Harnessing the Power of TikTok: From Self-Published to Traditionally Published Author
How one author leveraged a sizable social media platform to breathe new life into a self-published book.
The Key Elements of Eye-Catching Book Cover Design
In an excerpt from her new book on cover design, Jessica Bell offers tips regarding how to utilize space and color for maximum effect.
The Short-Run Printing Option: Pros and Cons
There are three main ways to create printed copies of your book. Which one you choose depends on your budget and goals.
Book Printing 101: What You Need to Know Before Approaching a Printer
Choosing the right materials for your printed book affects not just its appearance but how a potential customer perceives its value.
How to Format Your Manuscript for a Designer or Publisher
When your ms is complete, it's time to think about semantic structure—a digital map that allows computers to identify the parts of your book.
How to Make Six Figures Self-Publishing Children’s Books
One successful self-publishing author discusses the importance of multiple formats, licensing, thinking like a publisher, and much more.
Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book
This is an introductory guide to the major self-publishing options available to authors today, and how to choose the right service for you.
The Value of Book Distribution Is Often Misunderstood by Authors
Any self-publishing author can easily make a book available to Amazon, bookstores, libraries, etc. But availability doesn't mean visibility.
11 Signs You’re Ready to Self-Publish
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.
A Beginner’s Guide to Amazon Pre-Orders
Ebook pre-orders can be a great tool for KDP authors, but it might not be right for everyone—especially those without an established audience.
How to Put Together an Indie Author Anthology
Because an anthology includes many authors, it can connect to the fan bases of all those authors and ultimately be greater than the sum of its parts.
Why Self-Publishing Authors Should Consider Establishing Their Own Imprint
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.
How Traditionally Published Authors Can Repackage and Self-Publish Their Backlist
A checklist for repackaging and republishing your own backlist after you get rights reverted from your traditional publisher.
The Rewards and Challenges of Self-Publishing Children’s Books: Q&A with Four Authors
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.
The 13 Most Common Self-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid
For every new venture, there is a learning curve. When it comes to self-publishing your book, however, that curve can be steep.
How to Self-Publish in France
More books are translated in France than in any other country: 1 out of every 6 books has been translated from a foreign language, many from English.
3 Reasons Why You Might Not Want a Hybrid Publisher
I would never tell someone to publish with a hybrid publisher—every writer's goals are unique, plus hybrid publishing puts the financial risk on the author.
Self-Publishing a Debut Literary Novel: The Actions, The Costs, The Results
A self-published author breaks down her expenses and resulting sales after promoting on social media and email, paying for reviews, advertising, and more.
How to Land an Agent for a Self-Published Book
If you've given up on the self-publishing route and want to try traditional publishing, then there are several approaches you can take to interest agents.
How to Publish an Ebook: Resources for Authors
In this post I regularly update the best resources I know of related to learning to publish an ebook, finding the right distributors and services, and staying on top of changes in the industry.
How to Get Your Book Distributed: What Self-Published Authors Need to Know
The most important thing any author needs to know about book distribution is that more than half of all book sales (regardless of format) take place online.
Is Amazon Exclusivity Right for You?
There are advantages to selling ebooks only through Amazon, and makes most sense for authors who are just starting out or who are relatively unknown.
Using Amazon KDP Ads to Sell Your Ebook on Amazon
Amazon offers two ways for authors to advertise ebooks at their site. Learn how to smartly set up and manage product display and sponsored product ads.
A Self-Published Poet’s Path to Her First Book Deal
How a self-publishing poet achieved visibility for her book—and landed a book deal with traditional publisher Andrews McMeel.
Choosing Between Traditional and Indie Publishing
This week, I was a guest on the Create If Writing podcast, discussing traditional and independent publishing.
My New Series of Columns on Self-Publishing
I'm writing monthly for the IngramSpark blog, which is focused on the concerns of self-publishing authors and small presses.
Should You Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish?
Should you self-publish? There is no single right answer to this question—it's always situational. It depends on you, your book, and your career goals. This post outlines the key questions you should ask.
The Self-Publishing Checklist: Editorial, Production, and Distribution
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.
The Value of Agent-Assisted Self-Publishing
Read my feature article for Writer's Digest magazine that explores the intersection of literary agents and self-publishing
Self-Publishing Beyond the Book: Serializing, Podcasting, and Merchandising
How an indie author turned a story concept into a full-fledged multimedia universe, including a live blog, illustrated journal, merchandise, and podcast.
Is Self-Publishing a Viable Option for Literary Fiction Writers?
Should literary writers consider self-publishing? How it might affect their long-term careers? Two agents weigh in.
Is Self-Publishing a Good Springboard to Traditional Pub?
Learn about the likelihood of securing a traditional book deal after self-publishing.
The Business of Self-Publishing Children’s Picture Books: Two Literary Agents Weigh In
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.
Self-Publishing: Is It the Most Important Conversation for Traditional Publishers?
Is it possible that all the changes happening in publishing can be encapsulated by a conversation about self-publishing?
Agent-Assisted Self-Publishing and the Amazon White Glove Program
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.
Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing: Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds
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
Commodity Publishing, Self-Publishing, and The Future of Fiction
Many years ago, when I started working for Writer’s Digest, I was put on the self-publishing beat. I started by
Getting a Traditional Book Deal After Self-Publishing
Today's guest post is by Judy L. Mandel, author of the Replacement Child, forthcoming from Seal Press in March 2013.
Why Self-Publishing Is a Tragic Term
Today's guest post is by Ed Cyzewski. You may recall him from his previous post here, When Self-Publishing Is More
Video: Changes in Publishing & Self-Publishing
Some of you may have heard about the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a new organization supporting self-published authors. I'm
When Self-Publishing Is More Useful As a Marketing Tool
The turning point of my long-term publishing plans came when I realized I have very little in common with author