It’s #SelfPrintedSplash Day! (and it comes with PRIZES!)

oldpostHappy #SelfPrintedSplash Day!

The Self-Printed Splash, if you’re not familiar, is a stupid idea I had [I’m typing these words at 2.36am on the morning of said splash, when I have something like 20 responses left to go and Gmail has decided to stop letting me in and there’s only so much coffee a person can drink – hence the stupid bit] to launch the third edition of Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing.


I invited people to ask me their burning self-publishing question and I answered it under the condition that they’d post it to their blog, Twitter feed or Facebook page today, and in exchange they would get a digital copy of Self-Printed. Come Monday I will be posting links to all the participants’ published questions and answers right here and I’ll be revealing the winners of the Random Participant Wins This and Best Question Asked awards, for which there will be small but fun prizes.

Today however, you can do these things:

1. Follow the #selfprintedsplash on Twitter

I’ve asked all the participants to tweet links to the Q&As if they can, so do follow the #selfprintedsplash hash-tag on Twitter if you’re in need of a procrastination activity today.

2. Win an aMAHzing prize!

The fantastically lovely (and patient!) people at eBookPartnership have given me an aMAHzing prize: a conversion and distribution package worth LOTS that’s valid until December 2016!


For your chance to win, leave a comment on this blog before midnight GMT on Monday 27th October.

The winner will be picked at random and everyone will be VERY jealous of you. You can find out more about eBookPartnership on their website.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Barbara Forte Abate who the Random Number Generator deemed the winner! Now, get finishing your book…! 😀

3. Buy Self-Printed 3.0 (if, you know, you want to)

Self-Printed 3.0 is out now! It’s available in paperback and Kindle editions on and the other ones, and other e-book formats will be available soon.

Don’t forget that you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. If you have a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone you can download the free Kindle Reading App.


It’s on here and here.

Here are some nice things some people have said about it:

  • Self-Printed is my self-publishing bible. It taught me how to format, create and upload my e-books and print-on-demand paperbacks. It showed me practical things such as how to build a website/blog and how to promote my books. More importantly, it taught me how to compete with the professionals. Just look at the results – The Estate Series has sold nearly 100,000 copies and following that I got a traditional book deal with Thomas & Mercer too, so I’m now a hybrid author. Jam-packed full of hints and tips all in one place, I’m always referring back to it. In a word, it’s priceless.” – Mel Sherratt, author of The Estate Series and DS Allie Shenton Series  [and we’ll have a blog post from Mel to entertain us this weekend – stay tuned!]
  • “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, author of around 100 books – including Write to be Published (and other writing advice on her website, award-winning YA novels such as Wastedand books on the teenage brain and stress.
  • “[Self-Printed has] been my bible! Whenever anyone asks me for a tip on self-publishing, I tell them to go buy it. I had it in digital version first and then in paperback so I could have it open next to the laptop.” – Kitty French, USA Today bestselling author of The Knight Series
  • “The BEST book on self-publishing … Seriously, GET THIS NOW!” – David Wright, co-author of the bestselling Yesterday’s Gone series
  • “It’s authoritative, engaging, and, like [Catherine’s] blog, caffeinated. If you’re thinking of self-publishing and you want to give your book a great start in life, get Self-Printed.” – Roz Morris, author of Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence
  • “When I decided to self-publish my work, I didn’t have the faintest idea how to do it. Fortunately, I came across Catherine Ryan Howard’s guide to encourage, push, and prod me through the process. I doubt I would have achieved the success I’ve experienced without her down-to-earth, practical, meanwhile-here-in-the-real-world advice. I recommend Self-Printed to every writer I meet.” – Martin Turnbull, author of the Garden of Allah novels, recently optioned by the producer of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm
  • “The best thing about Catherine is that she not only lives the dream, but offers you a stepladder up to join her. The advice she gives is utterly practical – because she’s done what she describes – and the whole [book] is suffused with humour. I am a fan.” – Associate Professor Alison Baverstock, author of Is There a Book in You…? and Course Leader, MA Publishing, Kingston University (UK)
  •  “Catherine explains clearly and concisely how to make self-publishing work for you. Laugh-out-loud funny in places, this book covers everything you need to know to make your book a success.”– Vanessa O’Loughlin, founder of

Did you pre-order Self-Printed?

P.S. Did you pre-order the Kindle edition? It was in lock out for the 10 days prior to publication and in that 10 day period I discovered a change with the tax situation that I was then able to update in the post-publication Kindle and paperback editions. The newest version says “Version 3.1” in the copyright notice. If you bought a Kindle edition and it does not say that, please e-mail me at info[at] with proof of purchase and I will hopefully be able to send you a free Kindle edition of the newest update. (Amazon basically demands a blood sample before they push a new version out to customers, and who has the time?)

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win the aMAHzing eBookPartnership prize! If you can’t think of anything, tell me: what’s your coffee order?

40 thoughts on “It’s #SelfPrintedSplash Day! (and it comes with PRIZES!)

