SELF-PRINTING: Posts

Here’s a full list of all the “self-printing” category posts which chronicle my entire self-publishing adventure. I’ve tried to organize them in some sort of coherent way, but if you want to read them all—and you have, like, a week or so of your life to spare—you can click here to access all posts tagged with “self-printing” instead. 

NB: Keep in mind that I’ve been blogging about self-publishing for a while and so a blog post I wrote about CreateSpace in February 2010 may not exactly be the most up-to-date information. Also I only update this page every now and then. For the last few self-printing themed posts, go back to the homepage. 

**THE US TAX SITUATION HAS CHANGED (October 2014)**

Top 25 Most Popular Self-Printing Posts

(in no particular order)

All About E-books

(in chronological order)

  1. An E-book Extravaganza
  2. How I Learned a BIG E-book Lesson
  3. Mark Coker’s 7 Secrets to Self-Publishing Failure
  4. A Very E-book Christmas
  5. E-books: The Tipping Point
  6. Publishing E-books: A Checklist
  7. How To Avoid Self-Publishing a Crappy Book: 2 Golden Rules
  8. The ISBN Zone
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. To DRM Or Not To DRM
  11. So My E-book Sales are Down – But Why?
  12. My 99c E-book Extravaganza
  13. 99c: The Results and the Kindle “Indie” Bookstore
  14. A New and Improved, Even Easier Way to Format Your E-book
  15. How Much Work is Self-Publishing?
  16. Why is My Book Still 99c? A Smashwords-Shaped Headache
  17. E-book Stuff: Links Extravaganza
  18. Why I Might Stop Self-Publishing Paperbacks
  19. Heads Up: My E-book Prices are Changing
  20. 5 Things I’m Always Having To Tell Self-Publishers
  21. Why I Won’t Be Blogging About KDP Select
  22. So… [Innocent Whistling] About That KDP Select
  23. How Much Should I Charge for My E-book?
  24. Why It’s a Bad Idea to Overload Your Kindle E-book
  25. Low E-book Pricing: The Compensation Problem
  26. Checking Your Kindle Book
  27. Operation Full Distribution
  28. KDP Now Paying ALL Royalties by EFT
  29. How I Found Out Everything I Know About Self-Publishing
  30. It Could Happen To You! (It Almost Definitely Won’t Though)

All About POD Paperbacks

(in chronological order)

  1. The Science Bit: How Does POD Actually Work?
  2. Yay! The Proof Copies I Wasted €30 On Are Here!
  3. 5 Day POD: Day 1 – Write Your Book
  4. 5 Day POD: Day 2 Morning – Editing/Proofreading
  5. 5 Day POD: Day 2 Afternoon – Formatting Your Interior
  6. 5 Day POD: Day 3 – A Cover Story
  7. 5 Day POD: Day 4 – An Upload Extravaganza
  8. 5 Day POD: Day 5 – Click the Publish Button
  9. A CreateSpace Timeline: How Long Did It Take?
  10. Things You Can Do When a Box of Your Books Arrives
  11. How To Avoid Self-Publishing a Crappy Book: 2 Golden Rules
  12. The ISBN Zone
  13. Frequently Asked Questions
  14. Amazon Author Central Adds Nielsen BookScan
  15. How Much I Paid for My Self-Printed Cover
  16. Cheaper Shipping, Less Mystery: I Heart CreateSpace
  17. Self-Printing: I’ve Made a Huge Mistake* – But Also Sold 5,000! 
  18. The Minefield That Is Self-Published Cover Design
  19. Controversy Corner: Am I Wrong About the Gatekeepers?
  20. CreateSpace, Amazon.co.uk and a Potentially Good Idea
  21. Why You Need an Editor: A Demonstration
  22. When the Postman Brings Proof Copies
  23. How To Make a Real Book
  24. No Printed Proof: A Very Bad, Very Good Idea
  25. Lulu, I Love You
  26. Why I Might Stop Self-Publishing Paperbacks
  27. Why You Need Some “Self” in Your Self-Publishing
  28. CreateSpace in Europe
  29. Why For Me, Print Will Never Be Extinct [Freshly Pressed!]
  30. Proofing Your CreateSpace Paperback
  31. How I Found Out Everything I Know About Self-Publishing
  32. It Could Happen To You! (It Almost Definitely Won’t Though)

