Sunday, April 21, 2013

Thinking About Self-Publishing?

 If you're thinking about self-publishing, you might want to sign up for this course. This is the last one Amy Atwell will be offering until Fall.
Intro to Your Self-Publishing Business   Dates: April 28 - May 25, 2013

Course Details

Self-publishing provides an amazing opportunity for authors to take control of their own publishing career. It's also a lot of hard work.

This four-week lecture series and discussion group is designed to teach students about the business of self-publishing books digitally and in print.  When an author chooses to self-publish a book, it means supervising the production and distribution process.  We'll cover all the basics from the perspective of building a successful, long-runninng business:

- basics of self-employment models: sole proprietor, LLC, corporation
- protecting your privacy if you write under a pseudonym
- registering copyright
- obtaining ISBNs and when they're necessary
- finding and working with freelance editors, formatters and cover artists
- distributing directly to retailers vs using aggregators or publishing services
- self-publishing audio books and foreign translations
- where and how to sell your book
- building a basic timeline and budget
- best practices for building your self-published book
- understanding metadata and how and where it's used
- is self-publishing really for you?


- For students to gain a clearer understanding of how to self-publish
- For students to take ownership of their publishing career path
- For students to gain perspective on the financial and artistic reasons to choose self-publishing
- For students to gain knowledge and tools to help them embark on self-publishing their work
- For students to discover trustworthy resources for further research


Kelli Finger is published under her pseudonym Abbey MacInnis and has recently set up her sole-proprietorship publishing company.  A classically-trained vocalist with a Masters of Social Work, Kelli is a strong advocate for people with disabilities and has worked for over six years as a Braille proofreader. Having faced the challenges of developing her own self-publishing career, she's eager to help others save time and understand their many options.  Kelli will be moderating the class, so don‚t hesitate to direct questions to her.

Amy Atwell is the self-published author of Ambersley, which sold 36,000 copies in its first year and hit #1 in Historical Romance on both Kindle and Nook. Amy combines 10+ years of writing experience with perspective from her previous careers in production management, retail and education to develop classes for Author E.M.S., an online resource library and service center for authors. She is an active member of RWA, MWA and HNS and founder of WritingGIAM, an online community for goal-oriented writers.

Dates: April 28 - May 25, 2013
Taught by Amy Atwell and Kelli Finger
Cost:  $40 payable by PayPal or check
The class will take place on a Yahoo loop. Lectures will be posted to the group and in the files section. Registrants will receive an invitation to the group after they've completed the registration process (after April 23).


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hey there!

When my daughter was home for spring break a few weeks ago, we made a stop motion claymation video for my thriller, ABDUCTED.

We had a lot of fun. The spider we made out of clay and used to crawl up and over the book had to have a spider double to take his place because we had to squish him to the book so many times. The spider walking across the screen by its lonseome took one hour just to film 15 seconds of video. Enjoy!

And for those of you who are curious about how some self-published authors are doing when it comes to # of books sold, check out Marie Force's blog post on E-Book Formatting Fairies website HERE.

Don't forget to have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Theresa Ragan is...


I want to thank all of my readers for making so many of my dreams come true. Since becoming an indie author in March 2011, wonderful things continue to happen every week.

I have a few contests going on during the Month of April. If you want to enter my GET YOUR NAME IN MY BOOK CONTEST (Book #4 of my Lizzy Gardner Series), CLICK HERE to enter.

If you would like a chance to win an ADVANCED reading copy of Book #3 in the Lizzy Gardner series, ENTER HERE TO WIN.

Also, don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter for a chance to win a $50 gift card each month! A winner will be chosen on the 15th of every month, but you must stay subscribed to be eligible each month.

Dream big and always believe in yourself!