I’ve talked to a few people in the last 48 hours who have mentioned they are reading this blog for ideas on how to publish their book. I figured a better way maybe instead of me doing all the writing, but instead share what I have read and am currently reading.
APE, Author-Publisher-Entrepreneur came out after I was well on my way finishing the first Kevin book. It covers the whole process from the writing, to the publishing, to the marketing part. It is written by Guy Kawasaki, who a major tech player, having once been a Chief Apple Evangelist and himself has over 1 million twitter followers.
One thing I disagree with him on is a social media presence. He suggests getting that started before anything. I wouldn’t agree with that. Write your book, but also work on developing your audience, which could include a large social media following.
But still the best book on the whole process from beginning to end.
This is another entry in how to publish. David Gaughran is an Irish writer who has a great blog on the subject. His book doesn’t have as much on the promotion end as the Kawasaki book does, but still tells you step by step what to do.
Be the Monkey, doesn’t really tell you how to publish, but it does the best job explaining about what is going on in the publishing world. Both writers are best-selling authors with traditional contracts who have gone the indie route. That alone speaks volumes of the publishing industry.
Websites and Blogs
Here is a list of some great blogs by writers who are doing the indie publishing thing.
James Altucher’s writing is what got me to thinking about self-publishing. He has books published both traditionally and self-published. This post from 2011 is probably what got the ball rolling for me. His blog is wonderful for things beyond writing. It was his blog where I discovered the phrase “choose yourself.” But that’s for another post.
Let’s Go Digital is David Gaughran’s blog who wrote the above Let’s Get Digital. Great info about the industry and how to get your name out.
Failure Ahoy is the blog of Edward Robertson who has several self published scifi books out. He does an unbelievable job digging into the nitty-gritty of the Amazon store’s algorithm.
Dean Wesley Smith is a former traditionally published author who now indie publishes. (Noticing a pattern?) He does online workshops for people, which I have not done, but his experience that he passes on is great.
A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing is written by Joe Konrath who helped write the above Be the Monkey. See this post on his blog about a writer who used to publish thrillers through Harlequin but now does them on her own. See where I am going with this?
Barry Eisler apparently used to be an actual James Bond, expect that he is an American. And has been writing spy novels for years, now he has taken back the rights to his books and published them on his own. Great resources here.
Hugh Howley is the writer of the Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 – 5) (Silo Saga)
. His self published series has been bought by 20th century fox to make into a movie with Ridley Scott directing. So there you go.
Anyway that is what I currently reading about this new world. The online community is very helpful. I am also a part of the A.P.E. community on Google+. Great community.
I am making this whole thing up as I go, and the more we share together the better. We are all in this together.
P.S. yes the above Amazon links are affiliates, I make a little money if you buy through those links. That doesn’t make a bad person, other things do.