Announcing: New SELF-PRINTED Shorts (And a Story About an E-mail)

Two things about Self-Printed that happened over the weekend: (i) I got the most amazing e-mail ever and (ii) I released three new 99c e-books, called Self-Printed Shorts.

The e-mail was from Nicola Morgan, who I’m sure many of you know from her blog, Help! I Need a Publisher!, her Twitter feed and her staggering number of (traditionally) published books. When I think of common sense and the publishing world, her name is the first one that comes to mind, and I am in total awe of all her accomplishments, including a novel, Wastedthat was nominated for a Carnegie Medal, one of the highest accolades – if not the highest – a children’s book can get. So when I saw her name pop up in my inbox, I assumed it had to be a different Nicola Morgan. But no, it was her, and the message was about Self-Printed which unbeknownst to me, Nicola had been reading. To cut a slightly longer than that story short, I am ecstatic (and slightly giddy) to now have this glowing endorsement for my book:

“An exceptional breath of realism, real knowledge and hard experience – don’t dream of self-publishing your book without it. This is the self-publishing guide to read if you actually care about the quality of your writing and your readers.”

–Nicola Morgan, award-winning author of 90 books – including the Carnegie-nominated WASTED and WRITE TO BE PUBLISHED – and the blog Help! I Need a Publisher!

How fantastic is that?! Thank you so much, Nicola!

So now onto Self-Printed Shorts. The idea is that instead of buying Self-Printed for $2.99 and paying for everything I’ve learned about self-publishing, you can just hand over 99c (or 69p)* for the information that you need. For instance, if you’ve already self-published, you don’t need the sections about how to use CreateSpace, Amazon KDP or Smashwords, but you might want to read the bits about how I promoted my book. Or maybe you already have a paperback and you just want the e-book bits. Or you already have an e-book and you just want the paperback bits. Or maybe-

Well, you get the idea.

They are three Self-Printed Shorts. They are:

Publish a Print On Demand Paperback

It includes the following sections from Self-Printed:

  • Why Self-Printing?
  • Preparation
  • Publishing a POD Paperback with CreateSpace.

It’s just 99c for Kindle on and 69p for Kindle on

Publish an E-book

It includes the following sections from Self-Printed:

  • Why Self-Printing?
  • Preparation
  • Publishing an E-book (with Smashwords and Amazon KDP).

It’s just 99c for Kindle on  and 69p for Kindle on

Sell Your Book With Social Media

It includes the following sections from Self-Printed:

  • Why Self-Printing?
  • Building an Online Platform
  • Launching Your Book (Online).

It’s just 99c for Kindle on  and 69p for Kindle on

*Thanks to VAT and “international delivery” (cracks me up every time), prices may vary in other Kindle stores. If you’d rather read the full-length book, it’s $2.99 in e-book or $15.95 in paperback (but Amazon are currently selling it at 28% off, or $11.28). Find out more about it and see other buying options on

8 thoughts on “Announcing: New SELF-PRINTED Shorts (And a Story About an E-mail)

  1. diannegreenlay says:

    Catherine, I want to thank you so much for capturing all of your hard-earned knowledge in the area of self-publishing into this one great book. I bought the soft cover from Amazon, because I still find a real book easier to refer frequently back to, than an ebook (which is fine format for me to read fiction by , but not as a reference book).

    As an added bonus, Canada has a postal strike on, so your book came to me by courier in less than three day after ordering it! By normal postal service it usually takes 10 days or more to get something from the US to Canada, where I live. I was thrilled.

    I’ve checked your book out briefly and am a little overwhelmed with the vast amount of information it contains. It seems very well laid out and I am looking forward to devouring it. I just hope my brain can hold it all!

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      Thanks so much for buying it Dianne! I’ll admit – the table of contents does look a bit scary but remember I’m telling you everything in one go. You won’t need to do it all at once! 🙂 And I too definitely prefer print books for reference, especially if you want to make notes or have a certain section to hand while you’re doing a task. Hope you find it helpful!

      • diannegreenlay says:

        I can’t wait to learn all that I can from it! One of the anchors around my neck ( ha ha I write pirate fiction but no pun intended!) slowing me down on my WIP is not the storyline or characters, but rather the unmade decisions of how/when/with whom to publish the MS. Your book is a wonderful resource and will help me with all of these questions!
        PS – I read Mousetrapped too, and greatly enjoyed it.

        • catherineryanhoward says:

          Well you’ll be glad to know that’s one of the first things I address: the when. And since the point of my book is “here are the best options if you want to get a paperback and e-book out there cheaply but without sacrificing quality or availability” instead of “here’s all the millions of options available to you – up to you which one you want”, it might help you whittle down the choices somewhat. Let me know how you get on! 🙂

  2. L. Pep Wu says:

    Did I ever tell you how much I love your cover? Because I really do. It stays in my mind. Congrats on the great endorsement! I’ll be buying a short this week 🙂

  3. says:

    Awesome – love the shorts! I didn’t buy the original Self-Published because I figured it had a lot of info in it I already knew and didn’t need. I will be buying the social media short tonight though! Hooray – and great thinking on your part!

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      Thank you! It wasn’t actually my idea – it was’s Vanessa (@inkwellHQ on Twitter) that suggested breaking it down into smaller sections because you said, you may already know how to self-publish an e-book or whatever and therefore not want to pay for the whole book. Hope you find it useful! 🙂

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