I’ve been blogging about self-publishing since early 2010 and it’s impossible – I think – to organize ALL those posts into any sort of coherent and/or chronological list, especially when (a) something I posted last week could already be out of date (thanks a LOT, Amazon KDP!) and (b) even if you read every single one of them, you still might not piece together everything you need to know in order to self-publish your book. So here’s what we’re going to do (as of January 2015):
  • Instead of listing every self-publishing themed post I’ve ever written on this page, I’ve curated it into a kind of highlights show, with a focus on subjects that aren’t covered much elsewhere and things you should know that stand the test of time
  • I have a book about this, y’know. It’s over 120,000 words long and it DOES have everything you need to know in it and it’s in there in the order you need to know it. It’s a mere $4.95 in e-book and you might consider starting with that, if you’re struggling with the “how to” bit of self-publishing. (‘Tis available in paperback too.)
  • Please be mindful that some of these posts are years old. The way certain websites look might have changed, or the process might be different now. Focus on the principles, not the step-by-step details, if it’s that kind of post. Use your noggin.
  • If you want to ignore everything I’ve just said, scroll down to find a link to ALL my self-printing posts, dating ALL the way back to 2010. Godspeed.


What the Fudge?

Don’t know where to start? Don’t know your KDP from your DRM? These are the droids that you’re looking for:

How I Found Out Everything I Know About Self-Publishing

Non-US Self-Publisher? Tax Issues Don’t Need To Be Taxing

How Self-Published Books are Made: Start to Finish (PART I)

How Self-Published Books are Made: Start to Finish (PART II)

How To Format Your E-book

Got a bit more time on your hands or know exactly what you need? Scroll down…


The Bigger Picture

How Much Work is Self-Publishing?

Did Someone Say It Would Be Easy?

6 Ways to Survive Bad Reviews

How I Found Out Everything I Know About Self-Publishing

5 Things Self-Publishers Shouldn’t Worry About (But They Do)

It Could Happen To You! (It Probably Won’t Though)


Just Get a Damn Editor, Okay?

How Do You Know What You Don’t Know?

Why You Need an Editor: A Demonstration

Copy-editors: What They Really Do

Proofreading Explained


US Tax Withholding Horror

Non-US Self-Publisher? Tax Issues Don’t Need To Be Taxing

Completing Your CreateSpace Tax Interview


Nuts and Bolts

How Self-Published Books are Made: Start to Finish (PART I)

How Self-Published Books are Made: Start to Finish (PART II)

The Minefield That Is Self-Published Cover Design

5 Things I’m Always Having To Tell Self-Publishers

How To Format Your E-book

Inserting Page Numbers and Running Heads

Self-Publishing a New Edition? Get Rid of the Old One First!

Why You Need Some “Self” In Your Self-Publishing


Marketing, Promoting & Social Media Stuff

What is the Point of a Blog?

How To Get People to Read Your Blog

Selling Self-Published Books: Read This First [Freshly-Pressed!]

Social Media: [GROAN] Do I Have To?

Does My Blog Look Big in This?

How (Not?) To Get Your Book Reviewed

Why Promoting Your Book Online is (a bit) like Fight Club

[Insert Annoying Self-Promoting Message Here]

Goodreads Giveaways: Don’t Do What You’re Told

Closing the Facebook

PicMonkey Makes the Perfect Accessory for Your Facebook Page

Why Flashy Book Trailers Don’t Work

The Writer’s Guide to Making Google Your Friend

How To Sell Self-Published Books: One At A Time



My Top 5 Online Tools

3 Things I’m Not Doing Anymore

Shooting for the Moon (Or, Don’t Just Listen to Me)

Why, For Me,Print Will Never Be Extinct [Freshly-Pressed!]

Speak Now: Earn Money from Self-Publishing by Talking About It

Writer/Blogger? You May Need a Contact Page Intervention


My Recommended Accessories to Self-Publishing

Averill Buchanan (editor)

Robert Doran (editor)

Sarah Franklin (editor)

Design for Writers (cover design) (e-book conversion/distribution)

Bar Italia Nespresso-compatible capsules (caffeine)


Wouldn’t it be easier to read this? I think so…

For maximum procrastination, here’s a list of ALL my self-printing-themed posts. Please note warnings above re: these spanning four years plus.


  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!


  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?

  5. authorangelachristinaarcher December 30, 2014 at 19:07 #

    So glad I found this blog. Two of my titles are under a publisher, but this year I wanted to try to publish one by myself. Once again, I’m back to feeling like a newbie. :)

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