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 Stephen Pressfield
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron
I'm also sort of a fiend for habits and productivity. Here a few favourites:
James Clear's website for his treasure trove of articles. His new book Atomic Habits is also highly recommended.
Scrivener -- Best-selling writing software that helps you write your first draft and move through revisions seamlessly. ProWritingAid -- Grammar checker and style editor, kind of like a personal writing coach.
Fictionary -- Online story editing tool for fiction. It allows you to visualize your story arc and evaluate your story scene by scene.
AutoCrit -- Online editing tool that gives recommendations for improving writing, with a focus on genre-specific analysis.
Hemmingway Editor -- Use this great app to write as boldly and clearly as Hemmingway. It will flag all sorts of useful areas to rewrite and finesse.
Evernote -- Useful tool for collecting and managing all your notes. I use it for outlining especially.
Canva -- Free social media and graphic design tool.
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.