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. This list is getting long, so here's a handy index to find your way around.
Conscious Style Guide: The essential guide to conscious language to help writers and editors think critically about using language—including words, portrayals, framing, and representation—to empower instead of limit. In one place, you can access style guides covering terminology for various communities and find links to key articles debating usage.
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.