5 Books to Read If You Want to Self-Publish

books for self publishing

  1. Platform by Michael Hyatt – Everyone who wants to get their message to an audience needs to read this book, but especially authors who want to self-publish. Platform building has to happen as you write so when you finish, there will be an audience to buy your book.
  2. On Writing by Stephen King – There are lots of books to inspire readers, and this is one of my favorites. (Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson are two other good ones.)
  3. Tribes by Seth Godin – Part of platform building is finding your audience, or as Godin calls them, your tribe. It’s all about connecting your message with people who will be passionate about it and share it with their friends, and so on and so on.
  4. Self-Publish by Erin Ulrich and Teri Lynne Underwood – A guide that will take you step-by-step through the process. I don’t know if a book as helpful as this one.
  5. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon – A quick read for the days you get stuck and need a push to keep going.

Need more ideas or inspiration? Check out my series, 31 Days of Books for Writers.

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Why We Write until It’s Right

I’ve heard writers say, “I hope my readers can hear my heart” or “I hope they get the point of what I’m trying to say.” I usually hear this when I ask if they want a second round of edits and they are explaining why they don’t. Or, even why they have decided not to hire an editor at all.

We all hope our readers understand what we’re saying. But the truth is, every mistake is a distraction. If I read a blog post and a period is on the outside of the quotation marks, I get distracted. I miss the point of the sentence because I’m thinking, “Is this person Canadian or British? Is that why she is doing it this way? Or does she not know it’s wrong? And if she isn’t taking time to learn this basic writing rule, what else in her writing may be wrong?”

We follow grammar and punctuation rules to minimize distractions from the point of our writing.

Perfection is ultimately the goal, so we write until it’s right. Most grammar and punctuation rules are as black and white as math facts. We want our writing to be clear, concise, and correct so our readers can get the point or get lost in the story, without distraction. 

My Resolution for 2014: To Make Your Resolution Happen

My Resolution for 2014: Help Make Your Dream of Writing a Book Come True - nextstepediting.com

Tis the season for resolutions. For one word goals. For filling up blank calendar pages and creating long to-do lists.

My #1 resolution as we kick off 2014? To help make your resolution happen.

You’ve always wanted to write a book. You have a story to share. And this is your year. This is the year you will write a book.

After you write it, you’ll want to publish it. You’ll need some help. You can only read your own words so many times before they start blurring together. You start reading what you meant to write instead of what you actually wrote. I can help.

Writing a book is different from writing on your blog or writing in your Moleskin. The rules are different. The formatting is different. The expectations are different. I can help.

Hundreds of writers will achieve their life-long dream of writing books in 2014. To stand out among them, your book needs to be the best it can be. I can help. 

I can make your writing better. I can make you a better writer.

If you’re ready right now to check my editing availability, you can email me at sandra@nextstepediting.com. If you’re still making your dream to write a book come true, connect with me on Facebook for encouragement and tips.

This is your year to make it happen. I can help.


2014: The Year You Write a Book

I’m going to give it to you straight–you are out of excuses for not writing and publishing your own book. Let me see if I can talk you out of relying on your two favorite reasons it hasn’t happened yet:

Reason #1, you don’t have time. You can find more time. I know you don’t think it’s that simple, but it can be. You can write a book in 15 minutes a day. Or one month.  Cut out evening TV or wake up an hour earlier. Write on your lunch break. Get the words out of your head and onto paper or screen.

Reason #2, you don’t have money to invest in it. If money is the biggest issues holding you back, you can check out books on grammarpublishing, and marketing from your library and write the very best book you can on your own. You can convert your Word document into a PDF, sell it on your website, and start making money immediately. You can invest what you make back into your book and hire an editor, formatter, and cover designer to get it ready for e-publishing formats like the Kindle. Then take those profits and publish it in paperback using CreateSpace or a print-on-demand service. Use those profits to publish your second book.

It has never been easier. The only thing stopping you right now is yourself.

Ignore the small voice in your head that’s supplying all the excuses. Make 2014 the year you write a book. Or even two.

31 Days of Books for Writers: Self-Publish by Ulrich and Underwood

If you are self-publishing, you need this book. It covers every step of the process, from book title to marketing. It also includes pages of worksheets to guide you. Erin and Teri Lynne have helped dozens of authors self-publish, and they can help you too.

“What makes a good self-published book? Content. Design. Audience. Marketing. When all four of these components converge, the likelihood of success is far greater than when you cut and paste a series of semi-popular blog posts into a Word document, slap a cover on it, add a “Buy Now” button on your blog, and try to sell it.” Self Publish: Moving from Idea to Product by Erin Ulrich and Teri Lynne Underwood

31 Days of Books for Writers: Self-Publish by Ulrich and Underwood