Self-publishing Tips For New Authors

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Recently, I was asked by fellow blogger and friend Annika Perry how to fill in tax details for publishing on Kindle KDP. I messaged Annika the link below via twitter and this encouraged me to write this post to help others with some of the painstaking detail of self-publishing.

Here is the link :

KDP Tax interview:
https://catherineryanhoward.com/taxinterview

I have been collecting many other links which might be useful to people considering self-publishing. Most of these are related to publishing on Amazon Kindle:

Size of artwork for books: http://www.wordhook.com/publishing/correct-ebook-cover-dimensions/

http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/how-to-format-your-ebook/

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/kindle-ebook-formatting-example/

https://litworldinterviews.com/2015/07/02/how-to-create-a-ncx-table-of-contents-for-amazon-upload-using-calibre/

If you need to sign word documents this is useful:

http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/self-publish-book-amazon-kindle-kdp/#format

To make a table of contents use bookmark, typing the titles of each chapter heading briefly without any spaces.

 

Further self publishing links:

https://janefriedman.com/self-publish-your-book/

Ways to earn money by publishing online serially:

Tapas – A Serial Publishing Platform That Earns Money for Indie Creators via Jane Friedman

http://kindleformatting.com/faq.php

http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2015/04/28/how-to-use-custom-fonts-with-kindles-embed-fonts-in-kindle-ebooks/

How to embed fonts – this is only for paperback: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2984714/software-productivity/how-to-embed-fonts-in-word-documents-so-they-stay-even-if-you-send-the-file.html

How to schedule a free kindle kdp promotion: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A34IQ0W14ZKXM9

How to add kdp select:

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A6KILDRNSCOBA?ref_=_faq

How to do a kindle countdown deal:

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A3288N75MH14B8

How to add your details to Amazon Author Central. I made a bit of a mess of this to begin with, so this one is an important one to get right!

https://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk/gp/home

And the Creative Penn is an invaluable resource as are all the following links:

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/how-to-self-publish-an-ebook/

https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/introducing-readerlinks-and-author-helper/

http://www.thesitsgirls.com/make-money/how-to-make-a-media-kit/
https://richardankers.com/writers-resources/
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/285059/how-to-create-a-table-of-contents-by-marking-text-in-word

http://www.aliventures.com/formatting-microsoft-word-for-kindle/

Huffington Post Legal Issues in Self Publishing What Authors Need To Know

Oh, and ideas for marketing!!!

https://watchingthedaisies.com/2017/11/22/free-marketing-resources-for-new-authors/

Please feel free to add further links and tips to the comment box below, many thanks.

 

Bye for now, hope I got my facts right!

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Digital Marketing The Possibilities Are Endless

 

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Recently I joined in the Futurelearn Digital Marketing Course. Why you might ask? Well, I figure that any help that I can get to help me get my book published has to be worth investigating. And,  I’m a bit of a perpetual student, I love learning!   I’m no expert, in fact I’m a bit of a novice, but here are some suggested links from the course and a few more that I found myself that I think may be of interest:

Free digital media guides to  create, manage, deliver and use digital media. http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/guides

Temporary text hosting:

http://pastie.org/

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Learn how to be an authorpreneur! http://thefutureofink.com/authorpreneur/

‘Padlet Walls’  places to share media like images or text with other learners. http://padlet.com/

‘Welcome to the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world.’ Padlet is free to use, does not require you  create an account, and works on most devices including desktop, mobile and tablet.

Photos

 

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Learn about using photos on google plus. http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/photos/

‘Capture and Share the World’s Moments’:  http://instagram.com/#

‘Inspiring photography. Share and connect with the Flickr Community.Stunning photos made easy. All your pictures in one place.’: https://www.flickr.com/

https://www.dropbox.com/

“Easily share photos and videos right from the Dropbox website. Share a link to a single photo or an entire album you’ve created, such as for a special event. Anyone who receives the link can take a look, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account. “https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/498

‘Join Pinterest to find (and save) all of the things that inspire you.’ https://www.pinterest.com/

Pin interest basics: https://help.pinterest.com/en/articles/add-edit-or-delete-pin#how’P

‘Your images have never looked better. Unlimited uploads. Unlimited space. Safeguard your high-res photos in the cloud.’  http://imageshack.us/

VIDEO

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No doubt we all know about youtube: https://www.youtube.com/

But, there is also Vimeo: Watch, upload, and share videos : https://vimeo.com/

Facebook and Google groups:

How to create a FB group: https://www.facebook.com/help/167970719931213/?q=how+to+create+a+page&sid=0OK4UtwGVxhISdfMo

‘You can use Google Groups to share information and interact with people who have your passion for a particular hobby, interest, or organization. And you can also share documents and send calendar invites to a group so you don’t have to list people individually.’ https://support.google.com/groups/answer/2464926?hl=en

‘You can use Google+ communities to find other people who share your passion for a particular hobby, interest or organisation. And if no-one’s started a community for what you care about, you can create your own.’ Creating a google + community: https://support.google.com/plus/answer/2872671?hl=en-GB

