Self-publishing skills: Selling your books

Welcome back to another look into the skills you’ll need as a self-publishing author. Last time we looked at publicity, now let’s look at selling your newly made book. Remember you can subscribe to get the latest blog posts direct to your inbox!

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We spoke last time about publicity. Let’s talk now about, what you do when people start wanting to buy your book. How do you sell books and how do you get them out there?

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Self-publishing skills: Publicity

Welcome to part six of this series of posts, all about self-publishing! Do make sure you subscribe to get all the latest updates direct to your inbox.

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Congratulations! You’ve made a book!

After all that hard work and investment, you can’t afford to sit back and expect the readers to fall at your feet: it’s time to start shouting about it. We’ll look at the specifics of selling in the following post, so make sure you come back for that one. Today, we’re simply looking at publicity.

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Self-publishing skills: Proofreading

Welcome to the fifth in this series of blog posts all about self-publishing. Do make sure you follow the blog to get all the latest updates direct to your inbox.

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“I need a proofreader!” cries the self-publishing author.

Very often, however, the term “proofreading” gets mixed up with “editing”. See an earlier blog post about the differences here.

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Self-publishing skills: Typesetting

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So, you just copy and paste your words into the page and that’ll do. Right?

Sadly not.

Typesetting is the crucial stage of getting your words into a format that will work on the page. It is closely tied in with all the design skills you need and that we looked at in the previous post. If you haven’t done so already, why not take a look at that?

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Self-publishing skills: Designing

Welcome back to the third in this series of self-publishing skills. Today we will be looking at the skill of designing the great cover.

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Self-publishing skills: Editing

This is the second in a series of blog posts about the skills you need to become a self-published writer. Make sure you subscribe to or follow the blog to get all the latest updates, tips and articles.

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In last post, I said it’s best not to edit as you write. So, we should probably look at what editing means.

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Self-publishing skills: Writing with grit and determination

This is the first in a new series of blog posts looking at all the skills you need to become a self-published writer. Make sure you subscribe to or follow the blog to get all the latest updates, tips and articles.

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It’s said that everyone has a book in them. And that’s probably true. More than one, possibly. We dream, we imagine, we say “what if?” and play out lots of scenarios in our heads.

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Book review: United Queerdom

By Dan Glass

Part memoir, part queer history book and part instruction manual, Dan Glass’s United Queerdom brilliantly explains the struggle.

Many people would believe, with gay marriage and many other rights now enshrined in law, that the fight is over. Pride in London moved from being a protest march to a parade back in the early 2000s, what is there left to do?

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By Dan Glass

Part memoir, part queer history book and part instruction manual, Dan Glass’s United Queerdom brilliantly explains the struggle.

Many people would believe, with gay marriage and many other rights now enshrined in law, that the fight is over. Pride in London moved from being a protest march to a parade back in the early 2000s, what is there left to do?

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Fact in fiction

Just because the characters and the story have come from your imagination, there is still a place for fact in fiction. Getting that right is key – and is also just one of a number of things that your editor will be checking.

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Emails, tweets, texts …

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Emails, texts, tweets and status updates. They are everywhere in our lives and so, increasingly, they are finding their way into novels.

But exactly how do you show this emails, texts, tweets and the like in your own writing?

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