Self Publish Your Book

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Theoretically, if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this month, you should be just about done with your novel.

I’m going to assume this is true and that you’ll want to publish your novel, eventually and that, in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, you’ll want to do it on your own terms.  So, in that spirit, I’m offering you some resources to self-publish your book.
First, here’s a link to CNET’s article Self-Publishing a Book: 25 Things you need to know by David Carnoy.  It’s a couple of years old, but I think it’s still essentially accurate and definitely worth reading.  This article is geared more towards self-publishing a physical book, but he did write a follow up, How to Self-Publish an eBook.
Since I think we all know that the easiest place to self-publish a book is via the many eBook services, I think I should include some detailed information about eBook creation, so, although it’s a little stale, here’s what Paul Salvettee has to say about How To Self-Publish Your eBook on Nook and Kindle and Smashwords.

Although I’m not sure I agree with everything in the list, Search Engine Journal, of all places, has a good article about some peripheral components of a self-published book, titled Essential Elements of a Self-Published Book.  For instance, that list left out ISBN numbers and how to get them, which might not be quite so important any more since places like Smashwords generally include an ISBN as part of their self-publishing packages.  And, I’m not even sure that you would need one if you sell your ebook directly off your website, for instance.

Finally, if you’re not participating in NaNoWriMo and just want to publish a book, especially a non-fiction book, you can use all the above resources, but you may also want to look at How to Self-Publish an eBook by Nicole Young at Photofocus, who specialize in photography-related material and How To Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0 by James Altucher.  (I’m not always as impressed with Altucher as some people, or even as impressed with with him as he is himself sometimes, but this is some pretty good advice.)

So, there’s mostly everything you need to get your epic self-published, and hopefully provide a little inspiration to finish if you haven’t already!