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.
How to Turn a Microsoft Word Document Into an Ebook (EPUB)
Word doesn't export to EPUB, but you can still produce an editable file quickly, without buying software or using a "meatgrinder" conversion.
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 Kindle Press Made My Novel a Bestseller
In 2015, Kindle Press published about 90 novels. By the end of 2016, it had published a total of 218 books—all chosen through the Kindle Scout program.
Q&A with Pronoun: An Increasingly Competitive Ebook Distributor
Pronoun works with independent authors to distribute their ebooks to the five major online retailers: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google Play. Pronoun charges authors nothing upfront, and doesn't take a cut of ebook sales either.
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.
How Self-Published Authors Can Distribute to Libraries
Journalist and consultant Porter Anderson explains the new SELF-e program from Library Journal for getting self-published ebooks into American libraries.
How to Self-Publish Children’s Books Successfully: Notes From the Trenches
A traditionally published children's author discusses how she's launched a successful indie publishing effort in less than two years.
The Strategic Use of Book Giveaways and How They Can Increase Earnings Potential
Giving away your work isn't a problem if you've developed a strategy around it, and know how to turn new readers into fans.
How to Use NoiseTrade Books as a Strategic Marketing Tool
Note from Jane: I am very grateful to Ed Cyzewski (@edcyzewski) for today's guest post, where he shares valuable insights
How Much Does Author Platform Impact Sales?
Is it possible to successfully publish and sell your e-books—without a platform—as long as you choose the right genre?
The Importance of Your Book Cover: Achieving the Right Fit
Note from Jane: The following post is the first in a series that will offer tips and advice from successful
Amazon KDP Select: Is It Worthwhile for Authors?
Should authors take advantage of the Amazon KDP Select program? A comprehensive discussion of who the program is well-suited for, plus best strategies.
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.
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.
Plympton: A New Effort to Produce Successful Serial Fiction
In the past year, I've run two posts specifically related to serial fiction—a guest post by Roz Morris and a
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
The Best E-Publishing Resources
Here's a list of what I consider to be the most trusted resources on e-books and e-publishing. If you think
The Basics of DIY E-Book Publishing
In the latest issue of Writer's Digest to hit the newsstands (May/June 2012), you'll find my feature article on "The
Groundbreaking Tools for Creating E-Books
In my latest e-newsletter over the weekend, I shared three new tools for creating e-books. If you missed it, then you can
10 Questions to Ask Before Committing to Any E-Publishing Service
Last updated in January 2019 With new services continually appearing on the market that promise to help writers self-publish or distribute their
E-Book Statistics For Authors to Watch
This weekend, I'll be speaking at the Writer's Digest Conference about e-publishing. I'm in the process of updating my slides
Do You Hold E-Rights to Your Traditionally Published Book?
I recently received this very challenging question and scenario from traditionally published author Dr. Liz Alexander. I have an issue
My Best Advice for Writers From 2011
Last week I shared 12 Must-Read Articles From 2011. Now I'm going to share a list of the best advice
Serial Fiction: An Old Form Made New
Yesterday, my feature article for Publishing Perspectives went live: Experimenting With Serials for Fun and Profit Here's a little excerpt:
12 Must-Read Articles From 2011
Here are the most brilliant online articles I read this past year. You may not agree with the arguments you'll
How We May Read
Today's guest post is by Brad King, a professor at Ball State with a brilliant mind for emerging media and
Turn Your WordPress Blog Into a Book
I've written about this tool before, but so few people know about it—and it's so incredibly useful!—that it's worth mentioning
When’s the Right Time to Leave Your Big Six Publisher?
I received the following question from published author Lisa Earle McLeod—who I remember first meeting at a Foothills Writers Guild
How to Sell Low-Cost Subscriptions to Short Stories
I received the following question from Gail McConnon: Re: Question on Serializing a Short Story Collection through a Paid Subscription
Do-It-Yourself vs. Professional Help
Yesterday was my regular contribution to Writer Unboxed. I discussed how some independent authors are putting their work out there with
3 Indispensable Software Tools for Writers
This past Sunday, I sent out the latest issue of my e-newsletter, Electric Speed. It featured 3 indispensable software tools
The Evolving Model of the Entrepreneurial Novelist
It's pleasure to bring you this insightful Q&A with writer Sean Platt. As his own website states, Sean Platt writes
3 Keys to Sustainable & Successful Indie Authorship
Note from Jane: I don't usually run posts that feature or promote a single service or solution. Authors need to
Should You Serialize a Novel on Kindle?
Today's guest post is by Roz Morris. Last month I released my literary novel as four episodes on Kindle: 100,000
3 Tips for Professional E-Book Covers
Today's guest post is from Biba Pearce at Your Novel Online. An e-book cover has an important job to do. Not
E-Book Marketing 101
In case you missed it, my monthly column at Writer Unboxed was posted yesterday: A Checklist for Marketing Your E-Book.
Using an Agent to Get on Kindle
I've been keeping an eye on John Carpenter and his book project ever since we first started having conversations on
5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing
The e-book publishing landscape is changing fast—with new services, new terms, and new formats. Despite the pace of change, here