Self-publishing is a field that lots of people have gotten into over the last decade. Some have done so well, others have failed. Learn how to manage your project—find the services that you need and decideif you can DIY parts of the book production and marketing yourself. Discover ways to make your book stand out from the crowd.
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Publishing and project management
- Why use a self-publishing service instead of going it alone?
- What is an ISBN and how many do I need?
- What companies should I register my new book with?
- What publishing brand should I use when I self-publish my book?
- What should go on the publishing details page of my book?
- What is front matter and back matter?
- How do I maintain creative control over my book?
- How to avoid the self-published look
- How long will it take?
- How do I get my book published?
- What software should I use to write my book?
- What’s involved in writing a book?
- How do I protect my idea from being stolen?
Graphics and self-publishing
Book design for print and ebooks
- What’s involved in designing a book for print?
- Can you turn my ebook into a printed book?
- Is my own layout in Microsoft Word good enough to print as a book?
- What size should my book be?
- How long does it take to typeset a book ready for print?
- The importance of design choices in book publishing
Printing books and distributing them worldwide
- What are the major types of ebook and why would I need them?
- What will happen if I load my print PDF to Amazon?
- Can I use free ebook conversion software to create my ebook files?
- Should I go for a reflowing ebook or a fixed layout?
- Can my hard copy book be turned into an ebook?
- What is ebook quality assurance and why would I need it?
- How long does it take to create and test and ebook file?
- Troubleshooting Ebooks in the Amazon Kindle App for iOS
- How to manage freelancers to produce a better book
- Can you make my ebook accessible for people with a disability like blindness?
Marketing books globally
- Writing for the readers
- Identifying the best target market for your book
- Book meta-data optimisation
- The all-important author platform
- Why every author needs a graphic designer
- How authors can use social media banners and ads
- How to get professional book reviews
- Timing for book release and marketing
- Advertising your new book
- How do you sell books?
- Distribution and marketing printed books and ebooks
- Getting the links to your ebook right
- How to get my ebook to appear higher up in search results