Here are a few resources from my books that I’m making free for everyone. Note that these are offered without warranty. They are intended to save you time. In some circumstances you may need to modify them to meet your needs.
Publishing Gold consists of 5 volumes.
- The Indie Writer’s Philosophy—currently available—this book covers the business mindset that will set a writer up for success.
- The Indie Writer’s Presence—currently available—how to create a web presence that helps you find and grow your audience.
- The Indie Writer’s Phraseology—currently available—a mini-dictionary for indie writers that explains techniques, tools, and terminology common to the industry.
- The Indie Writer’s Power Tools—currently available—a short course in HTML and CSS that sets the writer up for success in blogging and formatting the modern epub. While writers may still choose to hire professional formatting artists, this book will help them avoid common headaches and give them the ability to tackle common issues without fear.
- The Indie Writer’s Practical Guide to Publishing—currently available—a step-by-step guide to choosing which distributors to work with and preparing the manuscript to meet their requirements.
All 5 books have been updated to reflect the changes in the industry over the last few months and the website changes that take effect in January 2017. Anyone who has purchased the books in the past can download the books again and will receive the updated versions.
Book 5 contains extensive links to a wide variety of distributors, making it unable to be released on Amazon. It is only available through Smashwords and any of their extended distribution venues that choose to carry it.
Links to additional resources are an integral part of this series. For this reason, the series will only be available in electronic formats.
I made a stunning mistake. I wrote a book that can’t be published.
It takes skill to be that amazingly shortsighted.
Especially given that I’m an indie publisher!
I’ve taught classes on indie publishing, both one-on-one and in group settings, for years. There are thousands of books out there on the subject. But I came to see that what my students needed—what most writers needed—was a simplified walk-thru, a step-by-step guide. As many times as I’ve gone through the process of helping an author turn their book from a newly conceived idea into something they can hold and touch and sell, I couldn’t believe there wasn’t one comprehensive book on the market. I decided to write a book to walk you through everything. One book that would cover how to get your book produced, published, and distributed to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and in print world-wide.
I thought it would be really helpful to have an ebook that linked you to different vetted sources for more information as well as showed you exactly where to go to sign up on each major platform, and then helped you know which buttons to push once you got there. It would be like publishing a book with your friend the publisher standing over your shoulder saying, “now push that…go there…you’re done!”
And that’s how I came to write a book that could not be published.
What Went Wrong
It is amazing to me that I didn’t see the problem before I went to all the trouble of writing the book. When I started to get it ready for distribution, cold reality hit.
Distribution is where the magic happens in publishing. Distribution takes the book or epub from your computer and delivers it to the vendors’ websites so that customers can buy the book. Amazon and iTunes are well-known distributors. Smashwords or Lightning Source (one of the most powerful in the business).
I’d committed an unforgivable sin in the eyes of not one, but all of my distributors: I’d written a book that talked about all of them, weighed their pros and cons, and linked to useful information.
The links caused the problem. You see, each distribution contract forbids linking to other distributors.
I understand that in the terms of selling books. Of course they don’t want links to other vendors in their books. I would never include a link to buy a book on Barnes and Noble in a book intended for sale on Amazon. That is just obvious. But it turns out the “no linking” policy extends to linking to other vendors even if you aren’t suggesting buying from them, but selling through them.
Now my all-in-one guide will be a series, with parts of it only available on my website. I’ll also make a master set available on my website for the highly motivated souls who want all the puzzle pieces in one box.
Stay tuned. Cover reveals coming soon.
Update: the series of books are available individually or in a set from Smashwords.