Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Welcome, independent author! Here are the questions I get the most, and the answers. You can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I distribute my ebook and print book?
Great question! There are a LOT of ways to do this. Please read my blog post Book Aggregators and Distributors: How Your Book Gets to Your Readers. But probably you need to start marketing your book now, yes, before you publish. Competitive analysis and market research are the most important steps to making sure your book fits in the marketplace and making any necessary changes before you think about distribution. I can help you with this in one-on-one consulting with a publishing plan. See below.
Which tools and services do I need to help me publish?
I’ve created a Consumer’s Guide to Writing & Publishing Tools & Services. It’s a 90-page ebook that reviews companies from Amazon to Vellum. Get it for free (and updates forever) by signing up here:
I’m just starting out. What do I need to know first?
When you subscribe (above) you’ll get the link to download the consumer’s guide and a short series of emails that introduce you to self-publishing essentials.
Do you do workshops?
Absolutely! My workshops include: How to Start Self-Publishing, How to Prepare Your Manuscript, How to Create Your Publishing Business, How to Distribute Your Book, How to Sell Your Book Direct, and How to Market Your Book.
If you’d like to create a customized workshop or retreat for your group, please let me know.
Costs vary depending on venue, travel, number of attendees, and materials included (guides, workbooks), and ranges in price from $49 to $129 per person.
How do the online courses work?
The online courses range from $14.99 for some short courses to $499 for the entire suite of courses. I’m currently experimenting with content and pricing as I receive feedback from authors. You’ll sign up and pay for the course and if you have any questions you can use the feedback form at the end of each lesson. I also jump in with occasional webinars and Q&A sessions. Find the courses here.
Do you provide one-on-one consulting and services?
Yes. Working one-on-one with authors is very satisfying for me, and so I set aside a little time each month to do that. If you just need a few questions answered quickly and want the convenience of “renting my brain,” contact me to set up a date and time. We can do it by phone, Skype, or Zoom. My hourly rate is $300 which includes a 60-minute phone call after you send me materials that will help me understand your book and your current platform. It also includes two weeks of followup emails. A more economical option is a publishing plan service for $500 where I give you research to do and forms to fill out. After a one-hour phone call we will exchange a few emails and then finally review your completed form in a one-hour phone conversation.
I’m in the publishing industry. Can you help us reach more authors?
Absolutely. I’ve worked with designers, editors, book coaches, and corporations like Ingram. Whether it’s crafting blog posts, documents, or consulting with you to attract more authors who want to self-publish, let’s talk! I can put together a quote.
I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know how I can help with an email to email@example.com or calling me at 1.510.230.4262.