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Self-Publishing

BookBaby is a haven of self-publishing expertise, and we share everything we know here on the BookBaby Blog. If you’re an independent author with questions about self-publishing, you’ve come to the right place.

How Print on Demand works Infographic

How Print On Demand Works [Infographic]

Print on demand books for the independent author haven't just leveled the playing field, they've changed the nature of the game. It is now cost-effective to print books as needed, not relying on offset printers to churn out thousands of books to justify the fixed costs.
worldwide book sales

The #1 mistake of self-published authors for worldwide book sales

"Less is more" is a cute phrase for minimalists, but don't limit yourself when it comes to online retail options for worldwide book sales. Successful self-published authors are tapping into larger markets, which include many other retailers beyond Amazon.
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Five Self-Publishing Mistakes You Need To Avoid

The first step toward success as an independent author is educating yourself about everything involved with self-publishing. It’s what your book — this project to which you’ve invested so much emotion and time — undoubtedly deserves.
Amazon optimization

Amazon Optimization: My Self-publishing Experience, Part 4

This is the fourth entry in a 10-part series in which I detail the entire experience of self publishing my book. The goal is to offer tips and strategies so you can learn from my successes and mistakes. This week: Amazon optimization.

10 ways to promote your self-published book [Infographic]

If you’re looking to put serious effort into a campaign to promote your self-published book, this infographic can help guide you in your quest to build your author platform. From building a website to embracing social media, from holding a contest to starting a blog, here are 10 ways you can build momentum, publicity, and attention as you launch your book.
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Book Editing: Part 3 Of My Self-Publishing Experience

This post, the third in my ongoing series about my self-publishing experience, is a deep dive into the process of book editing. But let me cut to the chase: You need to hire a professional to edit your book.
metadata optimization

Metadata Optimization For Your Book: My Self-Publishing Experience, Part 5

Here are some pointers on how to best enter your book's metadata, upload your manuscript for publishing, and everything else that goes into the ordering process.

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