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Want to self-publish? This book will show you how to not only get your works out into the world, but publish them well. With inspirational essays and a step-by-step practical approach, the Guide helps you tackle your fears, plan for success, create a beautiful book package, and market without feeling like a slimeball. It's a guide for the heart as much as the head, designed to help you launch into your publishing journey successfully.
If you're a first-time-publishing author, this book will help you avoid common mistakes and get the best possible start for a new author in 2016. If you've already published, but want to reboot your existing series or launch a new one, the Guide will help you navigate the self-publishing landscape as it stands today.
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**Table of Contents**
1 - How to Not Get Eaten By Sharks
2 - For Heaven's Sake, Get a Map and a Compass
Writer's Mission Statement
Five Year Plan
3 - Taking the Road Less Traveled
Ten Things I Believe
Fear and the Creative Worker
Fear of the Dark
How to Be Brave
Owning the Writer Title
Four (Nasty) Lies We Tell Ourselves About Writing
Emotional Judo: Lack of Support for Your Writing
Have Faith In Your Work
Taking the Road Less Traveled*
The Secret Ingredient: Confidence
Making the Leap
Seven Questions to Ask Before Self-Publishing
4 - My, That's a Beautiful Backpack
How to Market Without Feeling Like a Slimeball
Creating Covers That Sell
Blurbs That Grab You
Selling Your Book: Hook, Line, and Sinker
Book Discovery in the Digital Age
Stories Don't Expire - Don't Rush To Publish
Pricing Your Ebook
Kindle Unlimited and the New World Order
Free in the Digital Era
Reviews and How to Get Them
Paid Advertising and Giveaways
Get Thee A Mailing List
Make a Marketing Plan
Launching Hard and Launching Soft
5 - What Did You Forget To Pack?
Where to Publish
Hiring Your Team (Editors, Cover Artists)
Formatting: The Easy Way
Formatting: The Hard Way
Uploading Direct To iTunes
How to Make A Book Trailer
6 - Watch Out For Quicksand
Social Media Quicksand
Yellow-Spotted Sales-Checking Fever
Abundance vs. Scarcity
Making the Donuts
Training Your Intuition
Give Yourself A Creative Retreat
Four Keys to Finding Time For Your Creative Work
7 - Are We There Yet?
Hierarchy vs. Territory: Mastering Your Writing Domain
Why Is My Book Not Selling?
Big Levers and Small Levers
Four Ways to Think Long Term in Indie Publishing
True, Not True: Debunking Some Indie Publishing Myths
Exploiting Your Rights
Please Say No to Bad Contracts
8 - You Are Free, Act Like It
Age of the Empowered Writer
Ebooks as Cauldrons of Innovation
All About Serials...
Author Brand in the Digital Age
9 - What? We're Doing It Again?
Debut Author vs. Career Author
Appendix A--List of Freelance Service Providers
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Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.
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