As I mentioned in The Only Thing Worse Than Being A Broke Ass Indie Writer , I have decided to take the plunge and start self publishing rather than dreaming (and never even talking about) wanting to write.
Having a supportive (as in slave driver who never shuts up) partner massively helped in this endeavor. Our practice run (as in a mini guidebook to help us work out formatting kinks and see how the whole process actually works) went out on Amazon today! It has been on Smashwords for about a week, but more on that later. This post is to give you three resources for those thinking of taking the plunge, two are for free, and one is a mere $4.99 and worth every penny! (and other than an affiliate link linking to the book I am not paid to say that).
What this post is not about is if you should self publish or not. Many others have done that and covered it better. It is the 3 resources that I think are invaluable once you decide to take the plunge, and the paid one is the best (and I do save the best for last).
First up is Ruth Norton’s Where’s The Money?. The best part is that it is targeted at the shy writer. That means even those of us who do not have a German pushing and promoting your work, you can find tips on how to promote your book. There are grammar mistakes, but it is free, and the info is great, so keep that in mind if you are distracted bey the occasional error. (As I am hardly queen of grammar, I will not hold it against anyone).
The next is Smashwords Book Marketing Guide. Again it is free, and a lot of the information is simple and easy to use, some of it you will have thought of (like all your Facebook options), others like HARO you may never have even known existed.
But the best is Zoe Winters honest and open Smart Self Publishing: Becoming An Indie Author. This one is $4.99 (US) and you pay for the extra value that the other two can not give.
If the first two are great resources on how to promote your self published work, Winters actually helps you go about it. In great detail she outlines what you need to do, how you do it, and the pros and cons of the various options (paper vs e book, etc). It is worth the money for that alone.
In addition to the overview of how to go about promoting your blog, Winters deals with the ickie issues of self publishing. And I am not talking about self promotion for the introvert, but rather the double edge sword of success and chasing your dreams.
Not everyone is going to love your work. End of story. That does not change if you are self published or backed by a NY publisher.
But she also helps you deal with the backlash that comes with being an author (of any kind). As in STOP letting them stop you from doing what you love. People love to watch you fail (it distracts them from their own failures), but in the end Winters has a great point; they have a much sadder life than you do if they have nothing better to do than gloat about your setbacks.
And there will be setbacks, and the more success comes your way the harder the setbacks can be it deal with. Instead of quitting you need to work harder (or smarter).
So if you have decided to go for it, I applaud you, and get these books to help you out. If you decide to go the traditional route I still applaud you and I still recommend them. You will still need to work on your marketing and Winters has a very open approach to being a public figure in the book world.