It’s hard work and there’s no magic formula to boost sales, but you’ll also find a passionate audience and a strong sense of accomplishment.
Imprints aren’t just for big publishers; any self-publishing author can invent an imprint under which to operate. In this guest post, consultant and author David Wogahn explains the many ways that an imprint can help your branding and marketing.
A Q&A on children’s self-publishing with authors Zetta Elliott, who has released several books under her own imprint, including picture books; Brent Hartinger, who self-published a young adult series and a new adult series; Cheryl Klein, the author of a self-published a work of nonfiction; and Stephen Mooser, who released a middle grade book on his own.
For every new venture, there is a learning curve. When it comes to self-publishing your book, however, that curve can be steep.
A self-published author breaks down her expenses and resulting sales after promoting on social media and email, paying for reviews, advertising, and more.
I’m writing monthly for the IngramSpark blog, which is focused on the concerns of self-publishing authors and small presses.
This printable and interactive checklist guides your self-publishing project to completion, to ensure you don’t miss any important steps and to help you hit your target pub date.
Read my feature article for Writer’s Digest magazine that explores the intersection of literary agents and self-publishing
How an indie author turned a story concept into a full-fledged multimedia universe, including a live blog, illustrated journal, merchandise, and podcast.
Should literary writers consider self-publishing? How it might affect their long-term careers? Two agents weigh in.
Learn about the likelihood of securing a traditional book deal after self-publishing.
Two literary agents offer their thoughts on the self-publishing of children’s books and what the future of the picture book might look like.
Is it possible that all the changes happening in publishing can be encapsulated by a conversation about self-publishing?
There are no “rules” for agent-assisted self-publishing, but the biggest drawbacks are usually loss of control and loss of royalties. All authors should negotiate a contract beforehand that protects their rights and lifetime earnings.
CJ Lyons (@cjlyonswriter) is an award-winning, critically acclaimed New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She practiced pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine for 17 years before scoring her first big book deal, after which she quit her job and decided to become a full-time author. However, a few weeks before her first book was to be published, it was pulled for reasons […]
Many years ago, when I started working for Writer’s Digest, I was put on the self-publishing beat. I started by reading Dan Poynter’s guide, by the godfather of self-publishing, then the Marilyn Ross guide. I attended EPIC, once the leading conference for e-book authors, and sat on a panel with Piers Anthony to discuss the […]
Today’s guest post is by Judy L. Mandel, author of the Replacement Child, forthcoming from Seal Press in March 2013. I asked her to tell the story of self-publishing her memoir, which ultimately led to a traditional book deal from Seal. Most authors don’t give any credence to luck, but they lie. Luck has so […]
Today’s guest post is by Ed Cyzewski. You may recall him from his previous post here, When Self-Publishing Is More Useful as a Marketing Tool. My friend Shawn recently released a book that shares his journey into full-time writing. It involves a failed small business, $50,000 in debt, a difficult return to his parents’ basement, […]
Some of you may have heard about the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a new organization supporting self-published authors. I’m one of the advisors, along with Mark Coker (Smashwords), Joanna Penn (Creative Penn), and Victoria Strauss (SFWA), among other well-known publishing professionals. I discuss reasons for moving to VQR, changes in publishing and self-publishing and […]
The turning point of my long-term publishing plans came when I realized I have very little in common with author Joanna Penn. Have you heard of her? I started following Joanna on Twitter because she always shared great writing links, but I also began to follow her self-publishing story. She wrote a novel, released it […]
Hybrid publishing is like hiring a contractor: You pay them to oversee the design and construction and, when it’s done, you own the result.
Before you begin writing your book or proposal, you can send me your concept for review, and I’ll offer written feedback via email. This can potentially save you time and frustration—so that you don’t develop a book proposal for a concept that’s not likely to be viable or salable. You pay upfront for this service […]
When do you decide that it’s time to pursue Plan B? Taking stock of these considerations will bring you that much closer to knowing.
