How to Self-publish the Smart Way September 2, 2016 By: R.G. Johnston 0 Self-publish the smart way is all about maximizing profits, by minimizing costs. Minimizing costs means doing as much as you can (DIY) in marketing, pre-press and book production. When I talk to people at markets and fairs, I’m asked how I self-publish my books. It’s always a pleasure for me to share what I know, because I believe writers-beginners or otherwise-can self-publish. It takes a bit of knowledge and a bit of skill; with time, both can be learned. It’s why I started selfpublishingthesmartway.com. Whether you want to print short-runs and sell direct, print on demand, or e-books, if you want to self-publish you can learn the process just like I did. It’s my hope that my experience will help you meet that goal. One of the most inspiring things about self-publishing is that the more you can do, the more satisfying it is and more of the money stays in your pocket. I designed selfpublishingthesmartway.com so you can follow my steps as far as you’re comfortable with and hand the rest of the pre-press and book production process (print or e-book) over to someone else. Please remember there is willingness involved, but I’m hoping that as you discover more and more of the self-publishing process and you realize that you can take your manuscript and see it in book form-you’ll want to go to the finish. The next few articles will break down the self-publishing process that I do. There are several things that you should be aware of, if you’re thinking of taking the self-publishing path. My plan for selfpublishingthesmartway.com is to simplify the steps as much as possible and be as detailed and as systematic in my explanation as I can. Under these topics, I’ll post articles detailing everything you need to know to take your story and turn it into what you visualize; so you can share it with the world. I’ll bring up marketing, promoting and selling, again and again. You’ll see how they permeate every aspect of a self-publisher’s life. I’ll talk about online marketing, too. To connect with people online, you’ll need to learn how to get found on the internet. The WordPress® community and selfpublishingthesmartway Facebook community are places where you share your questions, challenges, and triumphs with others. Thanks for visiting my real estate on the web and giving me a voice to share my knowledge and my self-publishing experience. Self-publish the Smart way Reading Hire a Professional Editor the Smart way Create an E-publishing Account in Window Vista® Create an E-publishing Account in Windows 8® Related Tag: a commission book book production eBook ebook the smart way marketing maximize profits micro publishing minimize costs no cost online print copy process promoting publish selling SEO share smart authors the smart way world Previous post Why I Self-publish Next post You and Book Marketing R.G. Johnston Books are a big part of my life and I can't remember a time when they weren't. At seven years-old, I thought I could tackle an adult subject; a book about a secret agent, who goes around introducing himself as one. A secret agent revealing who he is wouldn't last to the end of a novel. But the story was no longer important, because the real story was my love of writing; like the secret agent, who disclosed himself as one, I revealed my writer to me. In 2007, I self-published my first book, Vinland: The Beginning; it won a bronze medal (IPPY Awards). A second book followed in 2011, Vinland Ragnarök: Twi'light of the Gods and my recent book, Undead at Groom Lake, in 2014. I live in Eastern Ontario, Canada and on the internet at, http://www.rgjohnston.com, Facebook and Twitter. Related articles Read more > Create your Book cover using Indie images Read more > 3 Do it yourself Actionable Book marketing to-dos per day Read more > Advertise before you Arrive the Smart Way Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.