Stress-Free Self-Publishing: How to publish your own book without losing the will to live

Stress-Free Self-Publishing: How to publish your own book without losing the will to live

by Samantha Pearce


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Stress-Free Self-Publishing

Have you ever thought about self-publishing a book, but are unsure where to start or feel overwhelmed by conflicting information?

Then this book is for you!

Stress-Free Self-Publishing gives independent authors a no-nonsense guide to taking control of self-publishing in a way that is professional, credible and ethical. Using proven methods, Sam Pearce shows how authors can retain 100% of their copyright and royalties and still gain affordable distribution into 7000+ online retailers worldwide.

You’ll discover how to become a successful self-published author:

  • Choosing the best self-publishing route
  • The importance of professional editing and design
  • Navigating ISBN numbers, copyright, royalties and pricing
  • Maximising your distribution on Amazon & elsewhere

Use this book to find all the answers you need about self-publishing. With Sam as your experienced and accessible guide, discover how to turn your manuscript into a successful book on YOUR terms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781916077607
Publisher: Swatt Books Ltd
Publication date: 05/23/2019
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Formerly a commercial graphic designer with over 20 years of corporate design experience both in the UK and Canada, Sam started applying her passion for typography and layout to the art of books back in 2012. Since then, she has been involved in the design and publication of over 40 books. These encompass a wide range of genres from business guides and self-help books to children's stories and fantasy fiction.

Sam founded SWATT Books to provide independent authors with a way of being self-published that is credible, professional and ethical.

Sam lives on the Hampshire coast with her husband Nathan.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Self-Publishing

Who this book is for

What is self-publishing?

A history of self-publishing

Why self-publish?

Chapter 2: Before you Start


Publishing plan

Chapter 3: Editing

Why editing is important

Three types of editing

Why hire a pro and what to consider

How you can help

Peer review

Chapter 4: Book Design

Why book design is so important

Benefits of outsourcing a designer

Finding a designer

Outsourcing vs DIY


Print specifications

The book design process

eBook conversion

How you can help


Chapter 5: Publishing

Publishing methods



Chapter 6: The Step-by-Step Guide

Phase 1: Registering as a self-publisher

Phase 2: ISBN numbers

Phase 3: Setting up your publishing accounts

Phase 4: Listing your book

Phase 5: Test print

Phase 6: Test copy review

Phase 7: Title release & PoD order

Phase 8: Legal deposits & database listing

Chapter 7: “Published” is Not the End of the Story


Second editions & reprints

Switching to traditional publishing


The destruction of the publishing industry

The route to writers’ utopia

The missing opinion

My opinion of self-publishing

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