Revised 2019 Edition
In Self-Publish Your Book: A Quick & Easy Step-by-Step Guide, writer, editor, and publisher, Jessica Bell, does not overwhelm your with all information available—she explains exactly what one needs to know, without the faff, by following a foolproof, cost-efficient, time-efficient, extremely easy-to-follow, step-by-step, self-publishing method. By following this method, a writer can have their book go from manuscript to published book within one week. They’ll learn how to: prepare their manuscript in Microsoft Word, design their paperback and eBook cover, prepare their front/back matter and blurb, format their paperback interior & eBook, proofread their designed pages, register with desired retailers/distributors, export their eBook to a retail-ready file, and upload their paperback and eBook to retailers/distributors.
In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott says a writer needs to focus on short assignments to avoid feeling overwhelmed. She refers to the one-inch picture frame on her desk and how it reminds her to focus on bite-sized pieces of the whole story. If you focus on one small thing at a time, the story will eventually come together to create a whole. The same applies to publishing a book. If writers focus on one aspect of the publishing process at a time, the task will seem less daunting, and piece by piece, it will come together to result in a quality product the author can sell with pride.
Not only is Self-Publish Your Book: A Quick & Easy Step-by-Step Guide an excellent addition to any self-publishing course, but it’s also a great primary learning tool for first-time self-publishers as it allows them to get their feet wet without committing too much time or money to the process, while simultaneously producing a quality product.
About the Author
In addition to having published a memoir, four novels, three poetry collections, and her bestselling Writing in a Nutshell series, she has been featured in a variety of publications and ABC Radio National shows such as Writer's Digest, Publisher's Weekly, The Guardian, Life Matters, and Poetica.
She is also the Publisher of Vine Leaves Press, CEO of Independent Publishing Assistance, a voice-over actor, and the coordinator of the Writing Day Workshops.
In October 2016, she became the new lead singer of the well-known dream-pop group, Keep Shelly In Athens, and records and performs as a solo artist under the name BRUNO.
For more information about Jessica's projects, visit, iamjessicabell.com.
Table of Contents
ii COMPUTER SOFTWARE NEEDED
1 PREPARE YOUR MANUSCRIPT IN MICROSOFT WORD
2 DESIGN YOUR EBOOK COVER
3 PREPARE YOUR FRONT/BACK MATTER AND BLURB
4 FORMAT YOUR PAPERBACK INTERIOR
5 PROOFREAD YOUR FORMATTED PAGES
6 SAVE YOUR INTERIOR LAYOUT AS A PRINT-READY PDF
7 REGISTER WITH DESIRED RETAILERS/DISTRIBUTORS
8 RETRIEVE YOUR PAPERBACK COVER TEMPLATE
9 DESIGN YOUR PAPERBACK COVER
10 FORMAT YOUR EBOOK INTERIOR
11 EXPORT YOUR HTML (EBOOK) TO A RETAIL-READY FILE
12 UPLOAD YOUR PAPERBACK AND EBOOK TO RETAILERS/DISTRIBUTORS
13 NEED EXTRA SELF-PUBLISHING ADVICE?
14 RECOMMENDED NEXT STEPS
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If Jessica Bell’s Writing in a Nutshell series has not yet become the standard craft reference for all aspiring writers, then it should have. The books in the series cover everything about writing creative fiction and non-fiction from showing—not telling —to polishing a finished manuscript. They have now been joined by the sixth, and perhaps ultimately the most useful, book in the series: Self-Publish Your Book. This amazing volume tells you step-by-step how to take the manuscript you have been lovingly incubating under Bell’s expert gaze, and turn it into a volume as professionally produced as Bell’s books themselves. The book is divided into sixteen chapters that cover everything from formatting the manuscript properly, through cover design, choice of format (eBook or paperback, or both?) to getting your book into the hands of the distributers, from where people can actually buy your baby. It’s quite technical, but it needs to be, and everything is explained in Bell’s extremely user-friendly prose that could make brain surgery seem like, … well … something a lot easier than brain surgery. In recent years, self-published authors have taken a lot of flak from the traditional publishing industry—most of whom are running scared—for a lack of professional quality, particularly in terms of production values for books. With this book, Jessica Bell gives you the tools to break through that reputation, sharing the secrets of her own success as an author and self-publisher, backed by her years of experience as an editor and writer. If self-publishing is a revolution, then Bell has placed herself firmly at the head of it, holding the flag. With this book and the rest in the series, you too can become part of the movement and take the publishing power into your own hands. Disclaimer: author provided an ARC in return for an honest review.
There are so many ‘how to’ writing and publishing guides on the market and like any self-respecting procrastinating writer, I have read a lot of them. This guide from Jessica Bell is by far, my favourite. Every step from formatting to cover design to actually getting your book out there is covered in step-by-step detail. Jessica manages to spell it out in simple detail without being condescending. I love the bullet points; not only can you tick off items as you do them, but it breaks down what can seem like huge tasks into bite size, manageable chunks. I’m not the most technical person, but I managed to follow each and every step with ease. A quick example: before reading this book, I spent days (probably more like weeks) messing around trying to format my book. With this book, I had it all finished in one day. That is how good this book is. I seriously cannot recommend this book (or the others in the In a Nutshell series - I have them all) enough. If you’re serious about self-publishing, you have to buy this book.