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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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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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3 Lessons I Learned While Becoming a Self-Published Author

Somewhere along the way, I lost the spark. My stories collected dust and my writing got rusty. Without even realizing it, I’d given up on my dream. It wasn’t always this way. When I was in eighth grade, my friends and I would sit in a sheltered nook in the school courtyard, exchanging the stories[...]

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How to Make 2018 the Year You Finally Publish Your Book

My friend Shannon had written hundreds of blog posts, so it caught me off guard when she begged me, “You have to help me write a book.” She was so serious I couldn’t help laughing. “I’m sorry, Shannon, but did you hear what you just said?” She wondered if she had said something wrong. “You[...]

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How to Get a Free ISBN for Your Self-Published Book

Go over to your bookshelf and pull down a book—any book. Check the back cover. See that random string of numbers right beneath the bar code? That’s called the ISBN: International Standard Book Number. And you need one if you’re going to self-publish your book. Getting an ISBN is essential if you want readers to[...]

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5 Free Book Cover Makers for Non-Designers

You need to make a book cover that captivates. But you’re not a designer—you’re an author. Well, you’ve come to the right place; in this article, you’ll get our professional recommendation on the top free book cover makers out there. In the past, book publishing was centered around the bookstore. A customer could pick up[...]

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