Several years ago, I wrote a self-publishing guide titled Self-publishing Made Simple: A How-to Guide for the Non-tech-savvy Among Us. My goal was to help up-and-coming authors avoid some of the pitfalls and tough lessons many of us have learned along the way.
From the Table of Contents:
Self-publishing for the Non-tech-savvy Among Us: An Introduction
Self-publishing or Traditional: Research, Research, Research
Self-publishing: Business Odds and Ends
Ebooks: What Are the Options?
Kindle Direct Publishing: Pros, Cons, Royalties and Payments
Draft2Digital: Pros, Cons, Royalties and Payments
Smashwords: Pros, Cons, Royalties and Payments
Formatting in Microsoft Word for Kindle Direct Publishing and Draft2Digital
Paperbacks: What Are the Options?
KDP Print (formerly CreateSpace) vs. IngramSpark
ISBNs, Barcodes, Copyright, Library of Congress, and Alexa Rankings
How Not to Sell A Book
A Final Word
About the Author
I removed the guide from publication several years ago for a couple of reasons. First, the world of self-publishing went through an incredibly fast period of change and growth for a few years, and I wasn’t able to keep up and revise as often as was needed.
Second, because of the various roles I have in the writing/publishing community, I receive questions on a fairly consistent basis and instead of typing out long responses, it was often easier to just attach the PDF and say, “Here. Read this.”
Because I want to repay those who paved the way ahead of my own self-publishing journey, I’m now making it available to anyone who wants it. Download and share as you see fit; just don’t try to republish or claim it as your own. *Looks over glasses and wags finger*
You may download Melinda’s guide to self-publishing here.
15 thoughts on “A Gift from Us to You Courtesy of Melinda Clayton”
Awesome sauce. Thank you, Melinda.
You’re very welcome. 🙂
A big thank you to Melinda Clayton, that is so generous! Thanks also to K.S. Brooks for facilitating this.
Now about this idea of republishing or claiming it as one’s own… really? I guess there are a few people out there, somewhere, who might be that desperate; but for me, creativity, success and originality are all part of the same dream, so what would be the point?
I think that is true for the vast majority of writers, however it does bear stating the obvious, for what can best be called the minority. I’m it was said while looking over your glasses with the wagging finger! 😉
It’s actually happened to me twice within the first 15 years of my career, so…. anyway, you’re welcome! 🙂
Mostly joshing. 🙂 But like K.S. Brooks said, it does unfortunately happen. In my previous career I used to design trainings and workshops for agencies serving people with developmental disabilities. One day I received a marketing packet in the mail – full of MY materials – from a workshop presenter inviting me to her workshop. I sent her a thank you note for returning my materials to me and included a copy of my copyright registration. That workshop she was getting ready to present never did happen. Wonder why. 😉
OMG that’s horrible, Melinda. I’m glad you were able to put a stop to it. How do you copyright a workshop? Is it the same as a book?
I arranged all of my workshop materials into one big document (basically a book with headings for each workshop) and registered it that way. I don’t remember how much it cost back then, but these days I think it’d be $55 (more than one work by one author).
Thank you so much, so kind of you. 🙂
You’re welcome, Marje!
Thank you for such a thoughtful contribution. I do appreciate it, very much.
You’re welcome, Mike!
Thank you for your generosity!
Thanks, Melinda! Very kind of you to do this. I’ve passed it on.
Wonderful – thanks, Joni!
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