1. SolZephyr

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    Books/Guides on Self-Publishing

    Discussion in 'Self-Publishing' started by SolZephyr, Nov 29, 2019.

    I've decided that I'm definitely going the self-publishing route. I've looked at a few blogs/articles about how to succeed and seen a few books, but I was wondering if there are any specific resources people here would recommend. I'm especially looking for advice on developing a personal website.

    Also, would anyone recommend keeping my author persona separate (e.g. unable to be linked to my DeviantArt/YouTube accounts)? Thanks!
     
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    Okay, well does anyone have an opinion about The Global Indie Author? I know it's a few years old, but it certainly looks good at first glance.

    I don't want to be a bother asking about this; I just really don't want to jump into self-publishing blind and end up with bad advice.
     
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    I think the topic you've raised is a good one. I don't have any answers myself. It seems that every book I've read on the subject seems to be out of date. Lots of them still recommend using CreateSpace, for example ...which no longer exists. I'd be interested if anybody else has an idea.

    I've seen some websites that purportedly give this kind of advice, but so far I haven't found one that isn't self-promoting.

    I trust this organisation. https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/

    I have bought one of the books published in conjunction with it. (Joe Giammatteo is the author—can't remember the name of it just now.) However, the book was published in 2017, and is now out of date. Still gives interesting perspectives, though, and for its time it was thorough. However, it's kinda expensive to buy now, and no longer seems to be available for Kindle, which is how I bought my copy.

    Membership in the organisation isn't cheap, however. I think it's $69 per year, for an associate membership (designed for people who are working on a book and intend to self-publish it.)
     
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    Adam Croft's books ...Indie Author Mindset, Indie Author Checklist, and Writing killer blurbs and hooks, are all worth a look (and the accompanying indie author mindset facebook group) - adam also has various mini courses ranging from free to $50...

    Also Joanna Penn's various books - too many to list but they are listed on the creative penn website (her podcast is worth a listen too) - joanna also has a three part video series on creating an indie author website and going through her link gets you a big discount on your first three years hosting with bluehost

    on specific things its worth looking at books by David Gaughran in particular the one on book bub ads and if you are interested in developing your mailing list (which you should be), news letter ninja by Tammi Labreque is worth a look.

    also the self publishing formula pod cast with mark dawson and james blatch and their accompanying facebook group.

    in terms of being out of date it is very difficult for any expert to keep pace with the rate of change ( I know because ive been trying to write a book like that for two years and every time i think i've nailed it amazon/facebook/etc change something critical) but the basic principals remain sound and you can interpret the advice... like if someone suggests going to create space read KDP print instead
     
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    in terms of your second question i suggest using a facebook page instead of your profile (not least because thats what FB say you should do), Personally i'm fairly easy to find but my profile is locked to friends and family only ... whether you want to take other steps to maintain your privacy is a personal question... I don't, but if if you were for example a school teacher writing erotica it would be a good idea as the parents probably aren't ready to learn that after teaching little jonny to conjugate verbs miss smith goes home and writes steamy shifter sex
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I'll check out Alliance Independent Authors. $69 per year doesn't sound too bad, depending on what you get from it.

    I don't think I'll be taking any of Adam Croft's courses that aren't free, but I'll take a look at his books. Same for the other authors you mentioned.

    Also:
    -- missed opportunity for "teaching little jonny to conjugate verbs... write steamy conjugal verbs"?
     
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    Just an update, the ALLi organisation looks really good. I've signed up for it as it definitely looks to be worth the membership fees. I think the second most promising recommendation might be Tammi Labreque's Newsletter Ninja, as I definitely want to get one of those set up. The website recommendations follow right behind that.
     
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    @SolZephyr, I got into self-publishing without any guidance, and it worked out, but concur, get as much info as you can ahead of time. That said, the KDP folks are VERY helpful in the technical details of publishing your book, I highly recommend them. Ingram-Spark, not so much.

    As far as websites, I built my own, www.lewis-mcintyre.com. I learned that the only thing harder to promote than books is a website promoting your books. I have had much better success with Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/LewisMcIntyreAuthor/?ref=bookmarks. The pinned post on Lewis McIntyre has links to each of my books which have their own pages, and I have two groups on Lewis McIntyre that act sort of like blogs, when I actually post something there. What @big soft moose said: don't use your personal profile to sell your books, it is a violation of FB terms of service, and could get you shut down. Create a commercial page from your profile (lower left hand side near bottom). It is free and easy to do. You won't have posts from friends cluttering your commercial page, through you can invite all your FB friends to like your new page.

    You can also use Paypal, for viewers to buy signed copies of your book via either your website or FB. I haven't had a lot of success with that, but haven't promoted it much, either.
     
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    you can also use payhip who will sort out the Vat for you so you don't have to (no vat on print books, but there is vat on ebooks) and if you want to sell ebooks from your website you can use bookfunnel for the delivery
     
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    No, Paypal works fine, but just haven't had a lot of buyers. Also haven't promoted it, just the 'shop' segment on https://www.facebook.com/LewisMcIntyreAuthor/?ref=bookmarks. The difference between this and Amazon is that I will ship a signed copy.
     
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    I don't know what sort of scale people on here sell their books on, but you must be doing pretty impressively if you've had to register for VAT!

    Edit: Unless, I suppose, it's because you're selling via a third-party who are VAT registered?

    Sorry for derailing the thread with this, the accountant (but by no means VAT expert) in me can't help it
     
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    its not to do with being over the vat threshold - the issue is (if you sell books directly) and sell outside of the uk into the EU you wind up having to charge vat on all digital sales

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/vat-changes-nuisance-retailers-blow-self-published-authors

    what payhip did was essentially to become a distributor - meaning that they pay the vat, so that you don't have to fuck with it except in as much as thinking about it when setting prices

    https://payhip.com/blog/payhip-takes-care-of-vat/
     
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    Ah fair enough - as soon as I posted I thought there'd be a less happy explanation
     

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