A quick look at self-publishing

Earlier this year I took a great little course from the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) on self-publishing for editors. As part of my coursework, I put together a quick “beginner’s guide” to a few of the better websites on self-publishing. Enjoy!

Great Websites for Beginners

Get started by exploring the websites below. These beginner-friendly websites will give you a great overview of self-publishing without being overwhelming.

  • The Book Designer. Don’t let the name of this site fool you. While site owner Joel Friedlander’s main focus is book design, this site is a treasure-trove of information on all things self-publishing, including a free, downloadable introduction that’s perfect for beginners.
  • Jane Friedman. Friedman, a former publisher at Writers Digest, offers lots of great advice on all aspects of self-publishing and marketing, including developing a platform, creating a website, writing a blog, and more. Friedman also writes regularly on the future of books and writing.
  • PW Select. A special section of Publishers Weekly devoted to self-publishing, PW Select is a trusted source of articles, book reviews, and other resources. The book reviews are especially important for knowing what’s working—and what’s not— in self-publishing today.

The Self-Publishing Process

As with traditional publishing, self-publishing is a complex process involving many players. Of course, since ebooks have come on the scene and the number of ways we can read books has multiplied, things are more complicated than ever.

In the same EFA course, I explored some of the basic steps involved in self-publishing. I’ll tackle that in my next post. In the meantime, thanks for visiting!

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