self-publishing news and advice 11th July 2018

This week, among other things, Debbie Young brings us a book production tip – How and Why to Use Both CreateSpace and Ingram Spark to Self-publish Print Books – and A Special Free Offer for ALLi Members

Other Self-Publishing Advice

Dan Holloway makes a spirited case for the power of the prologue in modern fiction – and explains why so many authors abhor it in our Writing piece, Why the Prologue Deserves a Place in Modern Indie Fiction 

David Penny & Debbie Young kick off the first of 2018’s AskALLi Members’ Self-Publishing Q&A. Questions included:

  • How do I stop my margins jumping about when formatting my book in Word?
  • How do you position your book in the marketplace when rebranding and relaunching the 2nd edition version?
  • How do you choose your categories when your book is in a narrow niche?
  • How do you market a book if you want to use a pseudonym?
  • Should I use a paid service called Indie Book Reviewers website?
  • I find Facebook Ads daunting, are there simple resources and instructions available?

In our Book Marketing piece, Rachel McCollin, technical author of reference books about WordPress, will answer some of the most common questions about WordPress and how to get the most from it – How to Build a WordPress Author Website and Use it Build a Mailing List

We bring you our first Sunday Self-publishing Success Story of the year – Canadian author Eve Langlais, NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of Hot Romance

Our Opinion piece is a case study by English novelist Suzy Howlett, who makes it clear that it is possible to place your book successfully and profitably on the shelves of your local bookstore – Why Bother with Local Bookshops? Suzy Howlett’s Success Story

And finally, as always, we come to Dan Holloway’s regular indie author news round-up. This week he comes back to a regular topic – copyright. He also brings us what traditional publishers and Smashwords believe will shape 2018, announces the launch of Publaunch crowdfunding site, latest figures for Barns & Noble and news from the Arabic language market.

If you’re interested in writing or self-publishing, you might like to join our Alliance of Independent Authors. And if you’d like to look at my self-published work, you’ll find it here