How much does it REALLY cost to publish yourself?

Mike from Conyers, GA asked me this question a few weeks ago. I gave him my accountant’s answer: “It depends.” Well, to self-publish a fiction or non-fiction book, you need an ISBN and barcode from here. That’s $125 for the ISBN and $25 for the barcode. If anyone offers to sell you an ISBN forContinue reading “How much does it REALLY cost to publish yourself?”

Back Cover Copy = Torture!

For me, writing back cover copy is a lot like the first time I met my wife.  At first glance, I automatically wanted to meet her. But, without any idea of what I wanted to say, I didn’t want to get shot down either. My first words would determine everything.   Those of us whoContinue reading “Back Cover Copy = Torture!”

KDP Success: No rhyme or reason

I’m a fan of Ecclesiastes 9:11:  “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.” It reminds meContinue reading “KDP Success: No rhyme or reason”

Self-publishing. . .a bit easy?

While sifting through comments on this blog, I came across someone who said “self-publishing is a bit easy” these days. Argh. Well, I admit — anyone can write a novel, upload it to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, or Pub It for the Nook, set a ..99 cent price tag and call themselves “self-published.” As aContinue reading “Self-publishing. . .a bit easy?”

Barnes and Noble: The inside details (or lack thereof) of a rejection letter

When I talk about publishing, I use quirky comparisons for effect. For example, my “ketchup and cheese” rule:  just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean it’s good. Have you ever bought generic ketchup or cheese? Off-brand ketchup and Heinz have one thing in common — they’re both red. Cheap cheese melts like hot glue, and whileContinue reading “Barnes and Noble: The inside details (or lack thereof) of a rejection letter”

Selling that makes sense

My wife and I used to have a Multi-Level Marketing business. Yup, we were in one of those. But, I did learn one, valuable thing from it: the need to create methods of making passive income. Passive income = money you can make in your sleep. I met a self-published author once who insisted she “liked the hustle”Continue reading “Selling that makes sense”

The point of pricing

I’m an advocate of indie publishing, if you didn’t know. Here’s one BIG reason: price points. Most authors don’t control their price points. If you go through most self-publishing companies, that means you too. Hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and yes, e-books. And it’s about to get worse. In one of my Facebook groups, I asked the e-readerContinue reading “The point of pricing”

Editing: The boilerplate, the bold.

A first-time author once called some of my writing advice “boilerplate” which she could find “on any writing website.” I can find the lyrics to “A House is Not a Home” on the web, but it doesn’t mean I can sing it well. My critique of her introduction — that ten pages is too long,Continue reading “Editing: The boilerplate, the bold.”

How to plan a book wedding

I wanted to help plan my wedding. OK, not the flowers or colors. I didn’t pick the bridesmaid dresses. With some things, I asked “how much?” and passed off to my future bride. But I had a hand in the important things. Planning your book release is a similar process. Start with choosing a relevantContinue reading “How to plan a book wedding”

Do-It-Yourself: Why I D-I-Yed

About two years ago, I changed my life. Call it divine purpose or destiny, but I was left at a crossroads with a decision. Either continue teaching, which I loved, or pursue a career writing full-time. Either required 100 percent dedication, and I only had 100 to give. I tendered my resignation. Some coworkers stillContinue reading “Do-It-Yourself: Why I D-I-Yed”