Self-Publishing Tools, Tips, and Techniques

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Self-publishing has exploded in popularity in recent years. However, many authors hesitate to go this route because they think the process is extremely difficult. Or they take the plunge, make mistakes, and are disheartened. To make matters worse, self-publishing services have proliferated, preying on authors' uncertainties and lack of knowledge about self-publishing. These services often charge you excessive amounts of money to do what you can in fact do yourself.

Since 2009, I have been self-publishing my books and my wife's books, and I've helped two dozen clients to publish their own books—a total of almost 70 books as of autumn 2016. This book distills what I've learned about the process. I hope it will enable you to self-publish your book at little or no cost and not fall prey to scams.

To give you some idea of what the book will cover, here's the table of contents for the book. (This will change somewhat by the time of publication; there'll be more subheadings, for one thing.) Click on the images to see readable versions.

The target for publication keeps slipping—ironically, because we keep getting so much work helping other authors self-publish. (For details about that, please see our DLD Books site.) Currently, I'm estimating/guessing/hoping that the book will be out before my birthday in early October.

When the book is published, purchasing links will be added to this page.

If you would like to be notified by e-mail when the book is published, please contact me at

On May 14, 2016, I gave a presentation about self-publishing to the Boulder Writers Alliance. The material in the presentation will be included in the book. You can see a PDF version of the slides I used by clicking here.