Jan-Feb Issue of Self-Publisher’s Monthly

SPM_coverIt’s that time again! Don’t forget to go to your favorite ebook outlet and pick up this month’s copy of Self-Publisher’s Monthly. This month is full of all sorts of great information writers can use, all for the low, low price of 99 cents! It’s a bargain you can’t afford to be without!

This month’s issue includes:

Using Microsoft Word’s “Track Changes” Feature as an Editing Tool by yours truly

What is “Do-It-Yourself Publishing” by Danny O. Snow

Connect with “Influencers” and Sell More Books by Rachel Thompson

Six Steps to Generating a Powerful Marketing Message for your Book by Scott Flora

Seven Common Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing Your Manuscript for POD Publication by Joel Friedlander

Institutional Buyers and How They Can Benefit Your Book by Shel Horowitz

Book Awards Increase Sales by Dan Poynter

Live Links to Freebies and Useful Resources

Don’t miss this and all the other issues of this terrific publication!

Nov-Dec Issue Self-Publisher’s Monthly!

SPM_coverThe new issue of Self-Publisher’s Monthly is out! Why am I excited? Well, not only am I a contributing editor to this fine publication, but every month, you are treated to a plethora (yes, I said plethora!) of fine articles on the art of publishing your own work.

This month’s issue offers some great advice on promotion, tightening your writing, publishers, learning to sell, how print-on-demand printing and distribution works, how to maximize Amazon’s new Matchbox and Countdown programs, how much indie authors can realistically make from their books, and more! :)

You’re getting off the cuff advice from people in the self-publishing trenches like Rachel Thompson, Scott Flora, Danny Snow, Joel Friedlander, Dan Poynter, and Florrie Kichler, and me.

Aaaaaaand… the publishers of SPM are offering a contest to win an ebook publishing package from Self-Publishers Monthly! All you have to do to enter is email an order confirmation of any issue in 2013 from Amazon, Apple, Nook, Smashwords, or any other bookseller to newsdesk@u-publish.com with the phrase “e-Book Publishing Drawing” in the subject line. How awesome is that?

I’d say you get a lot for a measly 99 cents. If you haven’t checked it out before, you really should.

You can get your latest copy here: http://www.selfpublishersmonthly.com

Are You a Professional Author?

Are you a professional author? Are you self-published? Are you a professional if you self-publish? Some people seem to think that if you self-publish, you are not a professional. I beg to differ. With the big publishing houses taking fewer chances on new writers, the chances of being picked up and published is smaller than ever. What is a writer to do? They could wait it out, forever revising and resubmitting their book. Or, they could self-publish. While self-publishing used to have a stigma, this is changing.

I was thinking about all of this the other day when I read an interesting blog post today at The Self Publishing Revolution that got me to thinking. The author brought up an excellent question: Are all self-published authors amateurs?

I agree with the author of the blog post; I don’t think you’re an amateur just because you self-published. However, I have a caveat on this. To be considered a professional, you must present your material in a professional manner. This means the book must be put together properly with all the appropriate front matter in the right order. The text of the book must be set up in a standard format making it easy to read. The book must be edited properly to eliminate misspellings and grammatical problems. Since you are self-published, all of this falls on you, the author.

When I buy a book by one of the big publishers and see errors in them (and I do see this… we’re currently reading one out loud to the kids and there are errors that should have been caught before publication), I get rather irate. In that case, it isn’t the author’s fault because the publisher takes responsibility to edit and produce the book.

In almost every industry, professionals are expected to present themselves and their work in a professional manner, and I don’t think that self-publishing is any different. I admit that I have bought self-published books that seriously needed the attention of an editor. In each case, the author hemmed and hawed about the errors and insisted that they were getting these problems fixed. Since I’m not going to pay for another copy, I don’t know if they ever fixed them or not.

If you are putting yourself on the line, make the effort worth it. Hire an editor to polish your work before you publish.