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6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Self-Publishing an eBook

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Writers today are faced with more publishing options than ever before. You could go the traditional route and try for a book deal at a large publishing house. Or you could go the opposite route and self-publish your work, either in print or in the form of an eBook.

If you’re thinking about self-publishing an eBook, there are a few key questions you should ask yourself before diving in. Are you an entrepreneur? Do you crave total control over your work? Can you hire a professional team? Is making money critical? Do you have the time and energy to take on a project like this? Finally, what are your true goals? And this may be the most important question of all:

David Gaugran, indie author and blogger, says, “Writers get so obsessed with finding an agent that representation becomes the goal. They forget that’s just the first hurdle.” After that, your book gets passed to editors, marketing teams, sales teams and booksellers — and there’s a good chance your book may fail at any of those crossroads. If you need an agent and a traditional publishing house, rather than readers (and yourself) to verify your awesomeness, are you writing for the right reasons? Gaugran urges writers to consider, “why don’t you pick yourself, instead of waiting to be picked?”

For more tips, including how to have an effective marketing strategy, read: Do Self-Published eBooks Help or Hurt Your Career?

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‘Forever Black’ Leads Self-Published Bestsellers List

foreverblackForever Black (Forever Trilogy #1) by Sandi Lynn has debuted at No. 1 on the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

H.M. Ward’s Latest Novel Debuts on Self-Published Bestsellers List

hmwardH.M. Ward‘s latest novel The Arrangement 14 (The Ferro Family) has debuted on the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

J.S. Cooper Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List This Week

theprivateclubAuthor J.S. Cooper has five books on the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

R.J. Lewis Heats Up Self-Published Bestsellers List

burnIgnite by R.J. Lewis has reached the No. 2 spot on the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week. The book’s sequel Burn joins the list at No. 5.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

British University Launches MA Program for Self-Publishing

selfpubThe University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has introduced a new MA program in self-publishing, the first of its kind in the U.K.

Based on the growing successes of self-publsihed authors such as E.L. James, the degree is designed to guide students through writing, editing, publishing and marketing their own books. Here is more from the university’s website:

This course will equip you with all of the necessary skills you will need to be a self-published author including how to edit your book, how to lay it out, how to monitor sales, how to manage yourself and your finances, marketing yourself and your book and how to create an eBook. The final part of the course will give you the opportunity to complete a finished copy of your book.

Industry experts will teach the class, with guest appearances from successful self-published authors.

‘Beauty From Love’ Joins Self-Published Bestsellers List This Week

beautyBeauty from Love (Beauty Series #3) by Georgia Cates has joined the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week at No. 4.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

‘Jackrabbit Junction Jitters’ Makes Self-Published Bestsellers List

jackrabbitJackrabbit Junction Jitters by Ann Charles has landed on the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week at No. 5.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

WEbook Introduces Publishing Platform

webookOnline writing community WEbook.com is getting into publishing with a new crowd-based publishing program.

Writers can submit manuscripts of books, short stories, essays, and poems to the site to be consider for publication. These works will be read by community readers who will be rate the titles. The books that earn the highest ratings will be flagged for review by a publishing professional. Flagged books will go through five rounds of reviews and WEbook will publish the most popular titles. WEbook will then take care of publishing services including layout, cover design, eBook conversion, print-on-demand, distribution and marketing. The authors will earn 85 percent royalties.

Here is more about how the judging process works from the press release: “The program is fair and anonymous; a reader is unable to search for a specific work or author, preventing biased voting. Those readers who review in high volume will be promoted to Top Scouts and Expert Raters.”

 

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‘A Shade of Vampire’ Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

ashadeofvampireA Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

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