This week in Indie Publishing

art17 Ways Self-Publishing Can Make You 6 Figures

Over the past few years, several individuals have told me effectively the same thing: “Books are business cards on steroids.” When I published my first book in 2016, I found out what they meant. I’d suddenly and dramatically increased my credibility, and I was invited to speak at events (and get paid for it). Even better, I generated more leads for my business interests.

There’s nothing quite like walking into a sales meeting and giving the client a book you wrote — especially when it’s relevant to the work you’re pitching. And few things says “expert” quite like publishing a book on the topic you focus on in your professional life.

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art2Self-Publishing ISBNs Climbed 8% Between 2015-2016

Since 2011, International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) for self-published titles have climbed 218.33%, according to the latest report from ProQuest affiliate Bowker. A total of 786,935 ISBNs were assigned to self-published titles in 2016; in 2011, that number was 247,210.

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art3The reality of publishing is very different from what a lot of authors think: Vineet Bajpai

Anyone who has tried to get a book published knows the kind of effort it takes. It doesn’t matter how good your book is, or how much time you’ve invested into it – you’re likely to get rejected at least once. And that’s just the start of your problems.

Vineet Bajpai, entrepreneur, career counselor, and author of books such as Harappa: Curse of the Blood River, Build from Scratch, The 30-Something CEO and The Street to the Highway, is more than familiar with the struggles that come with wanting to publish a book, having gone down the traditional publishing route.

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art3Kindle Direct Publishing allowed me to have a great work-life balance, says romance writer Suvika

Suvika and technology don’t get along.  “I am not computer-savvy. I back away from anything remotely related to technology,” says the self-professed technophobe. Yet, she has managed to self-publish nine books over five years, and is a popular romance writer in India.

She attributes her success to the user-friendliness of the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) portal. “I don’t think I would have been an author had it not been for KDP. Richard Bach said that an amateur writer is one who doesn’t quit. This first step is very important for any amateur writer. KDP only makes it easier to take this crucial first step,” she says.

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art5Top 10 Tips for Writing Your Debut Novel By C. J. Evans

RESEARCH YOUR SUBJECT – If you intend to write about something or somewhere that is not familiar to you make sure you do your research or it will be blindingly obvious that you don’t know your subject. When gathering the requisite information do not translate this verbatim, always add your own slant and embellish if necessary, i.e. when I was writing my debut novel Fire and Honey I had to research the origins of Voodoo in Haiti and the history of the religion it is based upon. I did not reiterate what I had discovered in depth, just a general outline, as the reader would probably find it boring.

WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Don’t be afraid to delve into the psyche of human feelings and relationships when writing about romance.

WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU FIND INSPIRING – I was inspired by books I had read as a boy, such as The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Tales of far off desert islands with all their flora and fauna, dovetailed with my love of nature. Later I used that inspiration to write Fire and Honey, an erotic romantic fiction based in the Caribbean.

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