- Paperback: 482 pages
- Publisher: Egghead Books; Third edition (September 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991677617
- ISBN-13: 978-0991677610
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,542,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Global Indie Author: Your Guide to the World of Self-Publishing Third Edition
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"I have read many books about self-publishing and have to say how impressed I am with the incredible detail and research that went into putting this book together. Demers goes through virtually everything an author who wants to understand this world would need to know in order to make informed decisions. This tops my recommended list for anybody considering learning more about self-publishing in either print or ebook or both."
- Mark Lefebvre, Director, Self-Publishing and Author Relations, Kobo Writing Life
"If you are self-publishing, buy The Global Indie Author and read it cover to cover. It is quite possibly the best resource book available for independent authors." - Mark Hanen, Words: I Know What I Want To Say - I Just Don't Know How To Say It
"The Global Indie Author is an excellent book for anyone who wants a comprehensive guide through the indie publishing journey, whether you are living in the U.S. or living in Denmark ... Buy this book and spend your precious time writing!" - Kate Tremills, Messenger and Queen Isabel
"I self-published a set of books many years ago without the luxury of Demers's experience, and it was a challenge ... the world of self-publishing has gotten even more complex. Going in blindly can waste a great deal of time and money. Do yourself a favor, get this book if you want to self-publish." - Karl Schmidt, Tiny Thoughts for Personal Transformation
"The Global Indie Author includes vital information ... I also found the writing, particularly that in the introduction, engaging. I am already recommending this to my clients." - Audrey Owen, Writer'sHelper.com
From the Author
New cover, new subtitle -- to reflect the truly global phenomenon that self-publishing has become -- and a great deal of new content (over 80 pages). The technical chapters have been completely overhauled to deal with the complexities of image handling, the increasing frustrations of font handling, and the divergence of ebook technology away from the upload-your-Word-doc-to-Amazon model that the industry was initially built upon. New content includes:
- Spelling for an international audience
- Digital proofreading software
- Increased coverage of the legal minefields of erotica, how-to and self-help manuals, blasphemy, and hate propaganda
- U.S. First Amendment law (what it does and does not cover)
- The use of personal photographs in your book
- Fan fiction and copyright law
- Expanded coverage on acquiring permission to use copyrighted materials; how and when to change or expand that use
- How foreign authors with restricted rights can self-publish in the U.S.
- Cataloging in Publication
- LCCNs and the Library of Congress PCN program
- Publisher Cataloging in Publication
- International Standard Name Identifier program
- Language settings in Word and how this affects your ebook code
- How to clean out unwanted style and font definitions, and problematic stray code from your document
- Adding code for ebook text-to-speech software
- How to create cascading (multilevel) indents, text boxes, lines, drop caps, tables, and image frames in ebooks
- How to use media queries for Kindle books
- How to build an ePub then convert to Kindle
- Creating an advance review copy for Kindle
- New PDF options for print books
- In-depth analysis of the Apple/Big Six publisher ebook price-fixing lawsuit and its hidden effects on indie authors, now and in future
- Analysis of the impending changes to sales tax in Europe and Australia, and to changes already implemented in Japan, and how these game-changing events will affect indie authors, specifically our pricing and revenue
- Charm pricing: what it is and how to achieve it
- Latest global ebook developments
- Latest DRM technology and why abandoning Adobe DRM for watermarking should be the way forward
- Latest global anti-piracy strategies
- eBook lending clubs
- KDP and Kobo pre-orders and other promotional programs for authors
- eBook aggregators: new issues and opportunities to consider when choosing
- Ingram Spark: the new print-on-demand portal for indie authors
- Foreign options for print on demand
- Expanded advice on writing a great book description
- How to use keywords and metadata to your advantage
- Expanded index (print only)
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And that’s what the 3rd Edition of the Global Indie Author is: A handbook that you keep close by. If there’s anything you want to know, check her index and you’ll find it. The Director of Self Publishing and Author Relations at KOBO, Mark Lefebvre, said “This tops my recommended list for anybody considering learning more about self-publishing in either print or eBook or both.” But never mind Mark, listen to me: I actually write and self-publish novels! (Kidding, Mark!)
