Is Self Publishing Right for You? With Angela Bole and Charlotte Pierce

Are you Ready To Self-Publish Your Book?

Good question, isn’t it? How do you know? You probably won’t know if you are prepared to publish your own book until you take some time to step back and evaluate your business and your life.

My guests this week were Angela Bole, the Executive Director of Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA) and Charlotte Pierce of Pierce Press and Co-President of Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) shared great ideas and thoughts on how educating yourself and reaching out to others can help you on your publishing journey.

One of the very first steps that you should take is to come up with a plan. In Episode 5 of the Writing Biz, “Your Writing Business Plan with Nina Amir” we talked about how your business plan for your book, or series of books helps you figure out where you are going and how you will get there.

A great place to learn more about publishing is at the IBPA Publishing University. This is a two-day, event focused specifically on issues important to indie publishers and self-published authors. The event is in Austin, Tx, April 10-11, 2015.  Check out the 2014 Program to see what they offered.

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Resources to Help you Decide If Self-Publishing is Right For You

The Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook by Helen Sedwick– This is a MUST HAVE reference for any writer who is trying to build a business. Read BEFORE you get started. Helen offers so much great advice in this book that will save you time, money and heartache. Helen , Rivka Kawano and myself on The Writing Biz episode, “So, You Think You Want to Be  Writerpreneur?”

Here’s what she had to say about about starting your self-publishing business

 APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur- How To Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki
What Makes People Buy Self-Published Books? by Tara Sparling

Joel Friendlander’s blog The Book Designer is one of my favorites.

Nina Amir the Inspiration to Creation Coach offers some great help on her website.





About Laura Williams

Freelance writer, graphic designer and social marketing strategist. Host of The Writing Biz show a live stream and podcast that helps writers manage and grow their businesses.

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