There has never been a better time to self-publish your book. You may already have a book in the making without realizing it. That blog you've been lovingly curating for years? It could be made into a book. All those long-form inspirational Facebook and Instagram posts that your fans love? Also could become a book. That stack of journals you've accumulated since college? You get the idea.
As a creative entrepreneur you already have oodles of ideas and writing that could be the basis of a self-published book. And now more than ever, self-publishing is mainstream. It's not associated with "vanity press" as it may have been (rightly or wrongly) 15 years ago. There are more self-publishing platforms, resources, and distributors to choose from, both print and ebook (and audiobook formats are taking off in a big way now too).
I'm here to help.
I've put together my favourite resources on a variety of topics to help writers navigate the self-publishing process.
Writing and Motivation
Top 5 Books on Writing:
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King
Write Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg
Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott
The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle, by Steven Pressfield
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron
Blogs that Will Motivate You To Keep Writing (and not be so hard on yourself)
Here are the top self-publishing channels (distributors and aggregators) for indie authors:
KDP Direct Publishing (KDP) for ebook selling. KDP Select is when authors choose to publish exclusively through Amazon for 90 days. Readers will be able to find their ebooks in the Kindle Unlimited platform, exclusive to KDP Select authors.
Barnes and Noble (they own the Nook tablet)
Barnes & Noble Press is a self-publishing platform, updated and streamlined version of Nook Press). You will be able to sell directly online and see your books in their B&N stores.
Platform for print-on-demand and ebook publishing. Their print-on-demand division is Lightning Source.
IngramSpark is a great gateway for offline selling, getting your books into bookstores and libraries. It connects your book to every major ebook retailer in the world, like Amazon Kindle, iBooks, Kobo and emerging retailers.