Successful Self-Publishing: How to Self-Publish and Market Your Book: Books for Writers 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Do you want to successfully self-publish in eBook, print, or audiobook formats?
There are thousands of new books being published every day, but many self-published books quickly sink to the bottom of the pile.
Many authors are frustrated because there are so many options for self-publishing, and they don't know which one to choose or what will be best for their book.
Others spend thousands of dollars to publish and end up brokenhearted with the result.
But it doesn't have to be this way.
I've spent the last seven years self-publishing best-selling fiction and nonfiction books and in 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur. I've made lots of mistakes along the way, but through the process of self-publishing 17 books, I've learned the most effective way to publish and market your books. In this book, I'll share everything with you.
The book includes:
- What you need to know before you self-publish
- Why self-publishing an eBook is a good idea
- How to format an eBook
- Exclusivity and going direct
- How to self-publish an eBook
- Why self-publish a print book
- Print-on-demand will change your life
- What you need to know before you print
- How to self-publish a print book
- What to do if you want help with the publishing process
- How to self-publish an audiobook
- After self-publishing
- How much does it cost to self-publish?
- How do you get paid when you self-publish?
- Book marketing principles
- How to market fiction
- How to market nonfiction
Plus, links to more useful resources.
If you're ready to successfully self-publish, then buy this book now.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 41 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 16, 2019|
|Publisher||Curl Up Press|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #18,508 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I, too, have been self-publishing for more than twenty years, but aware the world is changing every day, decided to see if there's more I can learn, something I can improve in my process.
I learned a lot from her book, and bookmarked many pages so I can go back and follow various links (I read the book on my Paperwhite Kindle in a place without a wifi connection).
Do be prepared for a lot of self-promotion in these pages, as Penn smartly inserts references to her own books throughout. But since she's providing advice about how to market your book, you've got to expect her to practice her own advice on you :)
If you're new to self-publishing, pick up this book. Not many experts have the ability to take a large, complicated topic and break it down into something easily comprehended, but Penn has that ability (perhaps why she's published so many helpful guides and sold so many of them!).
Spend a little time with this as a way to familiarize yourself with the big picture. With her book as a launchpad you can rocket into the big space of self-publishing with a well-charted course.
The book is split into two main parts: first, how to publish, then how to market. The marketing portion is shorter and not as in depth as the publishing part, as Penn has already written a longer book on how to market your self-published works.
Really, with all the helpful information provided here, the publishing part of creating a book seems to be the easiest part. You can spend as little or as much money as you need or want, and there are many resources available to help with formatting, book covers, ISBN, etc. It's writing and marketing that entails long hours of work.
So, not remarkable, but not bad either. Perfectly average.
I have downloaded other books on the same subject, but none of them were as detailed as this one.
I also love the fact that the author has self published both fiction and non-fiction, so no matter what genre you write in, the information is still valuable.
There were also a few " Ah-ha" moments for me. Particularly on the subject of how long your book(s) can continue to make money for you, as long as, you retain your rights. Essentially ensuring, that even after you are long gone from this world, your family can still benefit from! Very enlightening.
This book gives a great overview of the process of publishing and marketing your book. This isn't about writing the book, it picks up after the point at which you've written The End and your editor has carefully ticked off every element within.
In some ways, it's a lighter read than some other books on the subject, not being quite so stuffed with details as others. That said, the book itself is only a starting point, with lots of helpful links to outside websites for more information. Think of the book as the tip of the self-publishing iceberg, and the gateway to a host of websites recommended by one of the foremost experts in the field.
On its own, it's a little lighter than I hoped - but if you make the effort to go beyond the pages to the linked websites, you'll find it well worth an extra star.
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I thought this short guide was very good indeed. It's nicely laid out, easy to understand, and makes the whole process seem much easier than anything else I've read on the subject. There's no waffle; it tells you what you need to know, and nothing more. The only slightly weak area was the promotional one, as it did rather give the impression that if you do these things you'll be successful, whereas so many people are trying the same tactics these days that they have much less impact than they did, say, four years ago. But it's basically sound, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know how to go about indie publishing.
A couple of reviews have criticised it because of the links to other books and services provided by Ms Penn, but I don't think they're provided in a 'cashing in' sort of way, I think they're just giving information about where you can find out more about a particular subject, such as how to choose your Amazon keywords. It's good. And free. Sorted.
The only downside is that it brought to light how expensive this endeavour could be before selling one book. Clearly the author's found success, and states exactly the processes/resources she uses, and does point out that even hobbies require expenses and investment.
Bottom line, this really helped ignite the fire in me to get my writing out there, and can save hours of scrolling, research, umming and erring over where to begin for independent authors.
I already knew a lot about self-publishing going into this book but it also contained a lot of useful tips and tricks which I'll be referring back to when I reach each stage of my publishing journey.
Joanna's love for what she does really shows here and this is a successful indie author teaching us what she loves. Yes, she includes links and recommendations to some of her other books (why wouldn't she?) but she also recommends some other authors.
This is an introduction rather than an indepth guide. I highly recommend this for newer indie authors looking for advice or those who want a reminder of how it works.