10 top reasons to self-publish (infographic)

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Guy Kawasaki - APEInternet gives aspiring writers tremendous possibilities to publish a book.

If you still hesitate whether to let your draft novel turn into a book that you can easily self-publish for Kindle, Nook or iPad, follow the infographic developed by Column Five for Guy Kawasaki, author of a self-publishing guide entitled APE: Author, Publisher, Enterpreneur.

Guy Kawasaki is a well-known Silicon Valley author, speaker, investor and business advisor. Back in 2011 he decided to self-publish a book What the Plus! – and learned that self-publishing is a rather complex and confusing process.

As a result, he wrote together with tech guru Shawn Welch, a book to help people take control of their writing careers.

The thesis of APE is simple but powerful: When a self-publisher successfully fills three roles—author, publisher and entrepreneur—the potential benefits are greater than with traditional publishing.

Taking these three roles in a process is a key to what Kawasaki calls “artisanal publishing”.

Top 10 reasons to self-publish

Via APE Blog.

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a BookAPE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book

Guy Kawasaki

In 2011 the publisher of one of my books, Enchantment, could not fill an order for 500 ebook copies of the book. Because of this experience, I self-published my next book, What the Plus!, and learned first-hand that self-publishing is a complex, confusing, and idiosyncratic process. As Steve Jobs said, “There must be a better way.”

With Shawn Welch, a tech wizard, I wrote APE to help people take control of their writing careers. APE‘s thesis is powerful yet simple: filling the roles of Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur yields results that rival traditional publishing. We call this “artisanal publishing”–that is, when writers who love their craft control the publishing process and produce high-quality books.

APE is 300 pages of step-by-step, tactical advice and practical inspiration. If you want a hype-filled, get-rich-quick book, you should look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you want a comprehensive and realistic guide to self-publishing, APE is the answer.

“Essential reading (and reference) for modern authors, regardless of experience.” –Kirkus Book Reviews

“Nuts, bolts, and inspiration too. Once again, Guy delivers, kicking the shiitake out of anyone who would tell you that you shouldn’t, wouldn’t or couldn’t write a book.” –Seth Godin, author and founder of The Icarus Project.

Table of Contents

1.    Should You Write a Book?
2.    A Review of Traditional Publishing
3.    The Self-Publishing Revolution
4.    The Ascent of Ebooks
5.    Tools for Writers
6.    How to Write Your Book
7.    How to Finance Your Book

8.    How to Edit Your Book
9.    How to Avoid the Self-Published Look
10.    How to Get an Effective Book Cover
11.    Understanding Book Distribution
12.    How to Sell Your Ebook Through Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, and Kobo
13.    How to Convert Your File
14.    How to Sell Ebooks Directly to Readers
15.    How to Use Author-Services Companies
16.    How to Use Print-on-Demand Companies
17.    How to Upload Your Book
18.    How to Price Your Book
19.    How to Create Audio and Foreign Language Versions of Your Book
20.    Self-Publishing Issues
21.    How to Navigate Amazon

22.    How to Guerrilla-Market Your Book
23.    How to Build an Enchanting Personal Brand
24.    How to Choose a Platform Tool
25.    How to Create a Social-Media Profile
26.    How to Share on Social Media
27.    How to Comment and Respond on Social Media
28.    How to Pitch Bloggers and Reviewers
29.    How We APEd This Book

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