MONDAY MIX – for those at the beginning of the path

OwlI am trying, on Monday Mix, to post a tiny bit of help for those just starting out on the idea of self-publishing.

As I am finding useful information, I shall try to pass it on. As you build up the names of the very good blogs, websites, and articles that are out there – you can build up your own repertoire of self-help and breaking news.

I have read there are on average 900 articles on self-publishing out at any one time – well – I shall simply post anything I find interesting on my journey of learning – and if it guides one person to one new inspiration- then that’s a beginning, for now.

Over the week-end, I read a lovely guide to marketing your book, once it is published. This is jumping ahead a little, or is it? I have found the drive to keep learning – whether it be creating a professional product, or how to harness social media – is all fuelled by the final aim of publishing, and reaching readers.

So many different motivations, but only one way. For all of us; publishing houses and publishers single!

I wonder how the travelling bards of old marketed their tales?

 

Using an e-mail signature to promote your book

DEBUT SELF-PUBLISHERS WANTED

tumblr_mj1q5jmC2w1rqgv0oo1_1280Welcome to the guide, for totally uninitiated authors, who have just realised they have to buy a computer and develop a third writing arm!

I am sure you are all finding absolutely TONS of information from Indie publishers, and also spotting the ones I am beginning to think of as the ‘gurus’ of this exciting new arena. The ones who have worked hard, and learnt fast, and are so passionate to help us – who trail helplessly, mouths open at the sheer volume to be absorbed.

I am learning, and will share all I can, but most of you will be way ahead of me, so perhaps this I am speaking to those of us who have only just put on our trainers, and are jogging, stomachs clenched, on the starting line!

Hello?!

From the beginning of my journey…

There is a certain lady whose book was the very first step in my musings on the possibilities of publishing for myself rather than be buried with my one hundredth draft, and eighty-fifth ‘bag the agent’ day behind me.

Her name is Catherine Ryan Howard, and I like her idea of collecting a few tweets and articles for general consumption. Anything to save us all time so we can recoup writing time seems sensible. Thank you Catherine.

I will try, for anyone who feels as terrified as me by this mountain, to return the favour, and post up a few bits and bobs I come across, that I hope might be of interest.

I would also like to advise, though, that I may not agree with the article – wouldn’t the world be dull if that were so?

So here goes… by three of my favourite gurus – all very different styles:

How to Get Your Book Published

Marketing

Blogging basics