Of course I want to share with everyone exactly what I've learned about self publishing, but first why I chose this route:
- The first edition of the book is intended for a small audience
- Making money is not my prime motivation at this stage
- I wanted to experience self-publishing
But Dr. Phd was wrong and besides, he just trying to steer me into his graduate courses... as though making a living with a Master's in Philosophy was easy...
Recently, I have cast off this man's discouragement and taken a serious look at small presses. After a conversation with Jamie DeBree, an owner of a small press and a writer who I greatly admire, I realized that my only barrier to starting a small press was the advice I received years ago. However, I am the sort of individual who breaks every grand endeavor into manageable stages and before I decided to commit to bringing this dream back from the ashes, I needed to know more about self-publishing, so I decided to self-publish something (doesn't Peevish Penman Press sound good?).
I solicited contributions for a compilation of writer wisdom and humor, which we've titled, "The Handbook for the Writer-Secret-Society." With fifty-eight pages, illustrations, and a glossary, the work was both a serious but highly enjoyable creation.
I had never used Microsoft styles before, but after a few random youtube lessons, I understood everything I needed to add headings, page numbers, tables of content, and cover pages. The writing began to look professional. Artistic talent has always been my great fortune so I added illustrations, chose a stylish font, and organized the layout. Then, from Microsoft Word on my MacBook, I printed a pdf file.
*Please forgive the grainy appearance of this page, it was converted from a pdf to a png just for this demonstration. Lulu and Amazon offer two popular self-publishing services. I chose LuLu, which was when the process of publishing became simple:
- Add Title
- Have ISBN Assigned
- Upload pdf File
- Upload Image
- Add Information: Description, Keywords, etc
- Choose Digital Rights Management or Don't
- Set Price
Today, writing the book is the difficult part, publishing it is not.Of course, now that I have self-published my first book, I need to sell it and market it and though that is normally a strenuous and nerve wracking endeavor for the average self-published writer... I've thought of a clever way around it. Before it's offered publicly this January, if you either tweet this page or follow with either google or facebook or subscribe to the RSS... then comment below and/or email me at email@example.com ... I will send a free copy of the first edition.
In the book is a collection of author secrets from all parts of the United States to England to New Zealand and public details of inner workings of the writer-secret-society. It's not a how-to-write, there is no style manual or grammar rules, but instead a book on everything else that goes into creating an writer out of someone who writes.
After January, the official first edition will be available for $11.99. And after January, I'll have more updates on my self-publishing experience to share.