Getting Your Book Published

If you’re a writer, your ultimate goal in life is typically that of getting your book published. I am here to help you achieve this goal! By following these steps, and applying yourself diligently to the path, your dream of getting your book published will soon be a reality. You’ve taken the first step by coming to this site!

How do I know these steps will help you get published? By following these steps I now have published over three hundred books. I have both self-published and worked with traditional publishers. I have used literary agents and worked on my own. My books include:

* Medieval Sweet Romance Adventures – fourteen book series

* Sutton Massachusetts Mysteries – four book series

* Mused Literary Review – over ten years of quarterly art-and-literature issues

* Low Carb Cookbooks – Thirteen book series

* Lisa’s Full Library of Published Books

* List of Lisa’s Free Ebooks.

I have published paperback and ebook. I’ve published fiction and non-fiction. Full length novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories. Standalones and serials. I have personally used CreateSpace, Lulu, CafePress, Nook, Apple, SmashWords, Kobo, D2D, and many other sites. My experiences explained here are all from my first hand knowledge of using those to publish books.

Here is my step by step guide with over 1,000 pages and images to help you in getting your book published! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments on this material. I’m happy to help.

Overview of Self Publishing a Book

Setting the Stage

Getting Free Kindle Books

Preparing Yourself for Writing

Finding Time for Writing

What Software to Write your Book In

Typing your Novel vs Speaking with Dragon

First Novel when you’re Old

First Novel when you’re Young

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

Famous Dates in Publishing

Writing the Book

Get Your Book Written – The Basics

Starting to Write

Organizing your Files

Handling Writer’s Block

Choosing Character Names

Is Your Story Unique?

Fake It Until You Make It

Losing Data / Files while Writing


Single and Double Quotes

Fixing Curly Quote Issues

Comma Use

Apostrophe Use

Em and En Dashes

Writing Style Notes

Capitalization in Writing

Then vs And Then

I’m sorry, or I’m sorry;

That vs Which

Commonly Confused Words

Writing Style – Sparse to Lush

Using “Said” When Writing Dialogue

Indicating the Speaker in Dialogue

Writing in Past vs Present Tense

Point of View in Writing

Word Order when Writing

Avoiding Adverbs – Why?

Avoiding Feeling / Felt as Modifiers

Writing in a Screenplay Style

Technical Details of Document Setup

Paragraph Mark vs Line Break

Spacing vs Tabs for First Line Indent

Chapter Headings

Choosing a Font

Images in a Book

Images – an Overview

Images and Transparency

Book Length

Short Story vs Novella vs Novel

Chapbook – What Is It?

Setting a Book Length

Dividing an Epic into Single Books

Parts of a Book

Parts of a Book – Overview

Title Page

Colophon Page

Table of Contents

Dedication Page



Half Title

Body Matter

About the Author

Other Books by the Author





Editing / Reviewing the Book

Offering Constructive Criticism

Handling Criticism from Reviewers

How to Correct in a Word Document

Organizing / Copying Kindle Notes

Book Title Notes

Choosing a Book Title

Capitalization in Book Titles

Setting Expectations for Book Length

Why are Books Titled with A Novel at the end?

Preparing Your Book for Publication

Using a Pen Name

Book Sizing Chart

Choosing a Book Size

Headers and Footers

Setting a Gutter Margin

Page Numbers

Page Numbers and CreateSpace

Sample Book Copyright Page

Printers Key on Copyright Page

External Trademark Mentions in your Book

Sample Acknowledgements Page

Listing your Other Books

Sample About the Author Page

Back Cover Blurb

Page Count – Multiple of 4

Proofing the PDF

Plagiarism Parody and Homage

Plagiarism Basics

Plagiarism vs Homage

Parody vs Homage

Legal Issues of Writing a Parody

Homage Examples

Character Names and Homage

Book Cover Basics

Book Cover Basics

Parts of a Book Cover

Book Covers – Paperback vs Kindle

Book Covers Change over Time

A Book Cover Should Match the Content

Using Stock Images

Book Cover Good vs Not-So-Good

Designing a Book Cover – Weddings and Courtships

Designing a Book Cover – Aspen Allegations

Designing a Book Cover – Knowing Yourself

Book Covers in 2016

Book Cover Technical Details

Book Covers on Kindle / Ebook

Technical Steps for a Book Cover – Simple

Technical Steps for a Book Cover – Advanced

Designing a Book Back Cover

Designing a Book Spine

Book Spine Text – Left or Right?

