Self-Publishing: The Basics

Planning a memoir? Wondering what to do with stacks of family photos and keepsakes? How about that novel manuscript that’s been rejected by fifty publishers?

Fret no more! Take this project to the top on your own steam. “Self-Publishing: The Basics” is the guide you need to mark these projects “Done!”

For the first time in history, we have the opportunity to put our masterpiece ideas into bookstores without any middleman. This revolution in communication comes with a price, however, a steep learning curve about which technology to use and how to use it.

The first part of this book covers the fundamental stages of self-publishing: what software to use and how to use it, step-by-step guidance for working with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, and understanding important elements like genre. You’ll find discussion about getting reviews and marketing as well as useful hints about maintaining those tender creative sensibilities in the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles.

The second part provides organizational and writing guidelines for the personal memoir as well as family history. How do you transform the bare bones of genealogical research into a compelling narrative? How do you flesh out the story of a transformative period of your life?

Previously, so-called vanity presses charged a stiff fee to take a manuscript and turn it into a book. Now with print-on-demand technology, the self-publishing author doesn’t need to pay a dime to publish a paperback or e-book. That memoir or family history or sure-to-be-a-bestseller novel only needs some basic pointers to go from brainstorm to reality. Start writing!

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