Jane is temporarily closed to general consulting appointments. I consult one-on-one with authors, small businesses, and publishers. So does my business partner and husband, Mark Griffin. Combined, we have 40 years of experience in the publishing industry. (In fact, we first met through our jobs in publishing!) If you have questions about traditional publishing, self-publishing, […]
Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? This infographic will help you determine the best choice for you and your project.
Literary agents Priya Doraswamy and Carly Watters discuss foreign rights, translation logistics, a book’s chances abroad, and much more.
The horror author shares what scares him, the authors who taught him the most about the genre, crowdfunding, trigger warnings, and more.
Book publishing faces a very tight printing market at the same time that sales have increased to levels not seen for ten years.
If you need to request permissions from an author or publisher, here are general guidelines, plus a sample letter you can customize.
This class is now over and is unavailable for purchase. Sign up to receive announcements about upcoming classes. Learn how to stay out of legal trouble when using other people’s work Is it OK to use that song lyric in your memoir or novel? Will that one line really get you into trouble? What about chapter […]
This class is now over and is unavailable for purchase. Sign up to receive announcements about upcoming classes. Learn how to efficiently research and assemble a quality list of agents and publishers who are right for your book. You have a polished manuscript or book proposal, and you’re ready to start pitching agents and publishers. But […]
When you’re starting out as a freelancer, it can be tempting to say yes to every project. But, as in writing, the key to success is often to go narrow.
Editorial reviews are one of the most underrated tools in a self-publishing author’s arsenal. Learn what they are and how to manage them.
Learn to develop the right strategies and tactics for book marketing that fit your path to publication, your personality, and your resources Whether you’re traditionally published or self-published, every author must give some thought to book marketing. But given how fast tools and techniques change, and how hard it is to attract attention (especially during […]
In this Q&A, agents Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel and Leslie Zampetti tackle the complications of authorship and literary citizenship in the pandemic age.
“It takes guts to be gentle and kind.” —The Smiths About Jane Friedman (quickly) Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and […]
In this interview, she discusses writing to trends, the limits of writing what you know, taking the time to discover your identity as an author, and more.
This class is now over and is unavailable for purchase. Sign up to receive announcements about upcoming classes. Learn how to develop a diverse mix of revenue streams and future-proof your earnings If you want your writing to produce a consistent living wage, then it’s necessary to consider the business model that will support you—and how […]
This class is now over and is unavailable for purchase. Sign up to receive announcements about upcoming classes. How writers can maximize revenue and relevance Short fiction is enjoying a market resurgence and provides opportunities that can benefit you again and again over the long term of your career. It builds your author brand, grows […]
A book publishing–focused newsfeed gathers headlines from across the industry; it is free to all and continuously updated and maintained by Jane Friedman.
The query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. The query letter is so much of a sales piece that it’s quite possible to write one without having written a word of the manuscript. All it requires is a firm grasp of your story premise.
Sorry, this class has ended and the recording is only available to registrants. If you’d like to know when this class is offered again, sign up here. Learn to navigate the service landscape and avoid spending what you can’t earn back Many thousands of authors self-publish every year, often with the help of a publishing […]
In this interview, she discusses discovering writing in mid-life, how she knew when her writing was ready, why she opted to self-publish, and much more.
Obtaining readers for your book is hard enough. Once you have their attention, how do you make the most of it? Dave Chesson suggests “reader magnets”—incentives that turn strangers into subscribers.
In this Q&A, Anna Schmidt discusses how she became a romance novelist, the nearly accidental way she acquired her current literary agent, her journey from successful romance novelist to self-published literary novelist, and more.
Libraries represent a valuable opportunity for a book discoverability and sales, but librarians may not know your book exists without marketing outreach.
In late July, I’ll be returning to my home state of Indiana to offer two workshops: one for beginning writers and another for published authors.
The Indie Author Project identifies the best self-published fiction by state; thirteen states participate so far. This year’s national winner is Ran Walker.
Amazon has updated its advertising tools for authors, with mixed results. Kindlepreneur’s Dave Chesson breaks down the pros and cons of the new advertising modes, improved dashboard, and better ad targeting in Amazon Ads.