Self-Publishing Tips

Welcome! This post has been put together to share advice, tips and suggestions regarding Self Publishing. Take a look if your curious about it – these authors share some great information.

I asked on my Facebook page “Self-Publishing authors I’m, curious to know about your experiences and would love to get a better understanding of how it all works. Love to read your thoughts, experiences and opinions!” I felt getting answers from fellow friends and authors allowed for more of a connection. Sometimes you just need a friend to explain things to you, rather than a professional. I loved these answers and felt more at ease with the help of these awesome people!

Here is what they shared:



Pros? (Reminders & Advice)


Aubrey: I enjoy the creative control of being self published.

Lori: I agree. The control is nice and the ability to interact with your fans on social networks is very helpful.

Margaret Taylor The easiest thing you can do is always keep an open mind and be prepared to roll with stuff as it comes up. Try not to get frustrated and if you do, just ask. Someone out there will have the answer I’m sure.

Pro #1 is having all the control. I can or not release what I want when I want. I love that. (Being dependent, of course, on formatting, covers and editing, but essentially the final say is up to me.)

Claire Upton It is fun to self-publish as you feel more in control. However this means you have to be strict with yourself & push yourself further than ever before. You are the writer, editor, marketer, accountant & still a person… can be hard going but worth it! x

Kristen Mazzola

Ok… Here is how I feel about it: Self publishing was easier than I thought it was going to be, there was just things that I wish I had known earlier.



Amazon? Taxes?

Margaret Taylor They don’t pay the taxes for you, no, most don’t anyway – the big guns, Amazon, B&N and the like. But, they do report to the IRS at the end of the year. You’re best bet – if you do – is to keep a running spreadsheet or notebook of what you spend and earn. There are certain bits you can deduct at the end of the year for self-publishing – formatting costs, cover costs, editing cost and the like. For the first year or so, depending, you probably won’t make enough for it to be worthwhile to claim your expenses. However, if you publish early and your book does well you may, so just to be safe, start keeping track from the beginning. It’s a lot easier to have it on hand than to try and go back and recreate it.



Cons? (Reminders & Advice)

Margaret Taylor Con #1, is having to wait on others. (Don’t get me wrong, I deeply love and respect everyone I work with and I understand their schedules and I’m patient with them as they are with me!) But, having to wait on it, or even on places like Amazon to get things done and out there, is probably the worst part.

Con #2 is waiting to see if peeps buy and/or ultimately like or hate what you’ve done. That’s just plain nerve racking!

Also, Con #3 and not to be dismissed Con to self-publishing is both finding the balance of a life outside of writing and writing and as Claire said, maintaining your own discipline.

Lindy Zart

I self-published in November of 2012, so I’m still fairly new to this. It’s time-consuming. You’re doing everything yourself. The self-promoting is the hardest, especially because you don’t want to feel like you’re pushing yourself on people. You pay for editing, formatting, book design, etc. So at first you might lose money before you make money.

I mean, some of it is hard. Even getting a negative review is hard, but it happens to everyone, so you just have to remind yourself of that. And some days, it feels like you’re not getting anywhere, but then you realize you really are. It’s all about perspective, not giving up, and following your dreams.



Steps? (Process, what worked for you?)

 Kristen Mazzola

For example:

Use create space first and get everything squared away with your paperback first and foremost. That is the most important site to your publishing process. From there you will automatically be able to go straight to kindle, and then Amazon.

Making sure that your formatting for those two versions is key, go over and over your manuscript once it is uploaded. Make sure that paragraphs flow right and everything.

Once that is done head over to a site called draft2digital, that is where you will be able to up load to Kobo, B&N (for nook) and iTunes

Then smashwords. Personally, I don’t like smashwords. It is not user friendly and the formatting guidelines sucks.

Having an editor and good cover are key too. The social media will help you get out there.

Another thing that I wish I had known about before I started this journey is Tesera Mummert’s book: Indie Author Guide of Awesome



On another note:

Author Jamie Mcguire has a great page on her website explaining her entire process, thoughts and shares her advice. It was extremely helpful, (it is long so be prepared to read, especially if your seriously considering Self-Pub) For Writers (Click here for to read what Jamie Says)


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