Ten books to help every self-publishing author
Getting a book published can be a challenging task, but luckily enough, there are some great books to help fellow authors, from these you can learn from successful writers and experts within the publishing industry, here are our top ten picks for books you should check out today.
ONE – How to Publish a book on Amazon
Newly updated, this popular book gives lots of very useful information from an author who has been successfully writing for the past 20 years. This new version of the book tells you how to get your book ready for publication along with the marketing you’ll want to consider when promoting it, the author also provides details on what not to do and how to take the first step towards a writing career.
This book is available as an eBook, Audio book and paperback.
TWO – How to Market a Book
Written by Ricardo Fayet (who was one of the founders of Reedsy), this book has been incredibly popular with many authors, and with over 1,000 reviews on Amazon scoring 4.5 stars, it’s clear to see why you should add this to your reading list.
Using a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn how to get Amazon’s kindle store to market your book, how to get readers into your own mailing list, how to automate your marketing (and free up more of your own time), using jargon free language, this guide is great for beginners and the more experienced alike.
Available as an eBook, Paperback and Hardback.
THREE – Write, Publish, Repeat
Written by Sean M. Platt and Johnny Truant, this book comes from the authors who have gone from selling just a handful of books to millions of copies, they have also gone on to help countless indie authors achieve their publishing goals.
The book details a ‘no-luck’ guide to publishing, explaining how to create your next novel along with how to get it ready for upload and the marketing strategies you’ll need to get it in front of your reader. It boasts over 1,000 reviews and 4.6 stars, it’s also won a ‘Goodreads Choice Award’.
Available as an audio book, eBook, Paperback and Hardback.
FOUR – 14 Steps to Self-Publishing a Book
From Mike Kowis, this book offers a 14-step plan on how to publish your book successfully, covering editing, distribution, marketing, costs and the lessons learned from the author, The book was a finalist of the international book awards for 2017 and has been nominated for several other respected book awards too.
Available as an eBook, audio book and paperback
FIVE – The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published
By Arielle Eckstut, this very popular guide has been helping authors since 2010 and offers lots of information on getting your book published, it includes interviews with agents, editors, successful authors and professional book buyers.
This book shows you how to locate and work with an agent, how to pitch your book, create a perfect query letter, find a publisher, how to reach your readers, elements you should have on your website and much more.
Available as an eBook and paperback
SIX – Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
Written by the professional editors Renni Browne and Dave King, this updated second edition teaches the techniques used within professional editing, giving the reader a great insight and guide on how to professionally edit their own fiction.
Covering elements such as exposition, POV, dialogue and much more, the book gives lots of examples from the large catalogue of books that the authors have worked on to show you how.
Available as both an eBook and Paperback.
SEVEN – The Psychology Workbook for Writers
This book gives thorough insight in how to create realistic characters, by outlining psychological theory that can be used within writing, it uses worksheets to help you develop both the characters within the book along with story itself.
It’s a great book to consider and can really help with creating realistic characters, from a fiction author who has used his career in both writing and counselling to give you a helpful and in-depth view of psychological traits for your characters.
Available as and eBook and Paperback.
EIGHT – Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents (29th Edition – 2023)
This is one of the classic ‘must buy’ books for authors, trusted by countless authors, this guide book gives the latest on insider information from the experts, it’s been used over the past three decades and will continue to offer some great info to help every self-publishing author.
Available as paperback only
NINE – Writer’s Market 100th Edition
By Robert Lee Brewer, this trusted book gives listings for thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, listing book publishers, agents and submission information.
Along with these listings the book also gives details on promoting your writing, charging, how to write query letters for both fiction and nonfiction with sample letters, and lists of professional writing organizations.
Available as an eBook and paperback.
TEN – Self-Publishing for Authors
This great guide has been written by Dave Roberts (the founder of JD&J) who has worked within the publishing industry for more than a decade, taking his years of experience working with countless authors in helping them to publish their books.
It gives details on getting an editor, setting up your book, choosing a print on demand publisher, how to get reviews for your book, how to upload your book to KDP, marketing your book and much more.
Available as a downloadable book
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