Blog Series: DIY Publishing

Why DIY publishing

I used to think there were only 2 paths to publication: “Self” Publishing and Traditional Publishing. Then I was looking for some references online for Enchanted Storms and googled “self publishing” and discovered it’s not always defined the way I meant it. Turns out, there’s actually 3 paths to publication: Traditional Publishing, “Self” Publishing and […]

Posted May 2, 2016 by A J in Publishing
DIY Publishing Overview

Ready to start your DIY Publishing journey? Here’s a quick overview of the steps involved in getting your book out into the world. You can also drill into any task to get more details on how and why. Write the book. I know, it’s obvious but I don’t recommend starting any of the below until after […]

Posted May 17, 2016 by A J in Publishing
DIY Publishing: Privacy

So you’ve written a spectacular book and are ready to share it with the world. Rock on! DIY Publishing is all about taking the reins of your career and not waiting for permission to share your art. Hold on for just a moment though. As tempting as it is to hit that shiny Publish button, […]

Posted May 30, 2016 by A J in Publishing
DIY Author Branding

Every author needs to think about branding, whether you’re a DIY Publisher, a hybrid author or traditionally published. Because no matter how you’re published, you’re going to work hard for people to discover your book. Consistent author branding makes it easier for people to find you in lots of places, makes it easier for them […]

Posted June 13, 2016 by A J in Business, Marketing
DIY Synopsis

When you publish your books yourself, you enjoy a great deal of freedom and creative control.  You also have to do every. single. thing. yourself.  Including writing the synopsis for your book. The tricky thing is, there is no way to tell you exactly how to do that since what you end up with varies from […]

Posted June 27, 2016 by A J in Publishing
DIY Book Cover

We all know we judge books by their covers. Whether your browsing through Goodreads, skimming over ebooks, or drifting through the library a good cover makes you want to read the synopsis. It can convince you a book might be more interesting than it sounds. When you’ve got a rockin’ novel, you want an equally […]

Posted July 11, 2016 by A J in Publishing
DIY Book Front Matter and Back Matter

You’ve got your manuscript in top shape, but there’s more to a book than the story when your publishing it yourself. While you may have never heard of book front matter or back matter (who decided on “matter” anyway) they’re the first step to turn your hard work into a professional book. First, you need […]

Posted August 1, 2016 by A J in Publishing
DIY Book Format

When most people think about DIY publishing, formatting the ebook is possibly the biggest void they’re unsure of. It’s actually a lot simpler than you might expect (sooo much easier than formatting your paperback), but kinda boring to discuss. For the most part, formatting your ebook is removing formatting more than anything else. Because in […]

Posted August 15, 2016 by A J in Publishing
DIY Publish Your EBook

When it comes to the “publishing” in DIY Publishing, you’ve already done most of the hard parts. Now that you’ve got all the pieces in place, there’s only two steps to publishing your ebook. Create Ebook Files The easiest way to create ebook files is to leverage software that will do it for you. Download […]

Posted August 29, 2016 by A J in Publishing
DIY Publish Your Paperback

The great thing about paperback publishing is, with the ability to make your book available to the major book distributors, the only difference between you and a traditional publisher is your level of professionalism. While most authors who turn publisher are daunted by the idea of creating an ebook, I’m sorry to say that publishing […]

Posted September 5, 2016 by A J in Publishing