5 Sites You Need to See If You Want to Self Publish

Nice video this week.  An interview with Mette Ivie Harrison.  You can watch it here.  She goes over the publishing world.  In this post I’m going to add some links and information about the other route…self-publishing.

Here are the 5 things you need to know about self publishing.

1.  Here’s a bit of the first post, it’s from a site called copy blogger.  This first article is “21 things you need to know about self publishing”.  I liked this one and thought you might too.

1. Reality check

At the time of this writing, the amount of money households spend overall on reading materials is going down.

In 1994 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics) the average household spent $165 on reading materials. In 2011, adjusted for inflation, the average US household spent $115. How come? Because there are many high-quality, free things we can read. So we spend our entertainment dollars elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the number of books being published each year rises at a steady 6% per year.

So we have less demand and more supply. Which means prices and incomes go down. You can use this to your advantage.

How? Publishers aren’t reducing the prices of their books. Actually, they tend to raise them with inflation to keep fueling their bloated machines.

So you can instantly gain an advantage by reducing prices, given the facts I’ve laid out above.

2. Audience first

If you have no readers, nobody will buy your book. Fortunately, that’s not a Catch-22. You build your audience by giving, giving, giving, giving, before you finally ask them to pay $4.99 for your book.

You write blog posts. You write tweets. You build a Facebook fan page. And on and on. The next several points are about building your platform. If you are not willing to do this, then your spouse will read your book and maybe your parents. Maybe. Your kids will not read your book.

That’s a taste of it.  Read all of the 21 tips if you liked how this began.  I personally think this site is awesome.  I mean tip #3 is If it doesn’t bleed, it doesn’t lead.  Funny way for them to give you a tip.  Check it out.

2.  The next post is on How to Blog a Book.  It’s a great blog about the possibility of changing your book idea into a blog.  But it also just gives great information about writing a blog.  And Brandon strongly recommends having a blog so this one is one you dragons should take a look at.

My Critique of His First Post

You can imagine my critique.

  • You don’t have a plan for the blog or the book.
  • Your post had formatting errors.
  • Your post needed proofing before hitting “publish.”
  • You haven’t determined the focus of the book.
  • The post title doesn’t tell the reader what the post is about.
  • The title contains no keywords to help with discoverability.
  • The post contains no keywords to help with discoverability.
  • You haven’t used any subheads to help readers scan for content.
  • I don’t now what this story have to do with anything?
  • What is the focus of the blog itself? Does it have a long-term plan?
  • You can write.

He wasn’t too pleased.

Again, very amusing.  And it has great information.  Could be of some help. Read a lot of good content about writing at How to Blog a Book.

3.  The Worlds Greatest Book.  This is a site and guy that works on your work.  Below is an example of his work.


Writing is Design: Avoid Bland Pronouns and Boring Verbs

October 3, 2013Dave Bricker 17


pronounsAs a graphic designer, I see numer­ous par­al­lels between the val­ues that cre­ate engag­ing imagery and the val­ues that cre­ate engag­ing prose. So many designs fail because the designer arranged ele­ments on a page with­out ques­tion­ing their pur­pose, hier­ar­chy, or rela­tion­ship to the intended mes­sage. Good writ­ing is char­ac­ter­ized by the same con­scious appli­ca­tion of order, bal­ance, ten­sion, tone, spirit, rel­e­vance, and clar­ity as good design. As a designer might scru­ti­nize a page to eval­u­ate mar­gins, kern­ing, and font choice, a writer can search for style pat­terns that illu­mi­nate weak, lazy, or for­mu­laic writ­ing and missed oppor­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate stronger prose.

See his site here.

4.  The Write’s Guide to E-Publishing.  Cool site with lots of articles about all kinds of stuff centered around writing. Take a look at an example author.

I wouldn’t touch those readers with a 10 question poll

July 13, 2013 By Bufo Calvin

I wouldn’t touch those readers with a 10 question poll As the readers of WG2E know, the landscape has completely changed for independent authors since the release of the Kindle in late 2007. Prior to that, there were virtually no independently published books on Amazon’s bestseller lists. When I recently checked, 24% of the top […]

You can see the rest of them at The Writer’s Guide.

And finally the last one, number five.

5.  This one is one of my favorite sites.  It’s called Write to Done.  Here’s an example.

Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2012 – The Winners

Written byMary Jaksch
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Top 10 badge 2012When we asked you to nominate your favorite writing blog as one of the top 10 blogs for writers, we got a huge response! Great to see how passionate readers are about their favorite writing blog.

As you’ll see there are some previous winners, as well as some talented new bloggers in the top 10 of 2012.

This article in particular is a best of for sites like I’ve listed above.  Lists and lists are great.  They help, so get to reading them.  They will improve every aspect of your writing, but also, they will improve the way you *think* about writing.

Thanks Dragons,

In the comments let me know any other great sites you guys and gals know of and also let us all know how great the interview was.  We all look forward to hearing you.


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5 comments on “5 Sites You Need to See If You Want to Self Publish

  1. By Aileen – October 20, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I want to publish my own book, but I don’t want you to tell me about my phone cause I won’t call you

  2. By Chris – March 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

    This is a no-brainier, actually. Since writers can just publish their work anytime they want to, the market is now flooded with self-published books and it can be difficult to make your work get noticed. This can be a prejudice against you as well. There are people who think self-published books are inferior to those released by major publishing companies. Fortunately, a lot of self-published works are proving to be decent, which should be good for the business.

  3. By RachelB – October 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I’ll add another.

    Lindsay Buroker’s blog. She’s self pubbed a bunch of successful books. Has *a lot* of interesting posts.

    Btw, just saw you today Carl at the live SPP today.

    • By Carl Sinclair – October 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Yeah, I’m always hanging around SPP live Rachel. I work with David W Wright on another podcast now.

  4. By Carl Sinclair – October 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

    If you are serious about self-publishing, then you really want to google the following people and their blogs and shows. I would post links to their sites, as ‘the voices’ of self-pub, but I’m not sure if I am allowed too.

    Joanna Penn – blogger and resource machine.
    David Gaughran – blogger and the best at telling you how to get visible on amazon, understanding how it all works.
    Ed Robertson – the numbers guy. He will explain Amazon’s sales ranks, numbers, categories and the rest.
    Hugh Howey – THE indie pub guy. The big star. Killing it with his series Wool. His blog is always interesting and entertaining
    The Self Publishing Podcast (indie publishing 101 and onwards)
    The Passive Voice (news site for self-publishers)
    The Self Publishing Roundtable (self-pub news show)
    Joe Conrath – Big name. Great blog.
    Chuck Wendig – Big name. Great blog.
    Kindle Boards – forums packed full of self-pubbed authors. (The Writers Cafe section)

    If you are serious about self-publishing, then you should be paying attention to these folks. There are plenty more, but that should get you going.

    Hope it helps! If you have any questions you can ask. I have been involved in self-pub for a couple of years and heave researched and read about everything you could think of in the world.

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