My first blog post on this site was about the beginnings of my journey self publishing. For those of you who have the little voice in the back of your mind that someday you’d like to write a book, don’t know where to start, or don’t know which route to go, I’m going to list here some of my favorite resources to date on self publishing.
Must Read Books to get you started:
- Don Poynter’s Self Publishing Manual Vol 2 : This book was recommended to me by one of my favorite children’s authors and it was very useful. It’s really what I used to guide me along the way. It’s a great way to get you started and to dive in to learn the basic ins and outs of self publishing options.
- Secrets to Success in Writing and Self Publishing
There are a zillion books out there on self publishing, but these were my favorites and the ones I go back to frequently to figure out next steps. Highly recommended reading.
Must Read Marketing Books:
Writing your book is actually the easy part. Navigating self publishing, a slightly harder part. The hardest part? Marketing and selling your book. Using a traditional publisher, they have a vast supply of marketing resources and personnel, but in self publishing, there is only you (or whoever you hire to help). Here are some books to help get you started:
- Book Marketing Basics: How to use Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and Email Marketing to Connect with Readers
- Marketing Your Book on Amazon : This is not only a book, but was my first read from this author who has a ton of books and advice on self publishing. I provide a link to her facebook page below. Definitely someone you should “like” if you’re interested in navigating the self pub waters
- A Year of Book Marketing Part I
Facebook Pages to Like:
Amazon Author Resources:
Createspace is a subsidary of Amazon for self publishing print books. They also provide services too for formatting, and much more. Author Central is how you track your books on Amazon and how you set up an Amazon Author Page. Kindle Direct Publishing is where you go to upload your book for Kindle and manage all aspects of your ebook.
I hope these can help you on starting your self publishing journey. I’d love to hear about any other resources that may have helped you!
Best of Luck!