• Successful Self-Publishing: How to Self-Publish and Market Your Book

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  • By: Joanna Penn
  • Narrated by: Joanna Penn
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Do you want to successfully self-publish in eBook, print, or audiobook formats?

There are thousands of new books being published every day, but many self-published books quickly sink to the bottom of the pile.

Many authors are frustrated because there are so many options for self-publishing, and they don't know which one to choose or what will be best for their book.

Others spend thousands of dollars to publish and end up brokenhearted with the result. 

But it doesn't have to be this way. 

I've spent the last seven years self-publishing best-selling fiction and nonfiction books and in 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur. I've made lots of mistakes along the way, but through the process of self-publishing 17 books, I've learned the most effective way to publish and market your books. In this book, I'll share everything with you.

The book includes: 

  • What you need to know before you self-publish 
  • Why self-publishing an eBook is a good idea
  • How to format an eBook 
  • Exclusivity and going direct
  • How to self-publish an eBook 
  • Why self-publish a print book 
  • Print-on-demand will change your life
  • What you need to know before you print 
  • How to self-publish a print book
  • What to do if you want help with the publishing process
  • How to self-publish an audiobook
  • After self-publishing 
  • How much does it cost to self-publish? 
  • How do you get paid when you self-publish? 
  • Book marketing principles 
  • How to market fiction 
  • How to market nonfiction 

Plus, links to more useful resources. 

If you're ready to successfully self-publish, then buy this book now.

©2019 Joanna Penn (P)2019 Joanna Penn

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Too Much Self Promotion

At the end of each chapter we are reminded to go to the authors website and purchase additional materials. It’s extremely frustrating to buy a product only to know reminded and if you want more go someplace else and spend more money.

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a terrific listen

loved it! so many great tips and tricks. the narration was also really well done. definitely recommend

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Some Useful Info

I am nit a novice but thought I might gain some new insight from this book. It was good to refocus on a bit of the marketing strategies. But I had to wade through quit a bit of sales updates about her other offers. Maybe that is part of her lesson, sell, sell, sell...but an ad for your other products is not the content I meant to be paying for. I expect cross reference sales promotion but this was a little 'over sold'.

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Really wants you to visit their website

I had to stop listening top the book because every few minutes the author promotes their own website. It was pretty annoying and I just could not go any further. Didn't learn anything new with this one. But then again I could not get passed the first chapter.

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Practical and Helpful

Loved this book! The content was tangible, actionable, and practical. Also her voice was wonderful to listen to! Highly recommend for all self-publishing authors!

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Not much to offer

This is more of a very generalized summary of one way to self that centers mostly around amazon and setting the price of your book to free.
The narration was okay, but the pauses between every sentence were unnaturally long. I speed it up as fast as I could to still understand her, though the pauses were still grating.

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She delivered!

Joanna offers great, honest advice on self-publishing, from a successful author’s perspective.

As I begging my journey of publishing my first book, this book has been one of the most helpful tools I’ve used. This is because she not only shares valuable resources with the reader, but she offers advice that is delivered in a way that sounds like it’s coming from a friend.

I have been obsessing a bit over the publishing of my first book, which is the reason that I still haven’t published it. But after reading this I feel confident that my first book is truly only the beginning and that I have the ability to publish many more after that first one.

Definitely worth it to listen to this book whether you’re already a published author, or you’re just exploring!

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In Depth and helpful!!

Very much appreciate this woman! She has so many resources to learn about all parts of the business, and I am just starting out on learning what she has to pass on. I can’t wait to read her other books on the various parts of publishing that I need help with.

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excellent

Joanna Penn offers a wealth of information and is a pleasure to learn from and follow.

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excellent overview into self publishing

The author/narrator did a phenomenal job of introducing the methods and important considerations for would-be first-time self publishers in a clear way. Highly recommend.

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  • M Bond
  • 08-09-22

Excellent guide to help you get started

Joanna Penn has covered all the bases to help you get started on a self-publishing journey. Useful examples to help illustrate this checklist guide of best practice.

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  • Louise Rule
  • 05-09-22

Relevant help for authors

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve written one, two or even three books, help is always appreciated in my experience. I have published one non fiction book, and didn’t have the know how to boost sales. Also, the subject was traumatic, so I couldn’t say “I hope you enjoy my book”. Now I’m about to publish my first historical fiction book (8 years after first book), and Joanna Penn has saved the day for me with this book. It cements into your mind everything that needs doing right up to and after publication day. A book to keep close at hand!

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  • Gary buchanan
  • 06-23-21

Fantastic

Great audio book if you want to start a business on self publishing. The voice is soothing which makes listening easy.

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  • Pauline
  • 07-26-20

Very Helpful

This book has been a great guide for me during my journey to self-publication. I'm pretty certain I will continue to dip in and out of it again in the future.

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  • ERH
  • 04-15-20

Useful tips

I think this would be great for new self-published authors. As an author with several books out, it didn't really teach me anything I don't already know but if you're new at this, it's packed full of really important info and helpful tips.

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  • Niall Wootten
  • 12-22-19

Successful self - publishing

Excellent book full of lots of advise & lots of prompts to find free additional information to get you going - Thanks Joanna Penn this is something i want to do in the new year 😃