Thursday teaser: #excerpt from The Author’s Guide to Self-Publishing in Canada

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This week’s teaser excerpt comes from the newest author’s guide

By Barb Drozdowich

Self-publishing—or Indie publishing, as it is also known—is the publishing equalizer. Gate-keepers are removed and authors can publish a book they feel has merit. Along with the removal of many of the gate-keepers, in recent years much of the stigma has also been removed. Authors who choose to publish their own work are capable of having a respectable and successful career as published author.

So…you are interested in learning about self-publishing. Do you use the term “Self-Publishing” or “Indie-Publishing” or “Independent Publishing”? In my mind all these phrases mean the same thing.  They all refer to the act of publishing a book where you are the driver of the operation—you may ask for, and receive, help, but you make all the decisions.

I am the proud author of 15 self-published books, have sold thousands of copies and I am frequently answering questions about or dispelling myths about self-publishing. As a result, I decided to put fingers to keyboard and explain the process of self-publishing in Canada.

Why Canada? To start with, that’s where I live. My second reason is to outline the differences between self-publishing in Canada compared to other countries. There are quite a few books available that talk about self-publishing in the US or in the UK, but we Canadians have some distinct differences from other countries—advantages as well as disadvantages.

Is there a learning curve?

Yes!

I do feel the learning curve is reasonable, but in my experience, many well-meaning people scare authors off this path.

I approach the world of authors and publishing differently than most authors.  My background is in teaching science and running a technical training department. I’m a stats geek and I tend to analyze things, to study things. I don’t *think* things work, I *know* they do and *why* they do. I read a lot and I research a lot.  The origins for most of my books have been either a problem point that I discover or a subject that I get a lot of questions on.

*There is no one way to publish a book. *

Maybe that’s what creates confusion in many authors—the number of choices that exist. As you’ll see in this book, I view publishing as steps on a flow chart or as stops on a road map. Steps that are easily identified and described. They are all steps that the average author can carry out—perhaps with a bit of help—but they don’t require any special skill other than some patience and a little bit of stubbornness. There are a variety of choices available for most of the steps. We’ll talk about the choices available and talk about the pros and cons of each.

I think it’s important to let you know what you will learn from this book. We will start off talking about the various types of editing and how to find an editor for your project. We will talk about how to get a free ISBN from the government—one of the perks of being Canadian! We will talk about what all the various file formats are we will need to publish our book and how to either create them ourselves or how to find a professional formatter. We will learn all about cover graphics and how to find a graphic designer to help create the perfect cover for your book. We will learn how straightforward it is to publish a book to the various retailers where your book will be for sale. We will learn about e-readers and how straightforward they are to use. We will learn about the differences between all the retailers and learn how to get paid. Along the way, we’ll learn the meaning of all those words that published authors use that don’t seem to be part of the normal English language. We’ll learn a bunch of bits and pieces that make the whole thing much easier! And homework. I’ll be assigning homework, but it will be fun homework. Think “reading a book” kind of fun.

Lastly, I’ll give you lots and lots of help. At the end of this book, you’ll find a glossary, a list of resource articles, a list of helpful videos, an extensive list of writers groups and a few odds and ends of resource material that I just had to include!

Are you excited to begin? I hope so. Let’s end this introduction with a quote from a group that I will mention several times in this book—the Alliance of Independent Authors.

*“What self-publishing doesn’t do is absolve us of the responsibility of learning our craft and our art.” *

*~ Alliance of Independent Authors*

About The Author’s Guide to Self-Publishing in Canada

Are you under the impression that self-publishing is just to technical a task for writers to do themselves?

Is your lack of understanding holding you back from self-publishing your book?

The self-publishing world can be overwhelming if you don’t take the time to plan the steps needed to successfully publish your book. That’s where I come in. I have spent many years in the industry and accrued an impressive list of notes and references I’m happy to share to help you on this new adventure.

We’ll start at the beginning- where else? I’ll guide you through formatting, editing, getting your first ISBN, and uploading your manuscripts to the venue of your choice. There will be homework, I was once a science teacher, but it will be fun and hopefully inspirational, too.

So come along with me, and let your new journey to success begin!

An in-depth, perfect guide for every beginning author – a must read! 
~Mimi Barbour, USA Today & NY Times Bestselling Author

Get it from Amazon.

About the author

About the author

Social Media and WordPress consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about romance novels.

She is the author of 10 books, over 30 YouTube videos and an online WordPress course, all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.

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