A Gift from Us to You Courtesy of Melinda Clayton

self pubbing made simpleSeveral years ago, I wrote a self-publishing guide titled Self-publishing Made Simple: A How-to Guide for the Non-tech-savvy Among Us. My goal was to help up-and-coming authors avoid some of the pitfalls and tough lessons many of us have learned along the way.

From the Table of Contents:

Self-publishing for the Non-tech-savvy Among Us:  An Introduction

Self-publishing or Traditional: Research, Research, Research

Self-publishing: Business Odds and Ends

Ebooks: What Are the Options?

Kindle Direct Publishing: Pros, Cons, Royalties and Payments

Draft2Digital: Pros, Cons, Royalties and Payments

Smashwords: Pros, Cons, Royalties and Payments

Formatting in Microsoft Word for Kindle Direct Publishing and Draft2Digital

Paperbacks: What Are the Options?

KDP Print (formerly CreateSpace) vs. IngramSpark

ISBNs, Barcodes, Copyright, Library of Congress, and Alexa Rankings

How Not to Sell A Book

A Final Word

Helpful Resources

About the Author

I removed the guide from publication several years ago for a couple of reasons. First, the world of self-publishing went through an incredibly fast period of change and growth for a few years, and I wasn’t able to keep up and revise as often as was needed.

Second, because of the various roles I have in the writing/publishing community, I receive questions on a fairly consistent basis and instead of typing out long responses, it was often easier to just attach the PDF and say, “Here. Read this.”

Because I want to repay those who paved the way ahead of my own self-publishing journey, I’m now making it available to anyone who wants it. Download and share as you see fit; just don’t try to republish or claim it as your own. *Looks over glasses and wags finger*

You may download Melinda’s guide to self-publishing here.

Author: Melinda Clayton

Melinda Clayton is the author of the Cedar Hollow series, as well as a self-publishing guide. Clayton has published numerous articles and short stories in various print and online magazines. She has an Ed.D. in Special Education Administration and is a licensed psychotherapist in the states of Florida and Colorado. Lear more about Melinda at her Amazon author page

15 thoughts on “A Gift from Us to You Courtesy of Melinda Clayton”

  1. A big thank you to Melinda Clayton, that is so generous! Thanks also to K.S. Brooks for facilitating this.

    Now about this idea of republishing or claiming it as one’s own… really? I guess there are a few people out there, somewhere, who might be that desperate; but for me, creativity, success and originality are all part of the same dream, so what would be the point?

    I think that is true for the vast majority of writers, however it does bear stating the obvious, for what can best be called the minority. I’m it was said while looking over your glasses with the wagging finger! 😉

    1. Mostly joshing. 🙂 But like K.S. Brooks said, it does unfortunately happen. In my previous career I used to design trainings and workshops for agencies serving people with developmental disabilities. One day I received a marketing packet in the mail – full of MY materials – from a workshop presenter inviting me to her workshop. I sent her a thank you note for returning my materials to me and included a copy of my copyright registration. That workshop she was getting ready to present never did happen. Wonder why. 😉

        1. I arranged all of my workshop materials into one big document (basically a book with headings for each workshop) and registered it that way. I don’t remember how much it cost back then, but these days I think it’d be $55 (more than one work by one author).

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