The Definitive Guide To Self Publishing

By C.C. Berke

Greetings fellow and future independent authors!

Welcome to my 13 Part, all-encompassing series on how to self publish a novel that will leave your readers (and yourself) feeling great about spending time and money on your book. If you’re like me, you’ve probably scoured the internet for specific information throughout your literary journey only to be tangled up in some vague article or stuck behind an “expert’s” paywall. Well, fellow writer, I’m here to say you are no longer alone! Together we’ll go over exactly where to begin, what tools you’ll need along the way, what expenses you may accrue, what to do once you’re done, and where to look next in your literary adventure.

Why am I doing this? Well, there are many reasons. First and foremost I believe that an artist should always retain the rights to their hard work. I believe that literary agent “gate-keeping” needs to be re-evaluated for the modern era. I believe too many self publishing “experts” act in bad faith by ultimately trying to sell vulnerable novices their own books, online courses, and bogus webinars to obtain any “real” information. And, finally, I believe that the barrier to entry for self publishers is now so low, that anyone with a good story should at least give it a shot. Hey, if it doesn’t work out you can always query those agents!

But let’s be honest, you don’t need me to tell you why you should self publish your novel. The fact that you’re reading this guide in the first place is a good indicator that you’ve already made up your mind. What you’re seeking now are the nuts and bolts of this undertaking—from beginning to end.

As a result, I’ve done my darndest to craft a 13 Part guide that’s clear, concise, and straight forward about every step within the self publishing process. I’ve kept it casual enough to read without falling asleep, yet organized enough to revisit material as needed. I promise you can do this. And if you need a little extra help, the Contact page is only a click away.

Now, the important stuff.

If your manuscript is already finished, go ahead and skip to Part 2, though I think you may still find some topics in Part 1 beneficial. Then, if you’ve found the ol’ Guide useful, consider downloading the “Self Publishing Checklist” I’ve created to help you keep track of your own progress and financials. I’m more than happy to offer this download for free, but please consider tossing me a bone or two for the time it took to put this all together.

Ready? Great! Let’s begin the Definitive Guide To Self Publishing!

*Note: This is a living guide, which means I will consistently make updates and improvements as new technology and resources become available!