All About Selling Self-Published Books

(in chronological order)

  1. The Best Things Online Are Free
  2. Self-Printing Make ‘n’ Do: Book Trailers
  3. I’ve Made a Book Trailer: Now What?
  4. Get Crafty: Book Trailer Boxes
  5. The 5 Stages of Amazonitis
  6. Ready, Set, Sell
  7. Adventures in Self-Printing: The Book Launch
  8. What Do Self-Publishing Success Stories Have in Common?
  9. Using Social Media to Sell Books (from One Stop Conference)
  10. Is Your Target Audience Finding Your Book?
  11. To Launch Or Not To Launch?
  12. Self-Printing: My Biggest Mistake
  13. Self-Printing: I’ve Made a Huge Mistake* – But Also Sold 5,000! 
  14. Self-Publishing Goals – What’s Realistic?
  15. What’s With the “Be Professional” Thing?
  16. Max Barry’s How to (Reluctantly) Make a Book Trailer (Brilliantly)
  17. Does My Blog Look Big in This?
  18. Shooting for the Moon (Or, Don’t Just Listen to Me)
  19. 5 Things I’m Always Having To Tell Self-Publishers
  20. Why I Won’t Be Blogging About KDP Select
  21. On Air: How To Survive a Live Radio Interview
  22. Judge a Book By its Cover? Results Gets a New One
  23. So… [Innocent Whistling] About That KDP Select
  24. Title Woes, or Why I Wish People Would Stop Taking Things So Literally!
  25. How (Not?) To Get Your Book Reviewed
  26. Why It Doesn’t Matter Whether or Not Your Book is Good
  27. Amazon Customer Reviews: Bringing the HUH? Since 1995
  28. Why For Me, Print Will Never Be Extinct [Freshly Pressed!]
  29. How To Sell Self-Published Books: One at a Time
  30. My Not So Scientific Theory of How To Sell Self-Published Books
  31. Where to Find Your First Readers
  32. Launching Your Book Online
  33. The Amazing Amazon
  34. Don’t You Forget About Me
  35. Why Promoting Your Book Online is (a bit) like Fight Club
  36. Hit and Miss With KDP Select
  37. Twitter DOES Sell Books—Just Not Directly
  38. The Writer’s Guide to Making Google Your Friend
  39. Low E-book Pricing: The Compensation Problem
  40. How To Get Your Book Reviewed: A Practical Lesson
  41. Why Flashy Book Trailers Don’t Work
  42. Social Media: [GROAN] Do I HAVE To?
  43. It Could Happen To You! (It Almost Definitely Won’t Though)
  44. The Author Platform: Are You Being Cautious, Or Just Lazy?
  45. How To Get People To Read Your Blog
  46. Social Media: Have You Got It All Wrong?
  47. My Top 5 Online Tools

The Number Games

(in chronological order)

  1. The Big Reveal Part I (Sep 10): Mousetrapped’s Costs and “Royalties”
  2. The Big Reveal Part II (Sep 10): How Many Did I Sell?
  3. The Big Reveal (Mar 11): Mousetrapped‘s Sales, One Year On
  4. So My E-book Sales are Down – But Why?
  5. The Numbers Game
  6. So… [Innocent Whistling] About That KDP Select

ITIN/US Tax Withholding for Non-US Residents

  1. Applying for an US ITIN (Tax Number): A Saga in 3 Parts
  2. The ITIN, 30% Withholding, Tax Refund Saga: An Update
  3. US Tax Info and Alphabet Soup (or Why You Don’t Need an ITIN)
  4. Non-US Self-Publisher? Tax Issues Don’t Need To Be Taxing
  5. The Easy Way to Get Your US Tax Back

The Early Days: Mousetrapped

(in chronological order)

  1. Why Am I Doing This? A Self-Printing Prologue
  2. SPS: Self-Publishing Snobbery
  3. Talking Purple Unicorns: Why I’m Calling It Self-Printing
  4. Yay! The Proof Copies I Wasted €30 On Are Here!
  5. Adventures in Self-Printing: The Book Launch
  6. The Big Reveal Part I (Sep 10): Mousetrapped’s Costs and “Royalties”
  7. The Big Reveal Part II (Sep 10): How Many Did I Sell?

