Self Publish Your Novel!

 

 

This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here.

 

spynIn 2011 I published a little ebook called Self-Publish Your Novel. By that time I had self-published two other books, one of which–Mercury Falls–was picked up by Amazon’s publishing venture, AmazonEncore, and I had just finished the sequel to Mercury Falls. In 2011, self-publishing as we know it was still in its infancy, and it was hard to find reliable information on how to go about publishing a book–or whether you should. Many writers I knew were still confidently repeating legacy publishers’ talking points about how self-published books are of low quality, nobody makes any money at it, you would ruin your chances of ever landing a “real publisher,” etc. Many others were asking me how I had done it, and I was arrogant enough to think I knew. At that point, my books had sold around 20,000 copies.

Fast-forward five years. I have now published four more novels with Amazon Publishing and self-published  another six. My twelfth novel, The Big Sheep, is being released by Thomas Dunne this June. My books have sold close to 200,000 copies.

I’ve learned a lot during the past five years, and a lot has changed. I’ve kept Self-Publish Your Novel available in the Kindle store this whole time, but I wince a little every time somebody buys it these days, because so much of the information is now outdated. I kept meaning to revise the book to take account of the many changes in the publishing industry over the past five years, but I’ve never had the time. And frankly, after being spoiled by Amazon Publishing for a few years, my own knowledge of the current state of self-publishing (particularly the marketing aspect) was somewhat lacking.

Over the past few weeks I’ve taken the time to (re-)educate myself on various aspects of self-publishing, and I finally feel like I’m pretty much back up to speed. So I’ve decided to tackle that revision of SPYN, and to post the chapters as blog posts as I go. I plan to post about one chapter a week, starting this Friday, May 13.

My latest self-published book
My latest self-published book

I will be covering the basic process of writing a novel, proofreading, copy editing, developmental editing, cover design, formatting for paperbacks and the various ebook formats, ebook and paperback distribution and all sorts of good stuff I’ve learned about marketing–including how to use Amazon categories to increase your visibility, how to to build your mailing list, how to get reviews, how to use Facebook ads, running giveaways and contests, and much more.

If you’ve written a novel, are in the process of writing a novel, or are even thinking about writing a novel, you are definitely going to want to read these posts. This is going to be cutting edge stuff, combining my five years of self-publishing experience with everything I’ve learned in a couple hundred hours of research and experimentation over the past several weeks. This isn’t some webinar some self-publishing guru recorded back in 2014. This is everything I know about self-publishing a novel as of right now. We’re basically talking a master class in self-publishing for free.

 

This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here.

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