I read the first edition of this book, skipped the 2nd edition because I already knew it all (HA) and have taken to this 3rd edition rapidly because the list of new information is huge and covers all the things that have changed since the first and second editions. It’s amazing how lightening fast the Indie publishing sector has grown since I first published in 2011. My friends in Sweden, Ireland, Greece and all over the world finally have one single resource that covers it all.
There were several subjects I found immediately relevant and fascinating to Indie publishing my next novel in a couple weeks. Those include discussions of: Charm Pricing—What It is and How to Achieve It; eBook lending clubs and pre-orders on KDP and KOBO; the new PDF requirement for print books, and creating Advance Review Copies (ARCs).
Seriously, there’s so much in The Global Indie Author, 3rd Edition, that at close to 500 pages, it’s not just a great deal: It’s a steal. You read the parts you want as the issues come up; you keep it nearby for quick reference.
Some other (and basic) new areas of coverage I personally liked, or, more specifically, desperately needed, include (Keyword with me is: Easy!) an easy to comprehend discussion of How to clean out unwanted style and font definitions and stray code from your master document and how it affects your end result.
Wha--??? What is stray code? I know about stray cats and stray dogs and I’ve had a few “strays” drop in for coffee, but I. Don’t. Want. To. Know. Stray. Code. Ever!
I just want to write a story—why does all this style and formatting gobbledygook keep getting in my way??? Why do I re-invent the wheel every time I write a new book? Do my indents hang or not, you tell me! And by how much? I forget if I use the tab key or don’t. (Good Grief Don’t!) What are my margins, how do I check everything before tackling conversion to mobi, epub, etc. and HOW DO I SET IT UP ONCE SO IT QUITS CAUSING ME GRIEF? Sorry for shouting, but I’m so happy now because I’ve learned how to set it up once…yes once, and carry on. My so-called learning curve has always been learn it for this project…then forget it, learn it for the next project, forget it, and on and on. It’s not going to happen again because I have The GIA, 3rd Edition right next to my keyboard! Another cool subject was about fan fiction and copyright. That will come in handy when someone writes fan fiction about MY books! (Dreaming…)
Not only is this necessary have for the pure Indie author, but it’s great for the hybrid authors who do a little traditional publishing and a little Indie self publishing; additionally, it’s a phenomenal resource for publishing houses. The big ones would do well to read it, and the smaller publishing houses that have turned a lot of Indies into hybrids will find it helps the streamline factor of their business. I belong to a lot of Indie-oriented forums, and virtually every question I’ve seen repeated with great consistency over any three-month period is answered in the Global Indie Author, 3rd Edition.
Get it—invest in yourself, your company and your readers. That last group will be most appreciative, and that’s important because they buy your books!
"'You don't know what you don't know' could be a slogan for the process of self-publishing. On top of the fact that going blindly can waste a great deal of time and money, if you do it incorrectly you could even lose your hard work to one of unscrupulous businesses that you 'think' is making your life easier. If you want to self-publish successfully, if you want to protect your work, and if you want to save time and money in this process, then this book is your road map for navigating the stormy seas of self-publishing."
…and this new, updated version is even better. This 3rd edition comes in at just under 500 pages (about 150 more than the 2nd edition) and the updates make this the most current resource, that I am aware of, in this genre.
If you are just entertaining the idea about writing a book, if you are serious about self-publishing, or if you are somebody who has self-published already, there will be invaluable information in this book. If you're not sure if you need this book, perhaps this will help. Depending on which version of the book you purchase, the price is around $20. If you are going to put a book into the world, a book that represents your hard work and your vision, wouldn't it be worth $20 to do it properly? If you are thinking about putting out a book, wouldn't it be better to know the dangers and benefits of all the options BEFORE you commit to a plan of action that might cost you hundreds of dollars later?
If you want to share your book with the world, skip one night at the movies and use the money to get this book instead - your book is worth it.
It offers checklists of the things that need to be validated before publishing, so that your book is formatted to industry standards.
The book covers topics which are often less discussed in books on self-publishing. In particular, the legal aspects, and the economics. There is a long discussion explaining how the current royalty structure evolved, and explains why independent authors should not take it for granted that it will remain unchanged.