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Self publishing help to clear the way for a good, problem free, experience.

Self publishing can be a lot like walking through mine field. Some time you get lucky and make your way through the maze of potential danger and sometime you step on a mine and it’s all over.

I know, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but it feels that way when you’re trying to figure out the best way to get your baby to the market. And if you are anything like me, you love to write and working with writing ideas but all this other stuff can be mind boggling. Not to mention the fact that you could make the wrong decisions about how you go about it and find it can cost a lot of time and money! Unfortunately, I know this from experience because I did it.

If you want to check it out just take a look at my first book. At the time was titled

Under False Pretense: A Sam Parker Mystery

published by a company that, although they said they had edited it and I paid extra to have it done, I found that it certainly had not been edited, as I found out to my horror! (Do Not Buy It!)

I then took charge of the whole process and hired an amazing editor named Mary from A1 editing services and then worked with Angela and Richard Hoy at and released it two years later under the title

MALICIOUS INTENT: A Sam Parker Mystery

As you can see, I know what I’m talking about. I made a few costly mistakes and I hope that by sharing them with you, you won't do the same. Let’s try to sort out some of the mystery of self publishing and allow me to offer some self publishing help so you can reach your writing goals with incurring high self publishing costs.

I am going to try to simplify the process and offer some information that I hope, will help you have a hassle free experience. The good news is that it is possible to navigate through the good, the bad, and the ugly of self publishing and you won't even need a book publishing agent. There is a lot of self publishing help available, just be sure to do your research.

What exactly does self publishing mean? These days there are a couple of answers to the question and depending who you ask, you may find several theories on it, but for my explanation here, I will refer to self publishing as an umbrella subject that just means that you will be paying a company to print your book. Please understand that this is a very general definition.

Where You Can Get Self Publishing Help

Long ago, you didn't have the option of self publishing online like we do today. In fact, there was only one way to self publish and that was to typeset your manuscript, or have it done for you and then hire a cover designer to design the perfect cover, and then hire a book printer to print a certain number of books. Once they were complete, you would store them in your garage or living room and figure out a way to sell them yourself. Simple, right?

That’s the basic idea of true self publishing and you can still do it that way today and many people do. The issue that comes up with this method is cost. You will have to pay for all of these services and it’d not cheap. We are talking thousands of dollars, and that’s without any guarantee that you will even sell one book, much less get your investment back or even make any money. That is why it is so difficult to get published traditionally. The publishing houses just can’t afford to take a chance.

So what can we do? As writer’s we are pretty lucky today. The internet has made being a self published author very easy. Maybe too easy. We have so many options but not all of them or the companies that provide an easy way to becoming a writer, are well, in our best interest. That's why we need self publishing help.

We have something called print on demand that has significantly lowered our costs in getting our book to the market place, but we still have to be careful. Too many companies try to up sell us at every turn, making us believe that forgoing any service they provide will be detrimental in our success as an author and our dream of being able to work from home writing will be dashed. But it just isn’t true. And if we believe them, as so many first time authors do, we get taken advantage of.

With the pitfalls out of the way, let me just say that there are a few great self publishing service providers that are wonderful to work with and won’t try to drain your bank account! Those are the ones I will talk about here. If you want more information, take a look at my self publishing a book page.

Best Bets For Self Publishing

As you know, I have written and self published several books and ebooks and after I discovered the hard way, how not to do it, I have spent an enormous amount of time researching different options for taking control of the publishing process so I try to offer others self publishing help so they don't make the same mistakes I made. This is what I have found.

Before you publish anything, especially a printed book, make sure you take the time and have it edited professionally. It makes such a difference.

If you are interested in the traditional method of publishing I would recommend Peter Bowerman’s book, The Well Fed Self Publisher –

The Well-Fed Self-Publisher Home Page

And also Dan Poynter’s book The Self-Publishing Manual

Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, & Sell Your Own Book)

I have read several books on traditional self publishing and these two are the best I have found that offer some great self publishing help.

I like POD which is print on demand publishing. What makes this a great option is that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg if you do it right. If you have looked at my self publishing a book page, I hope you have read the warning part. It is important if you want to do it right the first time.

My favorite options for POD self publishing are:

Booklocker – You can find them at – You can tell Angela that Maria Pease referred you, although you must know, I do not get any type of payment or compensation for my referral. I just happen to think they are the best. (Do a search on the Booklocker site with my name, you will see that they are my publishers.)

You will get all the self publishing help you need from them. There is a lot of information on the website so you can take a look first and see if they are right for you.

Amazon – at the bottom of the page for the independently publish with us link. – I have to tell you that I love Amazon and am totally addicted to buying books from them, and now they have created even more good news. You have several options to self publish with them. They are:

CreateSpace – It offers:

  • No membership or title set-up fees.
  • Flexible royalty model puts you in control.
  • A growing community of passionate authors, filmmakers, and musicians sharing resources and tips for success.
  • A non-exclusive agreement keeps your future publishing and distribution options open.
  • Free CreateSpace ISBN or UPC if you don't yet have one.

Kindle Direct Publishing – KDP - It offers:

  • High royalty %. Publishing is free and you can earn up to 70% royalty while having the ability to set your own price.
  • Quick publishing. Publishing takes less than five minutes and your book usually appears on the Kindle store within a day.
  • Easy. A final manuscript and an Amazon account are all that you need to publish your book on
  • Sell globally. Publish books written in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian and specify pricing in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, or Euros.

I’m sure there are other good options out there as well, but these are my favorites. I ask that you don’t just take my word for it, please research all self publishing options and see what works for you. Watch you pocketbook because when your emotion gets involved, it can really get out of hand. Think about the things you can do on your own, and then do them.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at and I will do my best to help.

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