PressThis: Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book | Jane Friedman #MondayBlogs #selfpublishing


Hello everyone. I hope your weekend went well. Today’s post is for anyone who is looking to get into the self-publishing world. Getting straight to the point because I don’t take up too much of your time, the links below will take you straight to it. Or, if you like, you can click or tap the Source link to read the article in its entirety.

It’s very informative and I find the article to be helpful especially with more in-depth additional links inside the article. I’m not an expert on self-publishing nor have I started yet, though the article is long but has tools you’ll need to help you through the publishing process.

Take a look and check it out. I hope it can help you. Anyone who would like to add in the comments and/or links to additional resources, please do so. Have a safe day.


This is an introductory guide to the major self-publishing options available to authors today, and how to choose the right service for you.

Just as traditional publishing has transformed due to the rise of ebooks, today’s self-publishing market has transformed as well. Most self-published authors earn the bulk of their money from ebook sales. Furthermore, 85% or more of all US ebook sales happen through a single online retailer, Amazon. Anyone can make their ebook and print book available for sale in the most important market—Amazon—without paying a cent upfront.

That means the full-service POD publishers that used to make a killing are now largely irrelevant to most self-publishing success, even though you’ll find them advertising against Google search results for “self-publishing.” Don’t be immediately lured in; first understand your options, explained below…

  1. A Quick History of Self-Publishing
  2. The Most Common Ways to Self-Publish Today
  3. Self-Publishing: The DIY Approach I Recommend
  4. How Ebook Self-Publishing Services Work
  5. Creating Ebook Files
  6. How to Self-Publish a Print Book
  7. Investing in a Print Run: Yes or No?
  8. Print-on-Demand Recommendations
  9. Maximizing Your Book Sales
  10. More Resources

Source: Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book | Jane Friedman

PressThis: How to Become a Travel Writer (seriously)


For a little over a year, I have thought about traveling since it’s something that I love to do but don’t get a chance to… hardly. I always wanted to explore the world, nationally and internationally since I was a young girl.

For those of you who have been following me a while, you know I love to write. Writing is a lifelong passion of mines and a way of life. Anyway, although I am working hard on my craft, to get my content, stories, etc out there, I’m not giving up. Some things been going on and I won’t speak negative on them.

I am, though, considering other ways, just haven’t started, though I am sharing what I researched for anyone who may be thinking about trying travel writing out.

I’ve included a preview below on tips for becoming a travel writer. You can click on the link to learn more. Hope this helps anyone.


How to become a travel writer.
1. Read.

Start reading and don’t stop.

Read all the “greats,” but don’t skip the more obscure writers. Read magazines. Get yourself a library card if you don’t have one, and if you can’t do that, check Google Books and Google Magazines.

The idea isn’t to imitate, but to simply know what — what genres, what styles, what writers — came before you, as well as who your contemporaries are.

2. Redefine the genre of travel writing.

“Travel writing” includes hotel reviews and destination guides, published in guidebooks and in glossy travel magazines. But travel writing’s more than service pieces.

Check out this genre-busting, long-format narrative by Porter Fox. Or this blog postu by multi-genre writer Elizabeth Eslami, which I’d categorize as “place-based writing.”

In a way, all movement and all settling is travel, and so the stories we tell about these experiences are “travel writing” in the broadest sense of the word. Even if some editors don’t see it that way.

3. Start a blog.

In the not-so-distant past, a writer had to have a decent portfolio of publication credits to be considered a “travel writer,” and certainly to be published in a glossy mag.

Not so anymore.

Thousands of writers have published their writing primarily or exclusively on their blogs. Some have gotten book deals. Some have gotten print gigs. Some get offers of free travel. And some get nothing more than the recognition that their writing means something to a random reader who stumbled across their blog doing a Google search.

Not sure how to get started? Check out Matador’s stockpile of blogging tips.

4. Develop your online presence.

Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms to connect with other writers, editors, and readers.

5. Build a network, online and off.

Start your blog, set up a Facebook and Twitter account, but make sure you get offline, too. Stories and relationships don’t develop best through a screen. That only happens at ground level.

MatadorU hosts frequent workshops and events around the world.

6. Travel. But not just to “exotic” places.

You’ve got a 9-5’er. You’ve got kids. You’ve got debt. You’ve got no money. You’ve got an expired passport.