Facebook groups recommended by award winning author Dianne Harman http://dianneharman.com/blog/five-facebook-groups-i-recommend/

 

Or you may prefer LinkedIn. I tend to associate this one with business, but I suppose plenty authors, use it too.

https://www.linkedin.com/

Enterprise social network:

‘Yammer is a private social network that helps employees collaborate across departments, locations and business apps.’ : https://www.yammer.com/

 

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On-line conversation:

‘Neat Chat is the easiest and fastest way to have an online conversation with a group of friends or colleagues. No signups or software installs are required. You simply use a web browser to communicate via Neat Chat’. : http://www.neatchat.com/

‘Schedule. Manage. Measure’:

https://hootsuite.com/

Simon Fogg’s links:

Building Your Platform: Michael Hyatt: https://plus.google.com/+SimonFogg/posts/3QyY5HgwmNC

Podcast: “How to Write Web Copy That Sells”, Ray Edwards: https://plus.google.com/+SimonFogg/posts/HFQMigFwUS1

Storytelling Ads: Social Media is Sweet: A Hootsuite Story: https://plus.google.com/+SimonFogg/posts/eVpUcDdRXwF

“The 5 Elements of a Powerful, Personal Brand”, Michael Hyatt: https://plus.google.com/+SimonFogg/posts/NAMEGiFSuvN

 

 A couple of links I discovered via fellow Futurelearners:
 Amusing marketing approach by Ikea, found the link via Louise Hoffmann, fellow futurelearner : ‘Experience the power of a bookbook.’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOXQo7nURs0
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More writers resources, Memes, and Blog Hops

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Continuing on from my previous Writers resources, Memes and Hashtags:  http://mjmallon.com/2014/09/11/writers-resources-and-memes/

Here are some more Writer’s resources, Memes, Blog Hops,  Challenges, and Promotional ideas that have caught my eye:

Writer’s resources

Lots of helpful writer resources worth checking out on Elsie Elmore’s blog: http://elsieelmore.com/writers-

and more on Abby Reed’s blog: http://abbyjreed.com/resources-for-writers/resources-a-helpful-list/

Great tips from author Shannon Donnelly about common dialogue mistakes: http://www.romance-ffp.com/the-seven-most-common-dialogue-mistakes/

Lots of tips from Derek Haines on promoting self published books: http://www.derekhaines.ch/justpublishing/10-ideas-to-promote-self-published-books/

Lots of information about WordPress. http://apanache.wordpress.com/about-me/wordpress-tips/

Different blogs that host writing prompts: http://kattermonran.com/2014/10/07/the-world-is-a-stage-and-it-is-time-to-tell-your-story

Memes:

Novel Nostalgias is a weekly feature/meme held every Thursday at Gwen & Kate’s and Along the Same Lines As… is a weekly feature/meme held every Sunday at Gwen & Kate’s Library. http://gwenkatelibrary.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/gwen-kates-1-year-anniversary/comment-page-1/#comment-318

Silver Threading has a Writer’s Quote Wednesday : http://silverthreading.com/2015/02/18/writers-quote-wednesdaydowager-countess-of-grantham-downton-abbey-2015-8/comment-page-1/#comment-11052

Blog hop:

Why I write blog hop

This blog hop was  created by http://follyandbloom.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/the-folly-bloom-blog-hop/

I originally found it via Amandas nose in a book! http://amandasnoseinabook.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/why-i-write/ why I write blog hop.

Word Porn!

Words that you just don’t come across on a daily basis but that doesn’t stop them from being beguiling:

http://ramblingsonthewall.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/word-porn-wednesday-basorexia/

Bookish and Not so Bookish!

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts #9   http://lipsyy.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/bookish-and-not-so-bookish-thoughts-9/

“Bookish (and not so bookish Thoughts) is a round-up of your week, in and out of book world. A place to store your thoughts, and basically anything you’d like to share on your blog.”  Hosted by http://bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.co.uk/

Sites about professional paid book reviews:

http://www.apennyearned.co.uk/reviews.html

http://www.friendsandmoney.co.uk/paid-reviews.php

http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Reviewer_Vacancies

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/about/careers/

Challenges:

To Be Read Pile Challenge. “The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months)” http://tasseledbooks.com/2013/12/17/2014-tbr-pile-challenge/ Hosted by http://roofbeamreader.com/tbr-pile-challenge

Around the world in 12  books challenge, different levels of participation available at : http://www.giraffedays.com/?p=18795/

Feeling Thankful?

Thankful blogging thoughts: http://serinssphere.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/10-things-of-thankful-15/

Thunderclap:

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“Thunderclap is a tool that lets a message be heard when you and your friends say it together. Think of it as an “online flash mob.” Join a Thunderclap, and you and others will share the same message at the same time, spreading an idea through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr that cannot be ignored.”

Thunderclap promotional device:  https://www.thunderclap.it/faq

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