These are key resources from the DIY Publishing classes hosted by Waverly Fitzgerald and Annie Pearson, through 2016.
Templates and Resources
- DIY Publishing Project Planning Template
- Metadata Planning Template
- DIY Publishing Accounts Spreadsheet
- DIY Print-on-Demand template
- Plus detailed task lists
Basic DIY Resources
Working with Editors
Third-party resources for finding and working with editors:
- Northwest Independent Editors Guild at http://www.edsguild.org/
— Search Guild’s Member Directory
— Post a Job Request for Guild Members to Respond
- Editorial Freelancers Association at http://www.the-efa.org/
- One writer’s view: “Why I Want an Editor Who Isn’t an Author”
Working with Designers and Production Services
Third-party resources for finding and working with designers:
- Search the web for “indie publishing cover artists”
- Cover designers list from Joanna Penn
Third-party resources for finding and working with production services:
- Alliance of Independent Authors Services Directory
- JW Manus QA Production — Quick look for checking competitive prices)
- Reedsy at https://reedsy.com/ — Create an account as an author and describe your project for professional editors, designers, and marketers to bid.
- http://selfpublish.org/ — Comprehensive services. You’ll find the web site provides clear details about their services, in addition to several free tutorials, so you can determine whether the business style is a right fit for you.
Creating a Social Media Presence
Third-party insights on audience reach:
- How to Use Facebook Ads to Sell Books (Mark Dawson)
- Randy Fishkin at 2016 Digital Book World – tactics for book marketing on the web
- Peter McCarthy – notes at Digital Book World on audience reach
- Summary of the Digital Book World conference content from Jane Friedman
Making Choices as a Publisher
Pen Name? Business Name?
(queries from our DIY publishing classes)
Third-party FAQs for vendor decisions:
- CreateSpace vs. Ingram Spark – from Karen Myers
- Using CreateSpace and Ingram Spark Together (identifying pitfalls)
- ISBN FAQ – from TheBookDesigner
- POD and eBook Distributor Comparisons – BookBub
eBookstores — Author Sites
Aggregator/Distributors for Publishing eBooks
Understanding Search and Rankings for Ebooks on Amazon
- Mythbusting The Amazon Algorithm – Reviews and Ranking For Authors (part 1)
- Mythbusting The Amazon Algorithm Part II: Amazon Lists, Products, and Sales (part 2)
- Amazon SEO Tactics: Because Amazon is A Search Engine Too
- Make Your Book More Discoverable with Keywords
- KDP Metadata guidelines
Tip: Create Test Entries in Publishing Accounts
This tip comes from a question in the July 2015 class.
First, create your accounts — as noted in an earlier post, you can change the business name later. The details in your account on Amazon (for Kindle publishing), CreateSpace, or Ingram Spark do not appear with your book and its related data.
As soon as you create an account, you can find help and other resources on those sites.
You can also practice creating entries for books – even generate a sample proof from the POD vendor – without committing to publishing.
For example, I keep a Test Book entry on CreateSpace that I use to test possible covers for books, and determine exact page count of manuscripts in early stages.
So: jump in and do it:
- Create your account on your chosen vendor platforms.
- Create a Test Book entry, so you are comfortable with all the data-entry decisions.
- Do not click the final button.
It’s nearly impossible to publish a book by mistake. Most of the tools will ask: “Really? Are you sure?” and then “Tell us again you’re sure” and then “Unless you click Cancel now…”