first time authors is to get an agent, get a massive advance and become a rich, famous author! Or at least to see their book on the bookshelves. Obviously you need to write a book first, but then there is a process you need to know about in order to maximize your chances of success. These articles are a good place to start.
Killing the sacred cows of publishing with Dean Wesley Smith (audio + video)
Many people are still interested in a book deal with a NY or London publisher, but there are many hurdles to overcome as well as a lot of myths that surround the industry.
In this course, I interview CJ Lyons, NY Times bestselling author, about traditional publishing, covering everything from finding an agent, pitching, how the publishing process works, how the money works, the pros and cons, details of contracts and what to watch out for as well as the biggest mistakes people make.
CJ leads you through her own successful pitches to agents and shares personal details of her transition from ER doctor to bestselling author and pro-writer. She also covers what happens after the call and how the reality of being a published author works.
This is a multi-media self-study course with over 3.5 hours or video, 4 hours of audio and 50 pages of text information. It is aimed primarily at fiction authors.
Click here to read the full details of the course, or click right to buy now for US$49=>
In these fantastic ebooks, author and former publisher and literary agent Michael Hyatt goes through the steps you need to create a winning book proposal based on many years of experience at Thomas Nelson, a huge publisher.
Click here to read more about his Winning Book Proposal ebooks (yes, I am an affiliate because they’re great!)
Another product on book proposals is Danielle La Porte’s Big Beautiful Book Plan which is a full multi-media course and much more extensive – but also more pricey at US$150.
Danielle has had several big book deals herself but the course also includes the proposals from Tim Ferriss 4 Hour Body, Educating Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg and more. It also includes information for fiction authors.
I am a huge fan of Danielle’s work, so check out all the details here: Click for info on Your Big Beautiful Book Plan