Book Giveaway: The Self-Publisher’s FAQ

The publishing industry has been changing a lot in the last few years. It’s not a bad thing. It’s actually good for anyone who has always wanted to self-publish a book. Author Jacqueline Church Simonds has put together a perfect guide for anyone who has questions and is unsure of how to proceed. Simond’s guide has chapters that cover questions you may have about publishing, publishers, assembling your manuscript, social media, how to get reviews and more.


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One question that many writers have is, “Should I print hard copies of my book…or should I just do an ebook?” Simonds provides excellent information for this question in Chapter 7 titled “Printing a Paper Book.” According to Simonds, “The old model also supported first producing a hardback book, then six months to a year later a paperback version. Big publishers still follow this model. Self-publishers do not. For many self-publishers, the best move is to print via the POD method and offer ebooks. In this manner, you can keep your upfront costs low and concentrate your available cash on marketing your book.” Simonds also covers, in Chapter 7, the process regarding book size, print type, binding and cost. She answers more detailed questions about ebooks in Chapter 8.

If you are a writer who wants to know, “Do I have to have a Press Kit?” Simonds states, “No. If you’d rather save on paper and shipping, you might consider creating a one-sheet with an image of the book, short summary, endorsements, reviews, short author bio, picture, and all the book data.” Simonds helps anyone who wants to self-publish a book or perhaps has specific questions, get the answers. Each chapter covers topics you will need to know. Step-by-step information will walk you through each process. The back of the book has a countdown of where you should be in a particular time-frame. For example: She gives you 9 months to finish writing your book and researching the market. By month 12 you should start setting up your publishing company and so on.

Jacqueline Church Simonds has been a publisher for thirteen years, producing over twenty books, has worked over thirty-five publishing projects and was a book distributor handling at one point over forty titles.

Where Are You Promoting?

We all know that promoting your book is important. Posting to Amazon, Good Reads and working with bloggers are a few great ways to share your work. But, where else could you potentially post and share? I discovered a list at eBook Foundry that may be of assistance.



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Below is a list of book promoting sites. If you find this page useful please promote it on social media :)

Website Alexa ranking Estimated monthly traffic Features
Anobii 26,160 10-15k Shelve and show off your books, Find, Discover your next book with the help of the community.
Authortree No rank below 1k Seems to have discontinued its services.
Babelio 32,886 below 1k Book Directory for French books. Create an online library to organize and share your favorite books.
Bibliophil 3,077,199 below 1k Forum about books – profile with books appearing in signature, list of favorite and wished books.
Bookhitch 1,164,045 below 1k Book Directory Offers Free Listing and Premium listing : $19.95/year
Authonomy 228,225 around 15k Online writing community enabling writers to submit their books to a major book publisher, and receive reviews and feedback from a community of readers, editors and agents.
Booklicker no rank none Appears discontinued, domain name for sale.
Booksie 58,718 Close to 100k Free online publishing site that allows writers to easily post, share, and promote their writing.
Bookswellread 9,172,602 none website down.
Booktour 4,799,469 None domain name for sale.
BookBrowse 192,052 Over 100k Offers selected book listing, authors interviews, link to authors’ website Reviewed by humans.
Connect Via Books N/A N/A Automatically redirects to a Facebook page where you an exchange opinion about books through an app.
Book Buzzer 17,160 Around 7k domain name for sale.
Freado 81,084 Around 15k Offer games, contests and many other perks for readers to get acquainted with books.
Discover A Book 5,895,696 around 7k Offers a place to list your book for a small fee.
Filed By 2,646,990 Around 7k Offers a free platform to list your book, open a profile and engage with the community
GoodRead 243 over 3M Build a friend networks of writers and readers, organize events and much more
Gurulib 4,747 around 5k Create your own library of books and games and to make it non-private to share with others.
Internet Book Data Base 1,329,320 Around 4k Offers paid options for featured author or featured book. Caters mainly for Asia.
Jacket Flap 194,951 60k Directory of children books, publishers and professionals related to children book publishing.
Library Thing 12,692 500k Cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.
Listal 3,984 1.5M A place to list, rate, tag and review movies, TV shows, music, games and books and an internal user created database
Nothing Binding 576,542 2k Offers possibility to craft, upload and manage your book cover image, book promotion materials and your bio.
Polkadot Banner 3,122,114 1k Offers possibility to open multiple books aims to be a community of readers and writers. 602,570 Around 2k Offers Possibility to list your book
RedRoom 64,232 Around 40k Offers Possibility to list your book, open a blog from their site, connect with readers and sell your book from their site.
The Self-Publishing Experience 3.6 M Around 2 m Enables you to share your experience about publishing in a vague hope that it will bring some readers to your book.
Reader 2 1,350,671 Around 3m Community book sharing
Shelfari 35,179 Around 100k Enables you to build a virtual book shelf, that include book reviews from Amazon and to interact with your Shelfari community.
Shelf Centered No rank less than 1m Lists your wish list
Slake 5,033,000 Less than 1m Lists some books according to ill-defined criterion
WritersNet 212,494 Around 18k Offers forum, writers and authors directory, various resources for writers, agents and publishers. 49,270 Around 30k Post your poetry, short stories, novels, scripts, and screenplays Get reviews and advice from thousands of other writers. 657,525 Around 10k Currently being redesigned
Zazie Web 10,273,163 Less then 1k For books in French


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Free Resources To Design Your Own Ebook

The web has a plethra of sites to find information. The purpose of this blog is to help you narrow down the choices. I came across a site that has 20+ resources for writers I’ve never heard of. I will be utilizing most of them for my own projects. Take a look at Lifehack. You may be there for a while so make sure you have snacks and a beverage just in case.

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English: Tools (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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What Will Readers Notice About Your Book?

The spine of the book is an important aspect i...

The spine of the book is an important aspect in book design, especially in cover design. When the books are stacked up or stored in a shelf, what’s on the spine is the only visible information about the book. In a book store, the details on the spine are what initially attract attention. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7 Things Readers Notice When Picking Up A Book

If you have any hope of having your book achieve financial and critical success, you must understand how your readers (your customers), view your book (your product) when they first see it (online or on a shelf). Once you fully understand how your readers will perceive your book when they first see it, then you can adjust your book accordingly.

In order to accomplish this, you must separate yourself from your personal feelings about your book, and think like the objective buyer would think. What would attract you to a book like yours? What would attract people in your audience to a book like yours? Would you as a buyer be more attracted to a handsome cover, or to the cover blurbs? Would you buy a book based on its cover art, or because of the well-known names that are quoted on the cover? Does the book’s page count seem too long, or too short, to cover the topic adequately? Does the subtitle seem to be promising too much for such a topic? How does your book’s attributes compare to other books within your subject category? Read more here.

Do You Know How To Publish Your eBook?

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How To Do Your Own eBook Distribution

by Newshelves Distribution

Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Nook, Sony, Blio….

Here are some questions that keep authors up nights:

1. What is the best way to get my ebook up on all the major platforms?
2. How do I get set up?
3. What files do I use?
4. Do I use SmashwordsBookBaby?
5. Do I need to pay someone a cut or a fee to do my ebook distribution?


Here are the answers:

1. The best way to get your ebook out up on all major platforms is to spend an hour setting up accounts with Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Googlebooks and iTunes. The rest can wait. Seriously. Kindle alone is over 90% of ebook sales; so with Nook, Kobo, Googlebooks and iTunes included? You are ALL SET. Read more here.