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#YouTubeTuesday – 6 Tips for Successful #SelfPublishing Outside Your Home Country

Joshua Robertson is a good friend and awesome author. He recently did a video on self-publishing outside your home country (which I do) that had some great tips. If you’re an indie author or considering self-publishing, check it out!


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Key Tips On What Not To Do When Self-Publishing Your Book by Sarah Robinson

The irony of becoming a successful writer isn’t much in the writing process itself. More often than not, talented storytellers struggle to have their books sold in brick and mortar shops because of the horrors of publishing.

Over time, the process of making written works available to the public has transformed.

Knocking relentlessly on the doors of large publishing houses is no longer the smartest way to have your manuscript distributed to your target audience.

Internet advancements now give you the chance to self-publish your book. Platforms such as Amazon’s Kindle, now allow online readers to browse, buy, download and read your books electronically.

Traditional Publishing VS Self-Publishing

Taking the traditional or the transformed publishing route has its own perks and disadvantages. Here are key things to remember before choosing what course to take:

  • Traditional publishing takes time—it takes roughly 18 months before you get your book printed while self-publishing allows you to release your book in days or a few weeks.
  • Publishers handle all activities from editing down to book distribution; self-publishing requires you to manage everything from editing and marketing your work.
  • Publishers have control over all critical decisions. On the other hand, when you choose to self-publish, you get 100 percent of the profits and retain all rights to your books.
Tips On What Not To Do When Self-Publishing Your Book

Let’s assume you’ve decided to take the transformed route of publishing your book. To ease your journey towards becoming the next self-published superstar, take a quick look at these tips on what you should not do before rolling out that book with your own hands:

Failing to catch typos

Publishing an error-free book is definitely a no-brainer tip for you as a writer. Your friends and family probably don’t mind spotting an error or two, but your readers do. Don’t fret—failing to catch typos yourself doesn’t make you less competent. In fact, it’s the result of how you, as a writer, possess a precise grip on the meaning you want to convey. A competition exists between what you see and what exists in your head.

  • To proofread your works, hire a skilled editor. Aside from grammatical errors, having fresh eyes allow issues such as plot holes, weak character developments, and other inconsistencies you don’t want your buying readers to point out, be addressed constructively.
Talking where you readers aren’t

Publishing is a business. Whether you choose to take the traditional or self-publishing route, you have to be fully-geared when it comes turning those paperbacks into actual cash. To do this, marketing plays a significant role. You can’t expect a huge fan base to grow on its own instantly, even after you’ve published your book successfully. You need to spark conversations with your readers to establish strong engagement.

  • Bank on social networking sites—Facebook, Twitter and even blogs with a huge following. Remember, your message must be tailored-fit to your target audience. A boring template won’t make you a star.
  • You can’t sell books on Amazon and expect it to reap bucks against a pool of previously published content—which, for the record could run around 600,000 to 1,000,000 books every single year.
  • If you have enough digits, hire a team of marketing specialists who can create a buzz for you while still getting a hundred percent of the profits.
Choosing Photos Fit Only for Digital Viewing

The resolution in which images are displayed on your screen dramatically differs from what your readers see on actual paper. As a rule of thumb, graphics, as seen on your computer screen, are shown at 72 dots per inch. However, the dot density of an image when reproduced in the physical paper can be higher. Thus, not all images in physical print appear precisely as unsullied as it is in digital format.

Ignoring Copyrights

If you’re not in for a legal escapade—it’s best not to take copyrights for granted. As a potential self-publishing author, you need to understand how the gift of control over your works entails weightier responsibilities. Unlike traditional publishing, you need to be wary of more legalities when self-publishing your book.

  • Avoid grabbing images and other graphic content through a basic browser search. Not all Google images you find are royalty-free.
  • Use lyrics or texts in quantities that do not interfere with the creator’s rights.
  • Evaluate the risks that come with using brand names to avoid trademark infringement.
Start Writing

The heart of every writer bleeds unique content on every page they work on—be it digital or physical paper. Share content that will add value to your reader’s life. Whatever publishing route you choose to take, always take pride in your craft, innovate!

Sarah is a passionate writer and advocate for donating stories to the less fortunate. She currently works for and enjoys reading her favourite novels in her pass time. She has a loving and very supportive family and enjoys visiting book signing events whenever she can.



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Guest Post: 5 Benefits of Self-Publishing You Should Know About by Kevin McNamara

Hi everyone! Today I have a guest poster, Kevin McNamara, here to talk about the benefits of self-publishing. So any writers out there who are trying to make that all-important decision between traditional and self publishing, maybe this article will help you!


Yes, traditional publishing houses are past their glory days. With today’s development of the Internet, a book author feels a much less need in a publishing house to get the reader’s’ attention. Like most things in the world, this tendency does have its drawbacks, but the pros by far outweigh the cons.

In this article, you’ll find top 5 reasons that make self-publishing a more attractive option to young and aspiring authors than traditional book publishing.


In the traditional book-publishing scheme, a writer needs to wait to be discovered by an agent who will then find them a publisher. This process can be very long, tiresome, and nerve-wracking, or this day might never even come, doesn’t depend on whether you’re a good writer, or not.

If you decide to choose self-publishing, on the other hand, you can skip this stage and have your book published whenever you feel ready.


Even famous and established authors often complain about the control imposed on them by their publishing houses. Now, this is arguably a drawback, since the person appointed by the publishing house does provide a fresher look at your work, assumingly being an expert at what he is doing. And yet, it does often take a lot of the fun and magic away from the writing process, making it more dull and routine.

When you are publishing your book yourself, you are in charge of everything: content, cover and interior design, marketing strategy, pricing, etc. But remember, you don’t have your publisher always watching your back and pointing to your every mistake, so be careful and think twice before you do anything.


You can see how big handmade clothes and accessories, as well as organic, locally grown food, are today. As opposed to the stuff manufactured industrially, these things possess the unique warmness and coziness that make consumers feel as if these particular products were made especially for them – so make them feel special.


Do you know what is common for Lewis Carroll’s ”Alice in Wonderland”, Leo Tolstoy’s ”Anna Karenina”, Friedrich Nietzsche’s ”The Antichrist”, and Mark Twain’s ”The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”? They all either went unnoticed initially, or were shattered by the critics, and therefore were commercial flops. Same goes for pretty much everything written by Franz Kafka or H. P. Lovecraft, or even J. R. R. Tolkien. History knows many examples when a book went unnoticed when it was first written but later on gained a massive following. Some books are like good wine – they need time to catch on.
A traditional bookstore usually lets any new book a life on a shelf from 30 to 60 days, whereas with self-publishing, you can avoid such limitations, and keep your book “on the shelf” pretty much forever.


You will receive feedback from your readers regarding the fate of a certain character. If you choose to please your audience and introduce the changes that they desire, you can do that instantly, without having to wait until your publisher re-issues your book (which they may even refuse to do).

Same goes with the pricing: demand increases, and you feel like your book should cost more than it currently does, it will take you a few clicks to set the price you want. Or drop it a bit, if you feel like it will help you to sell more copies.

That being said, it is up to you to decide whether you should find yourself a publishing house or have your book self-published. As a matter of fact, nothing can stop you from combining these two approaches. Just remember about all the perks of self-publishing.

kevin-mcnamara-headshotMy name is Kevin and I’m a content writer and blogger. I like sharing my thoughts with people through words.

Connect with Kevin on his blog, The Wtiting Kid,  Facebook and Twitter!

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