Take Two: Mousetrapped‘s Second Edition

(in chronological order)

  1. Operation New Edition: What’s Changing?
  2. Operation New Edition: A New Cover Story
  3. Operation New Edition: The Proof Copy is Here!
  4. New Mousetrapped Amazon Product Description
  5. Title Woes, or Why I Wish People Would Stop Taking Things So Literally!

Take Three: Mousetrapped as a Hardcover

  1. Introducing Mousetrapped as a POD Hardcover!

Book Number Two: Backpacked

(in chronological order)

  1. Self-Printing: My Biggest Mistake
  2. Announcing: Backpacked
  3. The Backpacked Cover is Here!
  4. Finished! But What Next?
  5. More on Backpacked!
  6. When the Postman Brings Proof Copies
  7. Welcome to Backpacked Week!
  8. Backpacked Week: The Evolution of a Book Trailer
  9. Title Woes, or Why I Wish People Would Stop Taking Things So Literally!

Foray into Fiction: Results Not Typical [NB: Since unpublished]

(in chronological order)

  1. What The Dream Looks Like: Why I’m Still Pursuing Traditional Publication
  2. 3 Bombshells (Maybe…?) Before Breakfast
  3. Meet My Novel: Results Not Typical
  4. The Full Results Not Typical Cover is Here!
  5. When the Postman Brings Proof Copies
  6. The Results Not Typical Blog Tour
  7. Results Not Typical is Out Now!
  8. Results Not Typical Blog Tour Digest Week 1
  9. Results Not Typical Blog Tour Digest Week 2
  10. Results Not Typical Blog Tour Digest Week 3
  11. Judge a Book By its Cover? Results Gets a New One
  12. Results Not Typical: Now FREE on Kindle!
  13. So… [Innocent Whistling] About That KDP Select.

Self-Pubbing a Self-Pubbing Guide: Self-Printed

(in chronological order)

  1. Announcing: Self-Printed
  2. Self-Printed: The First Proof
  3. Self-Printed: The “Is This Book For You?” Quiz
  4. Self-Printed: The Cover is Here!
  5. How Much I Paid for My Self-Printed Cover
  6. Self-Printed Preview #1: The Stigma of Self-Publishing
  7. Self-Printed Preview #2: Self-Publishing Goals – What’s Realistic?
  8. Self-Printed Preview #3: The Minefield That Is Self-Published Cover Design
  9. Self-Printed Preview #4: What Does the Dream Look Like?
  10. Self-Printed Preview #5: What’s With the “Be Professional” Thing?
  11. Self-Printed is Out Today! And Some Other Stuff
  12. My Self-Printed Interview on Writing.ie (VIDEO)

My Latest Project: Travelled

  1. Travels in 2012 and Travelled in 2013
  2. Travelled is Here!

Guest Posts I Wrote for Other Blogs

Ask Catherine

All Self-Printing Category Posts

(in chronological order)

