Welcome to the Self-Publisher's FAQ site. If you're here, you are probably contemplating publishing your own work or starting your own press. Good for you! You are about to follow in the tradition of Benjamin Franklin, Carl Sandburg, George Bernard Shaw, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Upton Sinclair, Gertrude Stein, William Strunk, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Virginia Woolf.
Oh, are those too "old time" for you? How about Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Scott Adams (Dilbert), Ken Blanchard, Deepak Chopra, Pat Conroy, John Grisham, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, to name a few.
But there's a lot to know. This website can be used as a starting point to understanding what questions to ask (half the battle is discovering what you don't know). There's a tremendous amount of help to be had out there, via books (lots of them), websites and discussion groups. I hope you enjoy this attempt to make sense of this very complex subject!
This website was written and is maintained by Jacqueline (JC) Simonds (publisher of Beagle Bay Books and Creative Minds Press) who is one of the List Moms for the Self-Publishing discussion group. It is mirrored on the SPAN (Small Publishers Association of North America) website. To find out more about the Self-Publishing List (how the List Moms moderate, the list rules and a picture of the List Moms, see below.
How to Make a Book: The Interior & Body
How to Make a Book: the Exterior
Learning the Business of Self-Publishing
What's an Invoice?
Getting Noticed in the Wide
Tooting Your Own Horn
Pack That Book!
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