Everything I know about indie publishing

    A lecture on ebook publishing I prepared for a tertiary seminar on publishing. It’s been a few months now since my last post, but this isn’t the kind of site where I promise to deliver three weekly updates, only to disappoint with the inevitable absences. Google Analytics tells me that people come here […]

Amazon publishing checklist

    Kindle indie publishing, conclusion: use this checklist to work through the indie publishing process in a methodical manner.   A PDF version of this list is available here.   Mine tend to say things like ‘breakfast is in the fridge’ and ‘pants first, then shoes’     (source) Amazon publishing checklist Manuscript on Open Office Writer […]

15 thoughts from an Amazon indie publisher

    Part 31: a list of advice from a moderately successful and anonymous Amazon author.   Over a year ago, even before I’d thought about publishing an ebook myself, I stumbled across a thread about Amazon and ebooks on a literary forum. The writer talked it up as a moderately successful indie publisher, and […]


    Part 18: should you assign an ISBN to your Kindle ebook?   An ISBN is a 13 digit number which uniquely identifies books and book-like products around the world. An earlier version of the ISBN had only 10 digits, but these are now obsolescent and can be upgraded to the new format. Each […]

Show me the money (that you’ll spend on indie publishing)

    Part 6: what are the potential costs involved with indie publishing?   The good news is that you can publish an Amazon ebook for no cost.* Nada. Zilcho. Except for the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of hours that you will sink into your new hobby of publishing, and which must really be called a […]

Pros and cons of indie publishing

    Part 5: what should you know about indie publishing before you decide to become an indie publisher?   If you want to be an indie publisher, prepare to fill a myriad of roles other than that of ‘writer’. Successful publishers, indie or otherwise, state again and again that it’s not the sort of […]

Traditional vs indie publishing

    Part 4: what is meant by vanity publishing, indie publishing, self publishing and traditional publishing, and why should you care?   Let’s face it: self publishing is a dirty term. It has a strong association with vanity publishing; that is, the people who will accept any rotten old manuscript and many thousands of […]