Self-Publishing 101: Q & A with a Ship’s Master

Beginners ask about things some of us take for granted. It’s useful to review the questions and answers to be sure we haven’t missed something which seems self-evident to others.

Sergiy KalyuzhnyI had a long online chat with Sergiy Kalyuzhny, Master at Marlow Navigation, Ukraine. He’s writing a non-fiction account of an event we haven’t fully discussed yet (though I sure hope Sergiy lets me help with the book so I can read about it.)

Since I’m posting late today, as penance, I’ll share the whole thing instead of splitting it into a half-dozen posts.

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Sharing the Profits vs. Hiring Assistance

I'm sure there's a metaphor about paths and choice in here somewhereI’ve long been opposed to sharing profits with the traditional publishing world after an author has done all the work to build a following.

Lately I’ve been thinking there’s middle ground.
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What Are the Biggest Changes in 21st Century Publishing?

Control over launching. Nobody has to wait to be picked.

Control over quality. You choose the editor, cover designer, interior layout, marketing. All of it.

Control over profits. You have a hope of affecting sales by the other things you control.

Expectation. Publishing a non-fiction is rapidly becoming an expectation for an entrepreneur. I frequently ask folks who’ve shared something brilliant “Where can I buy your book?”

Next question: When are you going to do something about it?

(Because this is such a short post, I’m including an incredibly cute photo of my Little One from a long time ago.)

Aw; isn't she cute?

Half a Conversation About Self-Publishing

I had a lengthy conversation about publishing. My half seems to make sense even without the questions, so I’m posting it here.

If you’re ready to even talk about getting your book out of the “someday” box, well, let’s talk, eh?

image http://www.sxc.hu/photo/540700 by Kishore N C http://www.sxc.hu/profile/kishorenc

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The Write Word Easy Editing & Spiffy Style Guide

Writers should not edit their own work. I do anyway. You probably do, too. Raconteur and nutter Tom Bentley wants to make it easier, so he’s released his Easy Editing & Spiffy Style Guide. It costs a paltry $9.97 (of which I’ll get none because that’s not an affiliate link.)

From Tom’s site:

The 55-Page Ebook Contains:

  • Best Practices in Editing—Learn how editing is critical to effective communication
  • Editing Tools—How to use all editing tools to maximum effect
  • Types of and Approaches to Editing—Harness the power of every editing stage
  • Proofreading Methods and Examples—Don’t let typos tangle your efforts
  • Editing Checklists—Perfect your documents, step-by-step
  • Editing Resources—In-context URLs providing expanded editing knowledge
  • Style Guide Covering Numbers, Possessives, Semicolons and More!
  • A Pocketful of General Usage Tips

If you care about writing, and would like an editing and style guide that will make you laugh ’til milk comes out your nose, this is the one. If you don’t love love love it, and value it highly, I personally guarantee Tom will give your money back.