Get the Most From Your Self-Publishing Efforts (How to make Money Selling Books)

Like many self publishing authors, when I was getting my first book ready to birth into the world, I realized that I had no platform, no support and very little marketing ability. How could I get people to find my book, like it and buy it? What tools could I use to self-publish – should I use Lulu, Createspace, Lightning Source? Should I advertise, blog, use social media like Facebook and Twitter?

Also important were the firmer aspects of book production; I did my first book all on my own, so I needed to know what professional fonts designers used in book design layout, how to set up my interior format, what I should put on my title page, how to put together a book cover… as I hit Google again and again for answers, one site kept popping up.

Maybe you’ve seen it – it’s distinctive. Since then I’ve developed a relationship with Joel Friedlander, “The Book Designer,” and become an avid supporter – because he’s awesome and has put out more useful book publishing information for self-publishers than anybody else I know.

So I’m pretty excited that Joel is launching something big – a full, in-depth guide to self-publishing called the Self Publishing Roadmap. He’s just put up the first of a series of 8 free videos on self-publishing. I used to believe that self-publishing meant doing everything by myself… it’s amazing as I look back how much time I wasted on trivial or unimportant things, while overlooking the critical factors that really determined book sales. Do yourself a favor, get the info you need from one of the true champions of self-publishing.

The Self-Publishing Roadmap: Check it out!

About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors build profitable publishing platforms. Find me

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