Full Cover Margin Issues

Special Features on a Cover

Creating a 3D Book Cover

Creating a Raised Medallion

Creating See-Through Text

Box Set

Why Create a Box Set?

Creating a Box Set Cover

Hiring a Cover Designer

Basics of Hiring a Cover Designer

Using Fiverr for Cover Design

Using Freelancer for Cover Design

Publisher Options – main page

Overview of Publishing Options

Traditional Publishers

… Pros of Traditional Publishers

… Cons of Traditional Publishers

Small Press Publishers

… Pros of Small Press Publishers

… Cons of Small Press Publishers

Vanity Press Publishers

… Pros of Vanity Press Publishers

… Cons of Vanity Press Publishers

Self Publishing

… Pros of Self Publishing

… Cons of Self Publishing

Using a Literary Agent


Finding a Traditional Publisher

Traditional Publishing – main page

Overview of Traditional Publishing

How Copyright Works

Working With A Literary Agent

… My Concerns about Agents

Finding a Publisher

… Writer’s Market

Writing a Query Letter

… Query Letter Tips

… Query Letter Issues to Avoid

Getting To a Contract Offer

Negotiating the Contract

Working With the Publisher or Agent

Should I Suggest a Cover?

… Publishers and Editing

Working with a Vanity Press / Payment-Required Publisher

Publishing On Demand – fee based

Thoughts on Paying Up Front for Publishing

Lightning Source – fee based POD

iUniverse – fee based POD

Self Publishing Overview – **ALWAYS FREE**

Self Publishing – The Basics

Self Publishing Summary Process Start to Finish

Publishing On Demand – What Is It?

Preparing for Self-Publishing

How Copyright Works

Copyright on Online Articles

ISBN Numbers and Books

Getting a Barcode

BISAC Code and Category

Self Publishing Paperback Options – **ALWAYS FREE**

Why Start with the Paperback?

Publishing On Demand Options – FREE

Publishing On Demand – FREE comparison chart

Lulu vs CreateSpace

Working Directly with a Printer

Spiral Bound Books

CreateSpace Publishing On Demand Step By Step

CreateSpace Step by Step – main page

CreateSpace Self Publishing

Loading Up the CreateSpace Book

Making a CreateSpace Cover

Channels and Pricing on CreateSpace

Review Process on CreateSpace

Timing of CreateSpace Process

Problems and Issues with CreateSpace

Lulu Publishing On Demand Step By Step

Lulu Self Publishing – Setting Up the Book

Formatting your Book for Self Publishing

Creating a Lulu Covers

Setting the Lulu Description

Setting the Lulu Preview

Promoting your Lulu Book

Problems and Issues with Lulu

Ebook Basics

What Is An Ebook?

Ebook vs PDF / What Is an Ebook?

Summary of a 8-Hour Ebook Creation

Step by Step Making an Epub / MOBI File

Summary of Putting Ebooks Live

Amazon Kindle Ebooks

Creating an Amazon Kindle Ebook – overview

Preparing your Kindle Ebook

Load your Ebook Into Kindle

Kindle Ebook – Start to Finish in 24 Hours

Combining your Kindle and Paperback Entries

Lisa’s Kindle Book List

Draft2Digital (iTunes, Nook, Kobo, etc.)