  1. Why Am I Doing This? A Self-Printing Prologue
  2. SPS: Self-Publishing Snobbery
  3. Talking Purple Unicorns: Why I’m Calling It Self-Printing
  4. The Science Bit: How Does POD Actually Work?
  5. Yay! The Proof Copies I Wasted €30 On Are Here!
  6. Going Public
  7. The Best Things Online Are Free
  8. Self-Printing Make ‘n’ Do: Book Trailers
  9. I’ve Made a Book Trailer: Now What?
  10. Get Crafty: Book Trailer Boxes
  11. 5 Day POD: Day 1 – Write Your Book
  12. 5 Day POD: Day 2 Morning – Editing/Proofreading
  13. 5 Day POD: Day 2 Afternoon – Formatting Your Interior
  14. 5 Day POD: Day 3 – A Cover Story
  15. 5 Day POD: Day 4 – An Upload Extravaganza
  16. 5 Day POD: Day 5 – Click the Publish Button
  17. An E-book Extravaganza
  18. A CreateSpace Timeline: How Long Did It Take?
  19. The 5 Stages of Amazonitis
  20. Ready, Set, Sell
  21. Things You Can Do When a Box of Your Books Arrives
  22. T-Minus 5 Days Launch Countdown: Countdown Begins
  23. T-Minus 4 Days Launch Countdown: The Bookstore
  24. T-Minus 3 Days Launch Countdown: Stock Options
  25. T-Minus 2 Days Launch Countdown: Rent-a-Crowd
  26. T-Minus 1 Day Launch Countdown: About the Author
  27. Adventures in Self-Printing: The Book Launch
  28. What Do Self-Publishing Success Stories Have in Common?
  29. Self-Printing Promotion: Thinking Ahead
  30. Self-Printing Promotion: Blogging & A Book Site
  31. Self-Printing Promotion: How To Send People to Your Blog
  32. Self-Printing Promotion: Book Trailers
  33. Self-Printing Promotion: First Chapter
  34. Self-Printing Promotion: Amazon Adventures
  35. Self-Printing Promotion: Forum Fun
  36. Self-Printing Promotion: Contests, Giveaways and Freebies
  37. Self-Printing Promotion: Fun with Vistaprint
  38. Self-Printing Promotion: Complimentary Copies
  39. Self-Printing Promotion: Of Book Launches & Book Tours
  40. Self-Printing Promotion: What Not To Do & Some Final Thoughts
  41. Using Social Media to Sell Books (from One Stop Conference)
  42. How I Learned a BIG E-book Lesson
  43. How To Format Your E-book (the Non-Migraine Inducing Way)
  44. Mark Coker’s 7 Secrets to Self-Publishing Failure
  45. A Very E-book Christmas
  46. E-books: The Tipping Point
  47. Publishing E-books: A Checklist
  48. The Big Reveal Part I (Sep 10): Mousetrapped’s Costs and “Royalties”
  49. The Big Reveal Part II (Sep 10): How Many Did I Sell?
  50. Is Your Target Audience Finding Your Book?
  51. How To Avoid Self-Publishing a Crappy Book: 2 Golden Rules
  52. The ISBN Zone
  53. Frequently Asked Questions
  54. Amazon Author Central Adds Nielsen BookScan
  55. Making a Living as a Writer in the 21st Century
  56. Operation New Edition: What’s Changing?
  57. Operation New Edition: A New Cover Story
  58. Operation New Edition: The Proof Copy is Here!
  59. 6 Ways to Survive Bad Reviews
  60. Me, in The Sunday Times!
  61. To Launch Or Not To Launch?
  62. Self-Printing: My Biggest Mistake
  63. What The Dream Looks Like: Why I’m Still Pursuing Traditional Publication
  64. Announcing: Self-Printed
  65. Announcing: Backpacked
  66. The Big Reveal (Mar 11): Mousetrapped‘s Sales, One Year On
  67. To DRM Or Not To DRM
  68. Self-Printed: The First Proof
  69. Self-Printed: The “Is This Book For You?” Quiz
  70. Self-Printed: The Cover is Here!
  71. How Much I Paid for My Self-Printed Cover
  72. Special E-book Author Guest Star Week: Sally Clements
  73. Special E-book Author Guest Star Week: Suzanne O’Leary
  74. Special E-book Author Guest Star Week: Lindsay Edmunds
  75. Special E-book Author Guest Star Week: Vanessa O’Loughlin
  76. Special E-book Author Guest Star Week: Hazel Gaynor
  77. Special E-book Author Guest Star Week: Rebecca E. Brown
  78. Cheaper Shipping, Less Mystery: I Heart CreateSpace
  79. Self-Printing: I’ve Made a Huge Mistake* – But Also Sold 5,000! 