What you’ve got are excuses. A walk beyond your front door is travel. The only thing you need for a trip is curiosity.

Click the link below to read 22 tips for becoming a travel writer.

Source: How to become a travel writer (seriously)

PressThis: In 2019, Let Love Change You


Image Credit: Derrick Freske

 


Start believing that you deserve so much more and that you deserve to be happy.

 

A lot of people say that pain changes people. Well, I can’t argue with that. But just so you know, love can be as powerful enough to change people too.

In 2019, don’t just learn but do love yourself. Start treating yourself better. Put everything that you learn in 2018 to action. Be kinder to yourself, because loving yourself starts from you and not from anyone else. Don’t let the negativities around and within you define you as a person. Believe in yourself more, because you can do it. God will strengthen you. Start believing that you deserve so much more and that you deserve to be happy.

In 2019, stop fixating yourself into something temporary. Stop lying to yourself that almost relationships can be worth a try or loving someone who ghosts you is worth the risk because they are not worth it. Instead of wasting your time and affection to those people, invest more to the people who have been there for you all this time. Because those people are the ones who should matter and they deserve to be valued. Be grateful for these people, because they are God’s blessings to you.

In 2019, put more effort into what matters you the most. Life is short to begin with, so stop procrastinating and start living your life to the fullest. Do what makes your heart and soul feel so light and easy. Put your passion into work and create something others can’t do. Don’t let the world dictate what you need to do and achieve by this time, it’s your life and only you can tell what you want and need. Just put your faith in Him and keep on doing you.

In 2019, let love do the work. Let yourself be free from all of the baggage you’ve been carrying all these years. Believe that you will heal from everything that keeps you from hurting too much. Forgive yourself from committing mistakes and failing countless times. Learn how to be softer to yourself and start loving your imperfections. Love yourself first before loving someone else, because how can you give love to others if you haven’t given it to yourself. Be the person who is capable of loving, because this world needs more people like you…

Source: In 2019, Let Love Change You

PressThis: The Complete Guide to Ebook Publishing Platforms • Reedsy #MondayBlogs #indiepublishing



Before I had shared an article from Reedsy all about writing, editing, marketing, etc. your novel. If you are interested in self-publishing, please check the link above and click on the source link.

In this post, they covered the fundamental on eBook publishing and distribution. Please do check them out if interested in learning more about getting your novel out there in an eBook format and the best way to go with it.

The list of contents below are what they covered:

Contents

What you need before you publish: formats, ISBNs & more
Amazon exclusivity vs “going wide”
Ebook publishing platforms and retailers
Infographic: Reedsy’s recommended ebook distribution setup
Comparative table of royalties by publishing platform and retailer
Gearing up for your launch: setting up pre-orders, metadata, and pricing


What are the best ebook publishing platforms? How can you get your book on all ebook stores? We cover everything you need to know about ebook distribution.
Source: The Complete Guide to Ebook Publishing Platforms • Reedsy

PressThis: How to Self-Publish a Book: The Sweet Science of Indie Publishing #MondayBlogs #publishing #indieauthors



Hi everyone! How was your weekend? Over the last few days, well, actually, over the last several months ago, I’ve been researching about independent publishing. It seem like the best route to go than with an agency. But, which ever route you choose is up to you.

Reedsy is a company that helps authors with editing and such. I had came across their blog about self-publishing through an email. It is a guide for authors who decides to take that route. It’s long, informative, and has a breakdown on each step to take. (Below are the steps they covered.)
Whether you publish on CreateSpaceIngramSpark, both, or BookBaby, the info Reedsy provided can help you out a lot, and save you a lot of time and money. Please do check it out.

Below are the areas of self publishing they covered:

  • Bypassing the Gatekeepers: Advantages of Self-Publishing
  • Two Common Approaches to Self-Publishing
  • Write the Book
  • Edit the Manuscript
  • Design the Cover and Format the Interior
  • Publish as an eBook and in Print
  • Master the Kindle Store (and Other Retailers)
  • Market Your Book Effectively
  • Create an Awesome Launch Plan
  • The Dollars and Cents
  • Additional Resources

 


Learning how to self-publish a book has never been simpler. Follow these steps and find out how to become the next indie publishing sensation by writing, editing, and marketing your book properly.

Source: How to Self-Publish a Book: The Sweet Science of Indie Publishing