Self- publishing can be bewildering. While it offers exciting potential, getting a book in print and out into the world and then attracting readers via marketing can be overwhelming. There are content and editing challenges, formatting and printing challenges — and managing it all cost-efficiently isn’t easy.
That’s why Hank Quense’s comprehensive guide is so valuable. It takes you step-by-step through every stage of the self-publishing process, from planning and editing your content through printing and promotion. Everything is laid out for you in clear, easy to understand language and charts — it’s really one-stop publication preparation. This is the best practical, nuts-and-bolts resource I’ve seen on self-publishing.
~ Karin Abarbanel
These valuable guides will give you the tools you need to tackle that self-publishing project you’ve been thinking of for ages. Though tons of writers self-publish these days, it’s not always easy to know how to go about it. That’s why Quense put together a series of books that will give you the scoop on what you need to know. As you read through each book in the series, you’ll find that some of the information is helpful even if you’re not self-published.
Having published numerous books and dozens of short stories and articles, Quense has the expertise to share project management and business ideas that you can use in your writing business every day to help you work more efficiently and have a plan for today and the future. Before you take another step in the process, read this book.
~ Cheryl Malandrinos
Edition #87 January 28 – 2017
THE COMPLETE SELF-PUBLISHING GUIDE
By Hank Quense
From the Foreword
Recently, I read an article by a renowned author who claimed that self- publishing is easy. You just upload the cover and manuscript files, and the book is done.
Technically, this is correct, but it is also facetious. The statement ignores the thorny issues involved in getting the manuscript prepared and into a proper format so that it can be uploaded.
Ignoring the vital preparation steps means the book — no matter how great the content — will look amateurish. Such a book will get few recommendations from readers and won’t pick up any highly rated reviews.
One final argument about the need to do all this preparation work: when the book is published, your name is on it.
The ‘easy’ statement above also ignores the difficult process of marketing a book. That marketing process is doubly difficult when the author is unknown and is impossible when the book screams “Amateur.”
The purpose of the Self-publishing Guides is to explain the procedures involved in publishing and marketing a book. The more an author knows about these processes and procedures, the less likely he or she will fall prey to the scammers who swarm around new self-published authors.
One more comment; publishing a book means you have a business. The mission of that business is to sell the book. From this, it follows that the publishing decisions you have to make should be business decisions, not ego-driven decisions.
This book is based on years of experience. I have six novels, three collections of short fiction and a series called Fiction Writing Guides. My first two books were put out by a small indie press house. I now have my own imprint, Strange Worlds Publishing.
This book is a collection of the four books in the Self-publishing Guides. Those four books were published as stand-alone books. Compiling them here necessarily results in a bit of duplication. I have removed much of the duplication, but some remains because to remove it would cause confusion in the reader.
Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories. He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing.
He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with a few dozen articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject.
He is currently working on a third book in his Princess Moxie series, humorous novels that take place in the Camelot era.
His next book, available April 1, 2017, is called Creating Stories. It has everything Hank knows about writing fiction.
He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.
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