  80. Self-Printed Preview #1: The Stigma of Self-Publishing
  81. Self-Printed Preview #2: Self-Publishing Goals – What’s Realistic?
  82. Self-Printed Preview #3: The Minefield That Is Self-Published Cover Design
  83. Self-Printed Preview #4: What Does the Dream Look Like?
  84. Self-Printed Preview #5: What’s With the “Be Professional” Thing?
  85. Self-Printed is Out Today! And Some Other Stuff
  86. New Mousetrapped Amazon Product Description
  87. Controversy Corner: Am I Wrong About the Gatekeepers?
  88. CreateSpace, Amazon.co.uk and a Potentially Good Idea
  89. Did You Know Amazon Deleted Kindle Book Tags?
  90. 3 Bombshells (Maybe…?) Before Breakfast
  91. My Self-Printed Interview on Writing.ie (VIDEO)
  92. They’re Ba-ack! (Kindle Tags, That Is)
  93. Announcing: 99c Self-Printed Shorts
  94. So My E-book Sales are Down – But Why?
  95. Say Goodbye to Grants, Say Hello to Kickstarter
  96. Self-Printing: 3 Things I’m Not Doing Anymore
  97. Self-Printing: 3 Things I’ve Started Doing
  98. The Backpacked Cover is Here!
  99. Rant O’Clock: No, JK Rowling is NOT Self-Publishing
  100. Another Day, Another Amazon Change
  101. Meet My Novel: Results Not Typical
  102. 20k Books Sold: My Game Plan
  103. Mousetrapped in Magazines
  104. Why Self-Publishers Need to Watch Their Manners
  105. Finished! But What Next?
  106. My 99c E-book Extravaganza
  107. Introducing Self-Publishing Formatting Services, by Me
  108. More on Backpacked!
  109. 99c: The Results and the Kindle “Indie” Bookstore
  110. HOW Self-Publishers Can Mind Their Manners
  111. Max Barry’s How to (Reluctantly) Make a Book Trailer (Brilliantly)
  112. The Full Results Not Typical Cover is Here!
  113. Why You Need an Editor: A Demonstration
  114. When the Postman Brings Proof Copies
  115. Why I’m Self-Publishing: A Guest Post by Roz Morris
  116. The Numbers Game
  117. Welcome to Backpacked Week!
  118. Backpacked Week: A New and Improved, Even Easier Way to Format Your E-book
  119. Backpacked Week: The Evolution of a Book Trailer
  120. Backpacked Week: How To Make a Real Book
  121. Backpacked Week: How Much Work is Self-Publishing?
  122. Backpacked Week: 5 Things Self-Publishers Shouldn’t Worry About (But They Do)
  123. Why is My Book Still 99c? A Smashwords-Shaped Headache
  124. No Printed Proof: A Very Bad, Very Good Idea
  125. Lulu, I Love You
  126. E-book Stuff: Links Extravaganza
  127. Writing with the Door Open
  128. The Results Not Typical Blog Tour
  129. Results Not Typical is Out Now!
  130. Results Not Typical Blog Tour Digest Week 1
  131. Results Not Typical Blog Tour Digest Week 2
  132. Results Not Typical Blog Tour Digest Week 3
  133. Why I Might Stop Self-Publishing Paperbacks
  134. Heads Up: My E-book Prices are Changing
  135. How Do You Know What You Don’t Know?
  136. Does My Blog Look Big in This?
  137. Applying for an US ITIN (Tax Number): A Saga in 3 Parts
  138. (Some) Writing Dreams (Still) Do Come True
  139. Shooting for the Moon (Or, Don’t Just Listen to Me)
  140. 5 Things I’m Always Having To Tell Self-Publishers
  141. Why I Won’t Be Blogging About KDP Select
  142. On Air: How To Survive a Live Radio Interview
  143. Judge a Book By its Cover? Results Gets a New One
  144. Results Not Typical: Now FREE on Kindle!
  145. The ITIN, 30% Withholding, Tax Refund Saga: An Update
  146. So… [Innocent Whistling] About That KDP Select
  147. Title Woes, or Why I Wish People Would Stop Taking Things So Literally!
  148. Grammar Geography: Does It Matter To You?
  149. Grammar Geography: The Results
  150. US Tax Info and Alphabet Soup (or Why You Don’t Need an ITIN)
  151. How (Not?) To Get Your Book Reviewed
  152. Non-US Self-Publisher? Tax Issues Don’t Need To Be Taxing
  153. Could Your Self-Published Book Pass THIS Test?
