Z is for Zeal – Self-Publishing from A to Z

Lana PecherczykAll, Self Publishing0 Comments

zeal: n Great enthusiasm or eagerness. If you’ve been wondering if you should try the self-publishing route, and not sure if you think you can do it, then this is the post for you. To be successful, you need to have zeal. You need to be enthusiastic and you need to keep that spark alive constantly for a period of time. Nobody got to the top of the mountain by falling there. And if you’re only half-heartedly entering the prospect of self-publishing, you won’t succeed. How to tell if you’ve got the zeal for self-publishing … Is it hard to fall asleep … Read More

18 truths about getting your self-published book into a bookstore

Lana PecherczykMarketing, Self Publishing0 Comments

I’ve been working in the marketing department of an independent bookstore for the last six months and have learnt quite a lot of truths that affect how a self-publisher gets their book into a local store. I’m in Australia, so these tips are localised. They may work internationally, but as I’ve never worked in another book store, I’m not sure. So, here are the truths I’ve learnt: Using Ingram Spark is best. Check your prices are relevant to others similar to yours. Also check to make sure that the bookseller is getting the right RRP price. Sometimes Ingram can go off … Read More

Y is for YOLO – Making friends for scaredy writer cats

Lana PecherczykAll, Self Publishing, Writing0 Comments

In case you’ve lived under a rock these last few years, YOLO means: You only live once. There are many devils on your shoulder when you are a writer. The same goes for any creative industry that falls under the daily scrutiny of consumers. Self-publishing is even worse! You’ve got the pressure of producing a quality book on your own that takes an entire publishing team to do traditionally. So many thoughts might travel through your head that, when piled on top of the other, can weigh you down so much that you might not get up again. There’s one saying that I use (thanks … Read More

X is for Xerox

Lana PecherczykAll, Self Publishing0 Comments

I know, I know. Xerox? It’s a bit of a stretch, but when it comes to thinking of something to do with Self-Publishing that starts with X I had no other ideas. In Australia we don’t really use the term Xerox very much, but i’m going to use it here to symbolise the action of copying. So, the moral of this post is … ALWAYS MAKE COPIES OF YOUR WORK. Make copies of your working manuscripts. Make copies of your design files. Make copies of your website. You name it – copy it. I can’t stress how important it is … Read More