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Notes on E-Publishing

I attended a brilliant workshop on Self-Publishing last night, and learned a lot on how authors can take themselves to new heights by venturing into this model. Epublishing is the wave of the future in many opinions. Read what I learned…

Self-Publishing doesn’t have to be scary.

Will you sell a million copies? Probably not, but the copies you do sell will propel you forward and drive traffic to your “name.”

Should you epublish or submit the traditional way? There’s nothing that says you have to choose. Keeping one foot in each world is definitely okay (they say).

The biggest gripe about epublishing comes from poor editing. Very, Very Important piece of advice. If you know how to edit and are confident in doing so, then by all means, you can edit your own work. If not, hire someone.

Making sure it’s formatted right is also important. Try Smashwords Style Guide at http://www.Smashwords.com.

Having a cover design that’s appealing to the eye is important. You can use your own images or use Stock images online. Again check out Smashwords to see what they’re up to…

When all this has been accomplished, it’s time to announce to the world you have a publication via facebook, twitter, website, blog. Marketing.

Marketing Plan…yes, I said Marketing plan. Now, this is something I will work on this week. No one ever told me this was a factor, but in order to be a successful epublished author, it’s important to have a plan. Makes sense, right?

I was 100% against epublishing until rejection after rejection began (and continued) to happen. It wasn’t because it was junk, it was because (in their opinion), not right for the market right now. Who’s to say it’s not? Really?

So, stepping into my big girl shoes, I will self-publish a book. I have 2 that are ready, and one non-fiction knitting book that I have to map out yet. I think that may be the easiest to self-publish. We’ll see. Stay tuned…

As I always say,

Write on

deb

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1 thought on “Notes on E-Publishing”

  1. Fantastic, Deb! Go for it, and good luck! For the past year plus, I’ve been studying media branding and marketing techniques for content creators regardless whether they self-publish or pursue traditional means. Philippa Burgess, Dana Lynn Smith, Dvorah Lansky, Robin Hoffman, Dan Poynter, Susan Harrow–these and more offer valuable insights re areas of expertise that might help you to establish your name and talent in the market. Very best wishes for your success! James

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