  154. The Answer To All Your Design Problems
  155. Why You Need Some “Self” In Your Self-Publishing
  156. Amazon Customer Reviews: Bringing the HUH? Since 1995
  157. Why It Doesn’t Matter Whether or Not Your Book is Good
  158. Why For Me, Print Will Never Be Extinct [Freshly Pressed!]
  159. How to Sell Self-Published Books: One at a Time
  160. My Not So Scientific Theory of How To Self-Published Books
  161. Where to Find Your First Readers
  162. Launching Your Book Online
  163. The Amazing Amazon
  164. Don’t You Forget About Me
  165. Why Promoting Your Book Online is (a bit) like Fight Club
  166. Hit and Miss With KDP Select
  167. Twitter DOES Sell Books—Just Not Directly
  168. CreateSpace in Europe
  169. How Much Should I Charge for My E-book?
  170. The Writer’s Guide to Making Google Your Friend
  171. Why It’s a Bad Idea to Overload Your Kindle Book
  172. Do You Ever Want To Go Back?
  173. Read All About It
  174. Why For Me, Print Will Never Be Extinct [Freshly Pressed!]
  175. The Easy Way to Get Your US Tax Back
  176. Low E-book Pricing: The Compensation Problem
  177. How To Get Your Book Reviewed: A Practical Lesson
  178. 50 Shades a Self-Publishing Success Story? I Don’t Think So
  179. Proofing Your CreateSpace Paperback
  180. Checking Your Kindle Book
  181. Why Flashy Book Trailers Don’t Work
  182. NaNoWriMo: I’m Only Going To Say This Once, Okay?
  183. Agents Self-Publishing and The Mysterious White Glove
  184. Travels in 2012 and Travelled in 2013
  185. Plans and Goals and Stuff
  186. Operation Full Distribution
  187. Speak Now: Earn Money From Self-Publishing By Talking About It
  188. My Favorite Plotting Book EVER* (*Contains Cats)
  189. KDP Now Paying ALL Royalties By EFT
  190. Social Media: [Groan] Do I HAVE To?
  191. How I Found Out Everything I Know About Self-Publishing
  192. Ask Catherine: The Answers
  193. It Could Happen To You! (It Almost Definitely Won’t Though)
  194. Introducing Mousetrapped as a POD Hardcover!
  195. Ask Catherine: More Answers
  196. What Will You Do With Your Blog Posts: I Did This… 
  197. The Author Platform: Are You Being Cautious, Or Just Lazy?
  198. How To Get People To Read Your Blog
  199. Social Media: Have You Got It All Wrong?
  200. Travelled is Here!
  201. How Self-Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (PART I)
  202. How Self-Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (PART II)
  203. My Top 5 Online Tools
  204. Did Someone Say It Would Be Easy?

Wow. Sees like a lot, right? No wonder I get nothing done…

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6 Responses to “SELF-PRINTING: Posts”

  1. rosedandrea December 17, 2012 at 09:00 #

    Wow, you weren’t kidding when you said you had a lot of self-publishing posts!
    Guess it’s time to make a pot of tea, grab some high protein munchies, and start reading.
    By the way, thanks for putting these in an easy to find place, with an easy to understand format.

  2. Dominic Currin January 22, 2013 at 02:00 #

    Hi, Catherine!

    Just thought I’d share this line from Winnie the Pooh (you might already know it):

    “You’re smarter when you’re pink…”

    Thanks for being yourself!

    Dominic

  3. Aracely September 18, 2013 at 09:04 #

    Very good info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance (stumbleupon). I’ve book-marked it for later!

  4. Single Strides November 18, 2014 at 19:26 #

    Oh my gosh this is the Holy Grail of self publishing. So happy to have found your blog! I self published in the 7th grade using iUniverse. I always wanted to go back to it with a manuscript I wrote in my early twenties. Do you think that self publishing is definitely the way to go over putting a book on a Kindle/Amazon Reader?

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