  1. Joanne Clancy says:

    Best of luck with the splash, Catherine 😉 I’ve blogged, tweeted and Facebooked about it. Fab prize!! You’re already ranked no.9 at Amazon UK 🙂

  2. Jaimie says:

    Congrats, Catherine! Good luck with the new edition, and thank you for answering my question for the splash!

    My coffee order is: tea! Always, always tea!

  3. Jon (Jerry) Laiche says:

    Congratulations on your big splash day! I really enjoyed doing this and “to flog a dead horse” ( I always wanted to actually use that metaphor), this little project taught me more about using social media than I have learned trying to figure it out while using it over the past four years. So once again thanks for the experience. I’d like a large latte in a big ceramic cup with three Splenda. I’ll put the Splenda in myself. Oh, BTW, your reply was spot on. Thanks again.

  4. geraldine says:

    Sounds essential reading, Catherine. I’m just off to write a short piece on my blog and I’ll do the tweet and fb things.

    Good luck with it!

  5. geraldine says:

    Reblogged this on geraldineevansbooks and commented:
    This sounds like the very book I’ve been searching for since I started my indie life.

    I don’t know about you, but there are still a few questions I’d like answered even though I’ve been doing this now since the autumn of 2010.

    There’s always so much to learn and keep on top of as changes come with such rapidity in this modern publishing age we need all the help we can get.

  6. Barbara Forte Abate says:

    Yoo Hoo! BIG congratulations on your splash day! I am one of those previous Self Printed groupies with a much dog-eared, book marked, highlighted copy from the previous printing and can attest to it’s indispensable value. So no exaggeration when I say how thrilled I am to dash over to Amazon and grab up this shiny new edition. And while Kindle is lovely, this is the type of book I most like to have in paper, if only because it so nicely holds at least a bazillion post-it notes for immediate access!

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      Congratulations Barbara – the random number generator has declared YOU the winner of the eBookPartnership package! I’ll pass you details onto them and they’ll be in touch! 😀

  7. Ralph says:

    Hi Catherine 😀

    As I have never written a book or anything of any sense, if I do win the prize I would like you to give it to an author you know who could never afford one in a million years, unless, of course, he/she becomes rich & famous when he/she can pass this forward.

    I really only stopped by for the coffee (and a cookie) 😉 ❤

  8. Joel D Canfield says:

    I wish I’d met you when the 1st edition came out. Better late than never. My crack team of social media specialists is promoting this like the boss’s nephew.

    Highland Grog: it’s an eggnog flavored dark dark roast, all smoky custardy scotchlike.

  9. K D Room says:

    Hi Catherine,

    I purchased the 2nd edition earlier this year and my blog exists because of it, oh ok you! Now have the 3rd edition, e-book version purchased on the 16th October for about the price of a pint, cheers. I’m now about half-way through it and as ever you entertain, educate and wind me up by going on a bit but I wouldn’t have it any other way, it’s you and good for us. I have to say I think you may be mellowing! Anyway congratulations on this your special day, you make a difference, thank you

  10. Kimberly says:

    Oh, wahoo! I’m going to buy myself the print version! I just found out about your awesomeness and your awesome book from Sarah Negovetich! Wish I knew about your book when I published my first book!

  11. Nicholas C. Rossis says:

    Congrats! So… this book has 100K words *and* exclamation marks?! I, for one, am sold. 😀

    Seriously, I am. It sounds like you tackle a tricky subject with gusto. And I love your sense of humour! 🙂

  12. christinasnow says:

    Self-printed absolutely is my BIBLE for self-publishing. Every time I am ready to release a book, your book comes out to help guide me through the process. And I’ve given countless copies away to other writers who are considering going the self-pub route. I love that there’s a new edition out. *running to Amazon to order now* Thank you so much for the guidance and amazing book, Catherine!! smiles…

  13. bridget whelan says:

    I would love to win the very generous prize almost as much as I want to read your new book Catherine (but the latter is in my control, so I will, I will…) Don’t hate me but I can’t really drink coffee any more (back in the day it used to be strong Americano) but on special occasions I will have a mocha. With all that cream? Ah, go on then. And marshmallows? No, I draw the line at marhmallows….

  14. sallyparkrubin says:

    Here was my tweet: My question is: What about book pricing on digital? Seems that people want something for virtually free. $2.99? #selfprintedsplash Thank you, as ever, for your insights in all this. Love your blog. Sally

  15. Franny Fearnby says:

    I was thrilled to be able to take part in the Splash! The new version is packed full of good stuff, especially using KDP and Social Media.

    I learned so much just by taking part!
    And it has been fascinating seeing others questions and websites, some great places out there.

    Mine’s Double Dark with a hint of cream…

  16. debrajohnson says:

    Congrats on the new edition of the book! I plan to grab a copy. I’ve been following your blog for years now…it’s about time! Oh, and around this time of year, I’m a sucker for a Pumpkin-Spiced Latte!

  17. Sarah Negovetich says:

    Congrats on the new edition. I’m enjoying it tremendously. Also, after fighting all week with my Mobi file I can see just how valuable a conversion company might be.

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