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The Only Self-Publishing Platforms You’ll Ever Need

Today’s guest post is by author and writing coach Jessica Bell:

One of the questions I am always asked by authors who wish to self-publish is, Who are the best companies to publish with? There are so many choices.

The answer is simple. But without a little bit of explanation, the names of all these companies and (what they can do for you) can be a little confusing. So I’m going to break down what I believe are your two best options if you want to self-publish your book.

Note: I have used every single distributor and retailer I recommend here, so I can tell you about these from firsthand experience.

One: The Free Option

So, you want to spend zero money and you’re willing to put up with a little bit of uncomplicated but sometimes time-consuming hassle. You’re not too fussed about your book only being available from the major retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks). If this sounds like you, I advise you distribute with:

—CreateSpace for print

—Kindle Direct Publishing for Amazon Kindle

—Kobo for Kobo, and

—Draft2Digital for iBooks and Nook retailers.

Never heard of these publishing options before? Let me break them down for you. Continue Reading…

Advice I Wish I’d Been Given When I Started … Part 1

I wasted a large chunk of my life stumbling around in the dark, trying to become a “writer.” I became a writing coach in recent years solely motivated by the desire to spare new writers the pain and misery I went through—all because there were a number of important things I didn’t know. And the problem was, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I wished I’d had the future “me” to tell that naive “me” what I needed to know way back when (nearly thirty years ago). So before I share the things I wished I had known before I started my professional writing journey, I decided to ask some other seasoned, experienced authors what three key bits of advice they would give new writers that they wished they’d known when they started writing.

 Today’s post is from Jessica Bell, whom I met when she hired me to critique and edit her novel, String Bridge (a terrific book that haunts me even years later). Jessica has jumped into the indie writing scene with a strong voice and presence—from Greece, by way of Australia. Here what she has to say: Continue Reading…