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Author: Simon Villeneuve

35+ Self-Publishing Terms Every Aspiring Author Should Know

I knew self-publishing was going to be tough, but there was one thing I never expected: all the jargon, acronyms, and technical terms. If you’re jumping head-first into self-publishing like I did, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But remember—self-publishing is a journey. You will learn by doing, not just learning to do. Count[...]

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7 Self-Publishing Platforms That Will Make You a Published Author

You want to become a published author. Maybe you’re on this journey because you have a story to share and you want to share it with someone who needs to hear it. Maybe you want to publish your book for free without agents, contracts, or publishers. Or, maybe you even want to sell your book[...]

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Ebook vs. Print: What Every Self-Published Author Needs to Consider

As an aspiring author, there’s a good reason to still publish a print book. But there’s also a good reason to consider skipping print and go digital. If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you’re caught in the middle—unsure which is right for you and your readers. It’s my goal to help. Why you should[...]

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What Is KDP: A Beginner’s Guide to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

If you’re new to self-publishing, you’re starting at a great time. Most aspiring authors like you are choosing to self-publish over any other way. And the self-publishing platforms, tools, and resources keep getting better. So many people are self-publishing that CreateSpace merged with KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) to keep up with the demand. This is[...]

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5 Popular Questions Most People Ask Before Joining BookWorthy

“Nobody wants to buy your course.” Those are the exact words I recently read from another online course creator. The phrase hit me like a ton of bricks. I read on. “Nobody wakes up and says ‘You know, I think I’m gonna buy an online course today.’ What people really want are the outcomes and[...]

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How to Make an Honest Living as a Writer with S.D. Smith

You’ve probably heard it said, “it’s impossible to make a living as a writer.” Or, “your poetry book won’t pay the bills.” Unfortunately, too many parents, teachers, and mentors encourage the young, aspiring authors around them to go to college and “get a real job” instead of pursuing their dream. That’s why millions of talented[...]

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4 Good Reasons to Not Get a Publishing Deal

Before I ever wrote the first word of my book, I faced a crippling fear. I knew nothing about publishing. I was completely intimidated. It all seemed too complicated even to bother starting. I believed a lie: To be a published author, I needed a publisher. I needed an agent. I needed a fat contract[...]

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How to Self-Publish a Book That People Will Want to Read

You have a story inside you that has the power to make a difference in everyone who reads it—from your best friend to your editor, and eventually your readers worldwide. But you will never have the impact you’re meant to have if you never publish your book. That’s why, in this article, I’m going to[...]

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Self-Published Authors: How to Get a Free LCCN

I knew self-publishing was going to be tough, but there was one thing I never expected: all the acronyms. One of those was “LCCN.” When I first encountered it, I had no idea it stands for Library of Congress Control Number.  And I didn’t yet know why those four little letters mattered for the success[...]

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How to Be Authentic and Win Followers with Allie Casazza

Sharing your story in the form of a book often comes with all kinds of fears and hurdles. If you’ve been there before, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, this podcast episode will give you a taste of the experience. It’s common to ask yourself one of these questions, “What if no one[...]

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