Once upon a time I self-published two light-hearted travel memoirs and then the obligatory ‘how to’ about how I did it, i.e. the self-publishing, not the travelling. These books are no longer available and the hundreds of blog posts I wrote about the subject between 2010-2013 are now probably quite out of date, but I’ve left the blog posts here for you to browse.
Don’t know where to start? Don’t know your KDP from your DRM? These are the droids that you’re looking for… In these posts you’ll find out how I found out everything I know about self-publishing (warning: my answer is a tad sarcastic), how to quickly and easily sort out that darn US tax withholding thing … Continue reading WHAT THE FUDGE?
I know that what was missing from my own self-publishing adventures was an overview: someone sitting me down at the start and telling me what was going to happen, when and how exhausting it would all be. Self-publishers tend to get caught up in the technical details, but some of the biggest mistakes you can … Continue reading The Bigger Picture
Spoiler alert: there is absolutely nothing you can say to me that will make me say, “Yes, you’re right. You don’t need an editor!” You absolutely do unless your book has no words in it. It isn’t a luxury – it’s a requirement. As the saying I once saw on Twitter and can’t remember the … Continue reading Just Get a Damn Editor, Okay?
People get unduly annoyed about the fact that we have to fill out any forms at all pertaining to US tax withholdings (i.e. the bit the IRS will keep from your royalties unless you fill out that form) but I have no time for the red-tape moaners. It’s amazing that the world’s biggest online retailer … Continue reading US Tax Withholding
Looking to solve a particular problem or brave enough to delve into the details of how self-publishing works? Then these posts are for you. Here, you’ll find links to popular pitfalls, e-book formatting instructions and the joy/migraine of inserting page numbers and running heads into a MS Word document so you can make your own … Continue reading Nuts and Bolts
Ah, yes… The little matter of selling copies of that book you so beautifully self-published. When it comes to self-publishing success, I’ve rarely come across authors who didn’t embrace social media as the ultimate free tool for selling books. Of course, it only works when you don’t use it to sell books. Confused? Have a … Continue reading Selling and Social Media
The posts that didn’t really fit in anywhere else: my top 5 online tools, things I used to do at the beginning of my self-publishing misadventures but don’t see the need to anymore, taking tips not from self-published superstars but from the bestselling authors in the world, earning money from a sideline of speaking engagements … Continue reading Miscellaneous
No man is an island and no self-publisher should go it alone. They should, however, be their own project manager – you want to keep some “self” in your self-publishing after all. Here are the lovely people who helped me with things like copyediting and proof-reading, cover design and e-book conversion. Tell them I sent … Continue reading Your Self-Publishing Team