SELF-PUBLISHING TIPS AND RESOURCES
We’ll start with Amazon’s free publishing companies since Amazon has the world’s largest share of online ebook and printed book sales. Check this blog to see just how large that share is: http://www.thewire.com/business/2014/05/amazon-has-basically-no-competition-among-online-booksellers/371917/
Kindle Direct Publishing: KDP produces ebooks for Kindle readers. If you publish your ebooks exclusively with them, there are opportunities to offer free promotions and sales that they will promote https://kdp.amazon.com/
Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/ Publishes paperbacks, offers free cover design templates and ISBNs. Amazon has the world’s largest share of online ebook and printed book sales.
For your book to be sold by Chapters/Indigo, Kobo, Barnes & Noble or other online and brick and mortar bookstores, you need to choose other methods of publication.
Smashwords offers free ebook publication. Its catalogue reaches major distributors around the world, including Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Overdrive, Apple and Inktera. Smashwords supplies free ISBNs. You need a cover design. https://www.smashwords.com/
Ingram Spark offers both paperback and ebook publication for a fee. Currently the cost is $49.00 US. You need to provide your own ISBN and cover design. ISBNs are free in Canada at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/isbn-canada/Pages/isbn-canada.aspx In the United States, there is a fee for ISBNs and the location to apply is here: http://www.bowker.com/products/ISBN-US.html. Watch this site, because sometimes they have sales. When you publish through Ingram Spark, your book will be listed in the Ingram catalogue, which is a traditional source of book purchases for chain and independent bookstores. https://www.ingramspark.com/Portal
To compare Createspace and Ingram check this blog by Giacomo Giammatteo: http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/watchdog-ingram-spark-vs-createspace-for-self-publishing-print-books/
For fantastic advice on self-publishing, check
Joanna Penn: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/publishing/
Jane Friedman: https://janefriedman.com/self-publish-your-book/
Joel Friedlander: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/
Kristen Joy: http://thebookninja.com/
Joseph Hogue: http://myworkfromhomemoney.com/how-to-publish-a-book-guide/
Duke Diercks: http://dukediercks.com/2016/11/10/publish-your-own-book-self-publishing-tips-and-costs/
For some basic information on ebooks and taxes check: https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Self-Employment-Taxes/A-Tax-Cheat-Sheet-for-Kindle-eBook-Self-Publishing/INF29515.html
Also good to read:
Top Tips from Self-Published Authors: http://www.blurb.ca/blog/top-tips-self-published-authors “Blurb Stories is dedicated to exploring all facets of self-publishing, and from multiple perspectives. So this week we thought we’d offer some of our favorite advice on writing, publishing, and promoting, from some of the most respected self-published writers out there.
Elizabeth Spann Craig: Craig is a hybrid author, published traditionally as well as pursuing self-publishing. Her site has many thoughtful and helpful posts about being a hybrid author, as well as, about her ventures into audio books. http://elizabethspanncraig.com/blog/
The Writers’ Knowledge Base: This is a fantastic search engine for writers. Here you’ll find many blogs by experts in the field of self-publishing and any other writing topic that you can imagine. http://hiveword.com/wkb/search
A fantastic resource for short story writers by Jerry Jenkins: “How to Write a Short Story That Captivates Your Reader”A must-read. https://www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-write-short-stories/
- This great grammar link, The 10 Most Common Grammatical Errors, was suggested by Mrs. Vickers’ class: https://www.scribendi.com/advice/most_common_grammatical_errors.en.html
- This link to a cover design company was suggested by a writer who found the service and quality of the final product excellent: https://99designs.ca/book-cover-design
- 6 Great Websites for Teen Writers by Iva-Marie Palmer at Brightly
- Plasma Dolphin – a new location accepting writing from teen authors
- Advice for Young Writers from author, Nathan Bransford
- 10 Creative Writing Dos and Don’ts for creating a solid writing technique that can be built upon with time and experience
- 11 Things You Need to Know About Writing Well – great writing tips from author, Tim Wynne-Jones
- 4 Steps for Organizing Plot Ideas into a Novel by Jody Hedlund
- Are Teenagers Too Young to Write Good Fiction? (The answer is ‘no’!)
- BookHooks – World’s Best Book Reviewing Site Share your love of books here.
- CreativeWritingPrompts.com Just hold your cursor over the number to find the writing prompt
- Dialogue: Make each character unique “Dialogue must to more than have people talking.”
- Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing
- Go Teen Writers An excellent resource for teen writers
- Great article by author Terry Odell: Resist the Urge to Explain
- Kids Are Writers “We help kids find their voice, one story at a time.”
- Magical Words – Writing Great Novel Beginnings Blog by Lucienne Diver, author of the Vamped series
- Making a Committment to Writing
- Monica Wood – Writing Tips
- National Novel Writing Month – Young Writers’ Program Get ready to write for the month of November
- Scribblitt: Make Your Own Book–Kid’s Self-Publishing
- Small World: Ultimate Guide to Creative Writing Resources for Students A great list of links for teen writers, teachers and homeschoolers
- Teen Girls that Write
- Teen Ink Written entirely by teens. A great resource for teen writers and artists.
- Teens can write, too (a list of authors published while in their teens) The site is an excellent resource for teen writers.
- Teens Writing for Teens a site for teen writers and novelists
- The Bookshelf Muse – An amazing resource for writers from Angela Ackerman
- The Brainstormer – a writing prompts generator that offers endless options
- The Other Side of the Story by Janice Hardy Plan, write, edit, sell. Taking your story from idea to novel.
- Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs
- Who Speaks? Pointers about Attribution in Dialogue Fantastic article on writing great dialogue
- Writer Igniter – a fun writing generator that can be a bit addictive
- Writer’s Knowledge Base: The Search Engine for Writers If you have question about writing, you’ll find a blog here with your answers.
- Writers Write Source of great blog posts about writing
- Young Writers Online Post, discuss and critique work in online forums. Also contests and writing exercises.