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3 Clever Tips for Self-Publishing on a Budget

on August 27, 2016 in Publishing Advice with 1 comment by

Tself publishing on a budgethinking about self-publishing but worried about the cost?

Very few of us have the resources to compete with the big five publishers. Even if we aim to publish the highest quality book possible, we must watch our spending very carefully.

Publishing budgets vary wildly. I’ve heard some authors bragging that they spent nothing on their books – which frankly makes me regard their books a bit dubiously. I’ve seen beautiful, well-edited indie books published for between $1,000 and $3,000. And of course, I’ve seen jaw-droppingly gorgeous books produced for many times that amount.

Do you want to limit how much money you spend on self-publishing your book?

Here are 3 clever tips for self-publishing on a budget:

1. Use free eBook formatting software. If your book has already been professionally edited and you are not looking for custom design, you can use free tools to create high-quality book interiors. Personally, I’ve been very impressed with the Reedsy Book Editor. I also am a big fan of Vellum – which isn’t free, but allows you to create lovely books without a designer.

2. Scrappy cover design. A poorly-designed cover will repel readers. A custom cover by a professional designer can cost upwards of $800. Before you spend the big bucks, check out alternative cover sources. Use Fiverr for $5 prototypes. Contact artists directly on Deviant Art, Renderosity or Epilogue to request custom art or use of work already created. Use a service like 99Designs to run a cover design contest for $299.

3. Skill share. First, sort everything that needs to be done into three categories – things you can do yourself (at a professional level), things you need to pay someone else to do, and things you can barter with friends. Most of the writers I know have other professional skills. For example, you may be a top artist and perfectly capable of designing your own cover, while a friend of yours may be an eagle-eyed editor. Work together! Trade a cover design for a copy edit.

Would you like more information on how to get all your editing, formatting and design done on a tight budget? Sign up for my online class How to Self-Publish Your First Book. You’ll gain a wealth of resources for your indie publishing projects – plus tools to help you set and manage your budget.

Save $150 when you join during this weekend preview special.
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Do you know any other great sources for budget-minded authors? Hit reply and let me know! I’d love to share them with my students.

Why publish a book?

on August 26, 2016 in Publishing Advice, Writer's Life with no comments by

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Did you know that a New York Times survey found that 81% of Americans either plan to write a book or have already done so?

You may be painfully aware that writing a book and publishing a book are two very different accomplishments.

Writing provides great personal satisfaction. However, it’s when we share our stories with others that our work takes on a new life.

The past few weeks, I interviewed 43 writers aspiring to publish their first books. When asked why they were motivated to take the big leap into publishing, they gave brilliant wonderful answers.

Do any of these sound like you?

  • I just want to show myself I can do it. Writing and publishing a book has been on my bucket list for decades.
  • I love the idea of even a few people reading my stories and feeling a connection. 
  • Maybe I won’t become a millionaire, but my book will establish my authority in my field and attract new clients.
  • I really want to walk into a bookstore and see my book on the shelf! 
  • I wrote my memoir to tell the truth about my struggles. If I don’t publish it, there’s no way I can help other women going through similar experiences. 
  • My story is good! I know there are people out there who will love it. 

Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside magazine had this to say:

  • Publishing your work is important. Even if you are giving a piece to some smaller publication for free, you will learn something about your writing. The editor will say something, friends will mention it.

Or perhaps you agree with Sylvia Plath who remarked:

  • Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.

Ready to realize your goal? Now’s the time to clear out your desk drawers (or computer folders) and get your work out into the world where it belongs!

I invite you to join my online course How to Self-Publish Your First Book. This course is specifically designed for those of you that need a lot of basic help to navigate the indie publishing world.

The publishing process doesn’t need to overwhelm you. Gain a clear understanding of what it takes to be an indie author. Confidently advance your project from rough manuscript to published book. Experience the satisfaction of holding your finished book in your hands and the joy of hearing from your first readers.

Through my work with Writer.ly, at the University of Washington and as a publisher, I’ve witnessed first-hand the thrilling moment when writers become authors. Man, that’s powerful stuff — the tasty fruit of dreams, effort and heartfelt aspirations. I would be so honored to work with you in my class and get to be a part of your transformation from “aspiring author” to “author.”

To reward you for bravely claiming your intention to publish, you’ll save $150 when you sign up right now. 

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Why publish a book?

I would love to hear your reasons. Leave a comment and let me know!


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In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about partners in crime.

on August 26, 2016 in Six Word Story Challenges with 9 comments by

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Writing prompt: In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about partners in crime.

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In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about life as a dog.

on August 25, 2016 in Six Word Story Challenges with 16 comments by

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Writing prompt: In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about life as a dog.

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In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a country song.

on August 24, 2016 in Six Word Story Challenges with 14 comments by

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Writing prompt: In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a country song.

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In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about your next life.

on August 19, 2016 in Six Word Story Challenges with 14 comments by

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Writing prompt: In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about your next life.

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In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about old friends.

on August 18, 2016 in Six Word Story Challenges with 18 comments by

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Writing prompt: In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about old friends.

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In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about a lucky break.

on August 16, 2016 in Six Word Story Challenges with 11 comments by

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Writing prompt: In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about a lucky break.

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In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about going too far.

on August 15, 2016 in Six Word Story Challenges with 20 comments by

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Writing prompt: In SIX WORDS or fewer, write a story about going too far.

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Why authors should focus on something other than book sales

on August 9, 2016 in Publishing Advice, Writer's Life with no comments by

Forget book sales?

Yep. Many extraordinarily successful authors use another goal to maintain career longevity.

Want to learn the big secret? Watch the video below to learn how achieve your writerly dreams by attracting true fans rather than chasing after book sales.

Sample video lesson

This lesson comes from my course Small Town Writer, Big World Audience. You can join the class and watch more lessons here. Enjoy the free class and good luck on your platform building endeavors!

P.S. Watch your inbox in the next few days for an invite to a free workshop for folks looking to set up their first marketing funnel. Watching the lesson above about true fans will give you the background you need to get the most out of the marketing funnel workshop. Not on my email list? Craziness. You should sign up so you don’t miss out on all the freebies. Sign up now and I’ll send you my Freebie Cheat Sheet with 33 giveaway ideas for authors.

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