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“Do you want to successfully self-publish? 

There are thousands of new books being published every day, but many self-published books quickly sink to the bottom of the pile. 

Many authors are frustrated because there are so many options for self-publishing, and they don’t know which one to choose or what will be best for their book. 

Others spend thousands of dollars to publish and end up broken-hearted with the result. 

But it doesn’t have to be this way. 

I’ve spent the last seven years self-publishing bestselling fiction and non-fiction books and in 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur. I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way, but through the process of self-publishing 17 books, I’ve learned the most effective way to publish and market your books. In this book, I’ll share everything with you. 

The book includes: 
– What you need to know before you self-publish 
– Why self-publishing an ebook is a good idea 
– How to format an ebook 
– Exclusivity and going direct 
– How to self-publish an ebook 
– Why self-publish a print book 
– Print-on-demand will change your life 
– What you need to know before you print 
– How to self-publish a print book 
– What to do if you want help with the publishing process 
– After self-publishing 
– How much does it cost to self-publish? 
– How do you get paid when you self-publish? 
– Book marketing principles 
– How to market fiction 
– How to market non-fiction 

Plus, links to more useful resources. 

If you’re ready to successfully self-publish, then download a sample or buy now. “

Book Review: Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn

What I thought:

(what is it with so many non-fiction books having larger-than-life blurbs?)

Successful Self-Publishing is a great book for all indie authors, but I will say that, if you have self-published before, you won’t need the first 50%. I can split it into two sections:

The first 50%: great for new writers who’ve never self-published before and don’t know how to get their books into online retailers like Amazon. This half is a little outdated because CreateSpace is no longer a thing, so keep that in mind and maybe skip that chapter. The rest is super useful if you’re new to this.

The second 50%: the bits I bought it for, which is mostly about marketing.

I picked up on a few interesting bits here that I’m excited to try, such as joining a free promotion when I’m struggling to get reviews and some new ideas for my author website, which I’ve already begun to implement.

There’s a chapter for marketing fiction and a chapter for marketing non-fiction, so you’re likely to find something no matter your category.

It’s a short book, so you can get through it even if you don’t have much time to spare.

If you’re new to writing and haven’t self-published before, this could be a great introduction for you!

If you have done it before, I think there are better books out there with more info that focus entirely on marketing. Like me, you’ll probably find a few things to try, but I don’t think there’s anything I haven’t seen before in blog posts or other books.

So, to summarise: I’d recommend this to a writer new to self-publishing and marketing, but if you’ve done your marketing research and published before I’d say find something that focuses more on marketing and throws something different into the mix. I promise to find something to recommend soon, so you don’t have to keep looking <3

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    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Thank you, and you’re welcome! I’ll have the next one soon ^-^

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