Load your Ebook Into Draft2Digital

SmashWords Ebook

Load your Ebook onto SmashWords

WattPad Ebook

Load your Ebook onto WattPad

Lulu Ebook

Load your Ebook on Lulu

Google Play Ebook

Load your Ebook on Google Play

GoodReads Ebook

GoodReads – Book Review Site

Self Publishing FAQs

Money Earned from Selling Books

Earning the Most Money

Dealing with Plagiarism

Making a Non-Rectangular / Non-Square Book

What Do I Do With Old Version Books?

Book Crafts – Uses for Old Books

Markting and Promoting your Book

Mindset about Fans

Prerelease / Prereleasing Your Book

Running a Virtual Launch Party

Promoting Your Book on the Web

Sample Chapter for your Book

QR Codes and Book Marketing

Reading Trends – Book Reading by Decade

Pricing Techniques

Pricing your Ebook

Running a Free Book Special

Permafree – What Is It?

Getting Book Reviews

Basics of Getting Book Reviews

Sending Out Review Copies

GoodReads – Getting Reviews for your Books
Goodreads Book Giveaways

PaperBackBookSwap – Book Review Site

Common Mistakes when Seeking Reviews

Review Swapping – Why to Avoid It

One Star Reviews


Basics of Amazon Promotion

Planning an Amazon Launch

Selling Your Book on Amazon’s Marketplace

Selling with Amazon Advantage

Amazon Advantage vs Amazon Marketplace

Amazon Pricing Information

Amazon Author Central

Amazon Followers

Amazon Ads

Paying for Newsletter/Online Promotion

Basics of For-Pay Newsletter and Online Promotion

Book Basset Review

The Fussy Librarian Review

Book Shows / Book Festivals / Book Stores

Making an Author Business Card

Placing in Bookstores

Doing a Bookstore Signing

Booth at a Craft / Trade Show

Pricing Books for Book Shows

Flyer for Free Book or Books

Contests and Awards

Why Enter a Novel Contest?

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Amazon Kindle Scout Promotion

BellaOnline Ebook Awards

IPPY Book Awards

Nautilus Book Awards

Short Stories via Traditional Magazines

Submitting to Magazines

Tips for Submitting Short Stories

SciFi Short Story Magazines

Horror Short Story Magazines

Selling Written Content / Writing on Demand – a content marketplace

Social Networking Basics

Social Networking and Book Publicity

Klout Social Networking Rating


Facebook Fan Page

Facebook Groups – FREE book promotion

Facebook Ads – an Absolute Must

Twitter Tips

Twitter Basics

Building Traffic for your Twitter Account

Followers and Twitter’s Value

Twitter Rules

What is a Twitter Hashtag?

Maintaining Multiple Twitter Accounts

Choosing a Twitter Icon

Choosing a Twitter Background

What is a Twitter Hashtag?

Twitter for Authors

Twitter Promotion Tips

Twitter Next Step

Twitter 2000 Follower Limit

TweetDeck – Free App for Twitter

TrueTwit – Prevent Twitter Spam

Tweepi – Manage your Followers

ManageFlitter – Follow and Unfollow

FollowerFilter – Great Free Follower Management Tools


Creating a DVD

Selling DVDs on your Own Website

UPC Numbers and DVDs

UPC Numbers and CDs

CreateSpace – Amazon DVD Sales

FilmBaby – DVD Sales

My Steps for my Origami DVD Sales

My Books and DVDs I Have Published

Lisa’s Full Library of Published Books

Writing and Designing a Successful Book
Designing a Perfect Book Cover
Getting Published - Choosing Your Path
Traditional Publishing Step By Step
Self Publishing Step By Step
Book Marketing for Authors
Author Signing Basics
DVDs - Designing and Selling Videos

Lisa Shea’s Editing Services

Lisa Shea Free Ebooks

Lisa Shea Full Library of Published Books

Friends who have Published Books

Lisa’s Full Library of Published Books

Writing Tips and Online Books

Lisa Shea Medieval Romance Novels

Online Literary Magazines

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