Indie Author Survival Guide

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9781492972853: Indie Author Survival Guide
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**UPDATED SECOND EDITION** (25% more content) 
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. 

The Indie Author Survival Guide is meant to be used in tandem with For Love or Money, the second book in the Crafting a Self-Publishing Career series. Together, these two books will set you on a path of turning your love for storytelling into a career. 

**JOIN THE FOR LOVE OR MONEY FACEBOOK GROUP** Connect with your fellow self-published authors and share information about writing and publishing. Susan hosts monthly consultation giveaways and shares updates on the constantly evolving publishing landscape. 

**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 
Using SMARTurls 
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? 
Measuring Success 
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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About the Author:

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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