Self-Publishing Week in Review: 12/16/14

As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

 Hi! Can We Talk About Self-Publishing?

The author of this Huffington Post article shares why he thinks self-publishing is great. I love the humor and honesty of this article.

 The Indie Author’s Guide to Rights

Without the guidance of literary agents, indie authors have to take special care to protect their rights—including copyright—when negotiating with a self-publishing service. This informative article is a must read.

Former JPMorgan Banker Lands 6-Figure Book Deal For ‘Social Network’-Meets-‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Online Series

Michelle Miller, a former banker at JPMorgan, just landed a six-figure book deal based on her self-published online series “The Underwriting,” a 12-part weekly serial found on theunderwriting.com. This success story is an interesting read for writers and professionals considering adding the title author to their resume.

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ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Executive Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.

Self-Publishing Week in Review: 12/09/14

As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

 When Photographers Become Self-Publishing Companies

This Times article discusses how an increasing number of photographers are bypassing traditional photo book publishers, setting up, instead, their own imprints. This is an interesting read for photographers considering publishing a photo book.

Tax Strategy for Indie Authors

For indie authors, everything from printer paper to paper clips is a potential tax write-off. The trick is staying on top of your expenses and knowing where to draw the line. This article is a must read.

Book Week: Three authors reveal why they took matters into their own hands and self published

This article reveals why three authors decided to self-publish. This is an interesting read for anyone considering self-publishing.

If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Executive Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.

Use Your Tax Return to Invest in Your Publishing Dreams

What a wonderful time we live in for the aspiring author! There was a time when a writer’s dream of being published remained just that — a dream.  Writers would spend countless hours preparing a pitch for their book, printing multiple copies of the manuscript and mailing it out to every traditional publisher.  Then their lifelong dream of being a published author was at the mercy of someone else’s opinion of their work.  They would wait months, or even a year, only to receive many rejection letters. More often than not, they never saw their dream come to fruition.

Then came self-publishing, and it has revolutionized the publishing industry.  Everything has changed!  Now any author who dreams of becoming a published author can make it happen.  And best of all, self-publishing has proven itself as a viable option that can still lead to lucrative earnings for the well-written and promoted book.  The negative stigma of self-publishing is a thing of the past.  No longer is it just for the “unpublishable” author.  Now it’s seen as a quick and easy path for proactive authors who hone in on their niche market, promote to that specific audience and deliver directly to them. Even successful authors who previously published with traditional publishers are recognizing the many benefits of self-publishing.

Is it your turn?  Taking that first step of purchasing a publishing package can be daunting, but maybe using your tax refund to take the plunge, instead of pulling from your savings or charging up a credit card, could be a great way to get your project off the ground. Self-publishing, much like traditional publishing, requires authors to invest their time, energy, and some of their money, but the payoff of seeing your name in print is worth the effort.

If funding your self-publishing project has been an obstacle, consider using your tax return to invest in yourself and your dream of becoming a self-published author. You won’t regret it!

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.