On Writing: Selfpublishing Roadmap a Must for Serious Indy Authors

Writers! The world is ours!

Well, almost.

Honestly, there has never been a better time to consider independently publishing your book, be it fiction or non-fiction. Digital book sales increase every quarter. Ebook outlets expand and improve continuously. Perhaps most importantly, the taint of self-publishing as vanity press is evaporating like a powerless ghost from the past.

In fact, only two barriers remain between an author and success: doing the hard work that is required to create a work of quality and integrity, and the knowledge of what to do next. While there is no shortcut through the first one, there is a very clear and valuable roadmap to make the second extremely achievable. A self-publishing Roadmap, in fact.

Joel Friedlander, who hosts http://www.thebookdesigner.com, has created a soup-to-nuts online course appropriately entitled The Self-publisher’s Roadmap. This course offers six weeks of video instruction that is well-organized into relevant units absolutely full of support materials including articles, PDFs, links, resources, lists of contacts, interviews with key professionals, and questionnaires to guide a writer’s decision making.

It is rare that I endorse a product this freely, but I was lost as to how I would get a novel I very much believe in to potential readers, and Friedlander’s course clarified so many steps and decisions and elaborated on so many opportunities that the least I can do is share the wealth.

Go, check out http://www.selfpublishingroadmap.com, find out what’s offered, and then invest in yourself.

Christopher Ryan is author of City of Woe, available on Kindle and Nook, and in print. For more info, click here.



About chrisryanwrites

Christopher Ryan, a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher has always written. His award-winning independently published debut novel, CITY OF WOE, is available digitally everywhere and in print via amazon.com, as are short story collections CITY OF SIN and BLACKJACK: SHOOTERS, and a children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. He is currently finishing rewrites to the sequel to CITY OF WOE, which is titled CITY OF PAIN, and will be available by summer 2015. Also pending is his YA debut, GENIUS HIGH, currently under consideration by a traditional publisher, and PERFECT, awaiting final rewrites before a summer 2015 release. Additionally, Ryan is in post-production with his directorial debut, an independent horror comedy called "Zombies of New Milford". He currently serves as the president of his teachers' union and on the school board in his town. He blogs about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote his work as a self-publisher, the comedic challenges of being a Full Service Dad, the oddities of being a teacher while the profession is under unscrupulous fire, and reactions to the world, pop culture, and talking sports with his son. Yep, there is a little something for everyone.
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