Musings & Other Notable Tid-Bits From an Indie Author

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I put a presentation together about my experiences as an Indie Author. Thought you might find some of the tips of value to you or someone you know who is wanting to publish their book.

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Musings & Other Notable Tid-Bits From an Indie Author

  1. 1. From an Indie Author 1Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  2. 2. Why Write a Book? 2Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  3. 3. Who are you writing it for? 3Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  4. 4. How is Your Book Unique? Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com 4
  5. 5. What’s The Title? Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them 5Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  6. 6. Table of Contents  Copyright ©  Dedication  Introduction  Chapters – How many? What titles?  Sub-Titles – How many? What titles?  Acknowledgements  Index, Notes and References  About the Author 6Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  7. 7. Layout & Book Size  Choose font size, style and layout of the pages  Visit your local book store and check out other books related to your subject matter and to see what size of book they used. Adopt a “Best Practice” mind set.  I wanted a book that you could read on a plane and carry in your briefcase or purse. Settled on 6 by 9 7Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  8. 8. Start Writing  Decide on a schedule.  Write to the title and stay on topic  Write – print out – edit  Re-write – print out – edit  I write – print out – edit – and write again until it flows off my tongue without stumbling over the words.  I read out loud – drives my cats crazy – but it has to sound right to me or it isn’t right 8Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  9. 9. Editing  Convert word document into a PDF – the way it will look in the book  Make final changes  Save completed chapter as a PDF file 9Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  10. 10. Editing & More Editing  After all the chapters have been written and converted to a PDF in the books format I print out a number of copies and give a copy to people who’s opinion I respect and who will be honest with me when giving feedback.  Make revisions based on the feedback.  Print out one final copy and give it one last look over. 10Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  11. 11. Final Editing  Letting go is the hardest part for me because I’m always tweaking what I write but, you have to learn to let go and give it up. 11Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  12. 12. Does Your Cover Grab You? 12Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  13. 13. Back Cover 13Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  14. 14. ISBN & Bar Code The Canadian ISBN Service System (CISS) – Library and Archives Canada Created an account and listed myself – Brinley Publishing as the publisher of record. You can get up to 6 ISBN numbers at no charge. You will need an ISBN number for each edition. (hard cover, paperback and ebook) 14Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  15. 15. File Conversion  Formatting for Smashwords – ebook  Formatting for Amazon KDP – paperback and ebook  Conversions cost $60.00 US each  ePUB and PDF formats  Conversion done by Ebook Launch – Comox BC  https://www.facebook.com/YellowDog.ePublishers  http://www.freelancer.com  http://www.elance.com 15Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  16. 16. Publisher Options  Brinley Publishing – Owning your own ISBN allows you to be listed as the Publisher.  Createspace - http://www.createspace.com  Createspace - ebook store  Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com  Lulu Publishing – http://www.lulu.com  iUniversal Publishing – http://www.iuniversal.com  Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) 16Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  17. 17. Createspace – Printed Edition  http://www.createspace.com  Division of Amazon  Book listed on Amazon  Book web page  They handle the sales on a 70/30 split  You decide retail price and retain all rights  You can order copies to sell at your book signings, workshops and on your website 17Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  18. 18. Smashwords – Ebook  http://www.smashwords.com  If you have any questions you can find answers on their FAQ page: https://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq  Gets your ebook edition on Kindle, Kobo, Sony, Apple, Diesel, Libraries, UK and Europe  Web page for your ebook  They handle the sales on a 70/30 split  You set retail price and retain all rights 18Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  19. 19. Printer Options  Createspace – Paperback USA Edition  First Class Press – Paperback Canadian Edition  Local printer for inventory to sell at book signings, workshops and online  Small independent book stores will carry your book on consignment.  Print on demand saves you carrying inventory. Same price per book for 1 or 100  First Class Press – Contact Larry Cavanaugh Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com 19
  20. 20. Marketing  Twitter: http://twitter.com/briansmithpld  Linkedin: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/briansmithpld  Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BrianSmithpld  25 Free Services to Help You Promote Your Book http://dpc123.com  Susan Kendrick - From Back Cover to Bestseller http://www.WriteToYourMarket.com  Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/briansmithpld 20Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  21. 21. Create a Buzz  Book Signings  Interviews  Book Reviews  Articles  Blogging  Kobo ebook (Chapters)  Nook ebook (Barnes & Noble)  Kindle KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) 21Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  22. 22. Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/reformedcontrolfreak 22Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  23. 23. Wordpress Blog http://briansmithpld.com/brian-smith-pld/blog 23Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  24. 24. You Need a Web Site  Web Site: http://briansmithpld.com  Wordpress: http://www.wordpress.com  Webmaster: Barbara Munshaw – themunshawgroup@gmail.com  Graphic Designs: Kimb Tiboni Manson – kimbmanson@shaw.ca  Book Cover Photo: Josh Jefferies Photography www.joshjefferies.com 24Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  25. 25. Projects on The Go  Workbook to compliment my first book – Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak. “Leadership Lessons from a Reformed Control Freak – The Art of Managing and Leading in the 21st Century”  One of 20 authors collaborating on a “Global” leadership development project. “Energize Your Leadership – A New Beginning for Tired, Stuck or Discouraged Leaders” 25Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  26. 26. Which Title? Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak Musings and Other Notable Short Comings or Get a Grip! You Can Live a Deliberate Life 26Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com
  27. 27. Thank You Questions and Answers? Thank you for being here and participating in today’s discussion. I wish you continued success. Brian Smith – briansmithpld@gmail.com 27Brian Smith - http://briansmithpld.com

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