Chapter 1: Introducing the Publishing 101 series

Welcome to the first chapter in the Publishing 101 series by New Author Publishing. The series is designed to help a new author understand the practical side of book publishing in an attempt to make the journey as painless as possible along the way. 

The chapters will speak directly to the author. What do you (the author) need to know, and do, in order to be successful?

We’ll cover topics like:

  • What is an Author Platform and how can I build one?
  • Should I have a web-site and how can I create one?
  • How can a Facebook Fan Page or a Twitter account help my reach?
  • What are the two most important things a writer should spend his/her time on?
  • What publishing options exist?
  • What is your definition of success?
  • The importance of treating your book like a business.

You may be asking why an author needs to be concerned with some of the items on the list. The short answer is that, although you may not be intimately involved with each topic, you should have a basic understanding to make informed decisions along your journey.

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6 Responses to Chapter 1: Introducing the Publishing 101 series

  1. Sandy Buck September 4, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Gary, this new endeavour of yours is wonderful. I shall certainly look forward to each new chapter as it comes out! The presentation is very painless indeed, well researched and thought out, easy to understand, straightforward, and appealing. It is my belief that whether a brand new author, or a more experienced one, there is something there for all of us! Thank you for doing this!

  2. Gary September 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Thanks very much for the feedback Sandy. It is really appreciated.

  3. R. Patricia Capitain September 5, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Hi Gary,
    What an excellent idea! So many new writers will appreciate your thoughtful approach to the often confusing options available in publishing their manuscripts. I hope you have the copyright? I look forward to the next chapter.

  4. Gary September 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks Patricia. It’s great to hear from another local published author. Getting to know authors like you and Sandy – and seeing the great books that are being written, has been a big part of the inspiration for this project. We will have to do a “Tips and insight from published authors” chapter soon. I’m sure others would benefit from what you and Sandy have learned from your publishing experience. Thanks.

  5. Desiree September 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    This is a fantastic topic. I find myself being derailed by many of the questions you are covering.

    It would also be very valuable if you could provide insight on self-publishing vs. going the traditional publishing house route.

    I am working on my first book and stall out daily when the thought and cost of editing, finding an agent, and which publishing option to pursue pop into my mind. It is bad enough that I question myself about if my manuscript is even worthy of continuing.

    I look forward to your insight to calm some of my newbie jitters.

  6. Gary September 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Thanks for the comment Desiree. Publishing your book doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. An upcoming chapter “Treating your book like a business” will examine how much to spend on your first book. If you haven’t read Chapter 2 or watched the Chapter 2 video yet, please do. It will start to calm your jitters. We will discuss all of the items in your comment very soon. Thanks.

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