Can I use the word processing program that came with my Mac?

Sure. It’s just sort of a Word Lite product. In the end, assuming your book is straight text, you’ll want to save your manuscript as a Word doc file or as a PDF file before submission. And remember, no extra lines, no extra spaces after periods and no tabs for indenting. If you’re using CreateSpace, download their formatted template and conform your manuscript to its requirements. Keep it simple and you should be fine. If you paint yourself into a corner, hire someone to help with your formatting. Don’t let this process get in the way of writing and getting it done.

Another KDP success story: Addison Moore

I’ve said elsewhere that Amazon is the best game in town for self-publishing. And I don’t mind giving them a free plug because they can help me and you  publish our work in the simplest, least expensive way.

Here’s another great story from fiction writer Addison Moore. (Click PLAYLIST and then Addison Moore.) I find these KDP Behind the Cover videos inspirational and real. Hope you’re inspired, too!

Should I have a blog? How do I get one started?

If you have a blog to feature or practice or air out your writing, you already are a self-publisher. Blogs (from web logs) are online newsletters/newspaper columns/magazines (depending on how elaborate they are) where you can give your writing some market exposure prior to pulling together everything into a book. Or, you can just stick with blogging and grow a periodical empire.

I’m partial to WordPress for blogging and so are most of the world’s bloggers. It’s powerful enough to become the basis for your entire website if you need it to, or you can just use it for blogging and be up and running in minutes for free.

WordPress comes in two flavors, plain vanilla and tutti frutti, if you will. Visit WordPress.com for the quick and easy version. Check out WordPress.org for the self-hosting version you install on your own server or that of a web hosting company such as GoDaddy.com.

Blogging has been a great way to get this writer out of the closet. I recommend it to anyone interested in self-publishing for the reasons in the first paragraph and then later as a marketing platform for your writing enterprise.

Writer Beware

Writer Beware®: The Blog: Scam Warnings For Freelancers.pirate

A good friend recently was scammed for thousands of dollars. We’d like to think, I suppose, that as professionals, we’re a bit more aware of the potential for scamming than the average Joe, but the scammers are getting smarter all the time. Sometimes, as this article points out, you are in up to your ears before you know anyone is after you. Watch out.