I’m pleased to let you know that I’ve compiled all the information I know about the self-publishing process into my new book, Self-Publishing for Canadians. I’ve essentially brain dumped the process I use to publish books. I haven’t left anything out.
When I wanted to self-publish a book in 2008, I joined a couple of self-publishing Yahoo groups and scoured the Internet for information. Compared to today, there wasn’t much out there. The eBook revolution hadn’t started. Self-publishing was still a dirty word. Those doing it were going to paperback and doing their best to look like traditional publishers.
I managed to piece together the basic self-publishing process for print-on-demand books. But it took months of hanging around on self-publishing groups to get all the details. I finally published my first book in January, 2010.
Just prior to that, the eBook revolution stirred. Now I had more questions. How do I create an eBook? How do I get it into Amazon’s Kindle store (in 2009, the answer for Canadians was, “You don’t. Sorry.”). What’s this withholding tax I’ve heard about?
When it came to eBooks, the Yahoo groups weren’t as much help. Even today, they tend to focus on print more than eBooks, and the majority of members are American. It took a me lot of time, research, and tenacity to find out how a Canadian should best go about publishing to print, eBook, and audiobook (Canadians can’t use ACX!).
There’s a lot of information out there, but much of it assumes an American audience. For example, you’ll be told to buy your ISBNs from Bowker. You’ll be told to go direct to Barnes & Noble. You’ll be told to use ACX for your audiobooks. None of this advice applies to Canadians.
In Self-Publishing for Canadians, you’ll find out:
- How to polish your first draft – beta readers, professional editors, and more
- How to get ISBNs and CIP data
- Options for producing your print files
- Options for producing your ebook files
- How to get your print books into all the major online bookstores
- How to publish to Kindle, kobo, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play
- Canadian programs for publishers that can earn you extra money
- How to stop the IRS from keeping 30% of your revenue from book sales
- Audiobook production and distribution
- Options for selling books directly to readers
- How to avoid common mistakes