Sharing Self-Publishing Basics

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March 2014
by Kimberly A. Edwards

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When writers gather to explore self-publishing, the room fills with angst. As IBPA’s Terry Nathan has said, publishing requires a different skill set than writing.

Recently, I attended an eight-hour Self-Publishing Boot Camp sponsored by the California Writers Club in Sacramento, and led by co-founder Carla King, contributor to the Bowker Self-Published Author blog and PBS MediaShift, and author of two books on self-publishing. By the end of the day, I felt I had absorbed a great deal of wisdom worth sharing, and I hope the highlights that follow will help you.

King, who has trained more than 5,000 writers, publishers, and corporate representatives, offered six suggestions to would-be self-publishers scratching their heads:
1. Know your goals.
2. Spend time choosing the right publishing path.
3. Research companies available to distribute your book before making a decision.
4. Buy your own International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs).
5. View good promotion as a byproduct of communication with your “tribe” about common interests.
6. Recognize metadata as a top marketing asset….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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