An Epic Guide to Self-Publishing Resources


Are you ready to prepare your book for publishing?

Congratulations! Self-publishing a book is a thrilling process, but it's often an overwhelming one as well. Fortunately, finding the right publishing team to help you bring your book to life can make all the difference.

Below, I've put together an epic list of trusted and experienced companies and freelancers offering project management, editing, proofreading, cover design, formatting, and other helpful services. Dive right on in and find your perfect team!

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On Youtube: My Minimalist Bookshelf Tour!


Happy Monday, writers!

As you may remember, I kickstarted my Youtube channel back in April with the intent to share discussion videos on various writing-related topics. And for the first few weeks, I did just that, sharing videos like Is is okay to be an amateur writer? and Let's Talk About Problematic Literature.

And while I still plan to publish discussion videos in the future, I've also branched out into sharing some fun bookish videos as well, such as...

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How to Craft a Believable Love Interest (a #StorySocial recap)


Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to craft believable love interest.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing Your Fiction

As with much of anything, there are both advantages and disadvantages to self-publishing your fiction.

A few weeks back, we covered the pros and cons of pursuing a traditional book deal as a means of publishing your fiction and building a career in writing. Today, we’re flipping the tables and discussing the very same for self-publishing!

Do you think self-publishing might be the right choice for your fiction?

If you haven’t already, I recommend first checking out the other self-publishing articles in our publishing series before getting started with today's breakdown. You can find these articles here and here.

All caught up? Fantastic. Let’s jump straight into the pros & cons of self-publishing today!

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Choosing an Amazing Title for Your Story (a #StorySocial recap)


Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to choose amazing titles for our stories.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Breaking Down the Cost of Self-Publishing

There are many ways to self-publish a book.

If you're simply looking to make your book available online for whomever would like to read it, it's entirely possible to self-publish without spending a dime. 

If, however, you're interested in self-publishing a book that can rival the quality of those produced by traditional publishing houses, a few expenses will indeed come into play.

Throughout our publishing series, we've taken a look at both traditional and self-publishing options as a means of launching our writing careers. With that in mind, let's break down the costs of self-publishing a professional quality novel today.

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How can we write effective prologues? (a #StorySocial chat recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to craft epic anti-heroes.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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How to Craft an Epic Anti-Hero (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to craft epic anti-heroes.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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An Introduction to Self-Publishing Fiction

Hey, writer! Have you considered self-publishing your work?

Welcome to the 4th installment in our publishing series! As I mentioned in our introductory article, there are many reasons why a writer may choose to publish. But if you’re hoping to build a career from your writing, you’ve come to the right place! 

When it comes to building a writing career, self-publishing is just as valid a publishing route as going the way of agents, book deals, and publishing houses. 

Despite the stigma, many authors have found success in building personal self-publishing empires, including fellow writing bloggers K.M. Weiland and Joanna Penn, as well as authors like Hugh Howey, H.M. Ward, Amanda Hocking, and James Redfield.

So how can writers use self-publishing to earn a full-time living? Let's break down an overview of this topic today!

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Tips For Conducting Epic Story Research (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to stay inspired when writing gets tough so we don't lose the motivation to keep on writing.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Let's Talk About Problematic Literature (Youtube Video & Transcript)

Are you a fan of diverse stories?

As a reader, diverse literature matters to me. Not only because I enjoy reading it, but because I believe that all readers deserve to see themselves in the pages of a book.

Unfortunately, this isn't often the case for far too many people in this world. And even worse than the underrepresentation of many minority groups in our media is the rampant poor representation that only contributes to harmful stereotypes, erasure, and hate. 

Fortunately, authors and other industry professionals are making strides every single day to add quality diverse literature to the market. And as writers, we can help! But before we can do better, we first need to know where literature has gone wrong in the past.

That's why in today's new Youtube video, I'm sharing all about what problematic literature is, why we should be concerned, and how we can avoid writing it in the first place! Scroll down to check out both the video and the written transcript of our discussion.

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How to Stay Inspired When Writing Gets Tough (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to stay inspired when writing gets tough so we don't lose the motivation to keep on writing.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Read & Written: A Peek Inside My Well-Storied Life (May 2017)

How in the actual world is it already June?!

I feel like I'm going to wake up one morning and there'll be snow on the ground and Christmas music playing and oh my goodness I need to start buying presents now or everyone's going to hate me. *hyperventilates*

Okay, okay.

My year may be flying by, but at least it's been a rocking year thus far for stories. Reading them, writing them, helping you guys write your own. For the most part, I'm fairly pleased with how 2017 is shaping up. 

May turned out to be an especially awesome month. Let's recap some of the things that happened!

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The Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing

Both traditional and self-publishing routes give authors the opportunity to share their stories with the world while building their writing careers. But which publishing path you pursue shouldn’t be decided on a whim.

There are disadvantages to working within the publishing industry just as there are for indie authors publishing online. Knowing the pros and cons of both publishing routes is the key to making the best choice for your writing career. 

Last week, in the second installment of our publishing series, we broke down the path debut authors are likely to experience should they choose to pursue traditional publishing.

If you’re brand new to publishing and are unsure of how traditional book deals work, I encourage you to check out that article first. Then, come back to today's post for an in-depth look at the pros and cons of working within the traditional publishing industry.

Sound good? Let's dive in!

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5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors Without Spending Money


Authors thrive on their readers' support.

After all, without strong readerships and good sales, it's nearly impossible to maintain a writing career. As readers, our favorite authors' success is in OUR hands, which is exactly why it's so important that we support the authors we love.

The easiest way to support an author is, of course, to buy their books. But what if we don't have a lot of money to spend or if we prefer not to buy every book we read?

Fortunately, we can use more than just our cash to support our favorite authors. In today's video, I'm sharing 5 ways we can support authors without spending a dime. Check out the video below or over on Youtube!

You can also scroll down if you'd prefer to catch the transcript of today's video instead.

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How to Set Smart Goals for Your Writing (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to set smart writing goals that can help you stay motivated as you work toward building your ideal writing life!

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Traditional Publishing: How Fiction Writers Nab Book Deals & Get Published

Are you interested in traditional publishing?

Welcome to the second article in our publishing series here at Well-Storied. Today, we’re exploring the most common way authors get published: traditional book deals.

Originally, I’d intended this post to include a breakdown of how traditional publishing works, as well as its pros and cons. But when outlining, I quickly realized just how much info I needed to convey, so we're breaking things up. 

Expect to see a second article on the pros and cons of traditional publishing soon! 

There are, of course, many ways in which an author can go about gaining an agent and landing a book deal with a traditional publishing house. Ask a slew of published authors about their experiences in the industry, and you'll get a slew of different answers.

But for simplicity's sake, today I’m going to break down the typical journey a debut author is likely to experience when publishing their book traditionally.

Your own experiences may vary, but if you’re brand new to traditional publishing, this article should give you a strong idea of how traditional publishing works. Sound good?

Without any further ado, let’s dive in!

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Publishing Your Fiction: Things to Know Before Getting Started

Recently, a shift has taken place in my writing life.

In my first five years of writing, I focused on learning the craft and improving my skills. During these years, I almost never felt that I'd written something worthy of publishing. My work simply wasn't up to par.

But now, that's beginning to change.

I'm finally coming to a place where I'm happy with my storytelling and prose. There's always more to learn and more room to grow, of course, but now I'm beginning to turn my eye toward publishing in earnest.

To prepare, I've been reading and researching everything I need to know about the publishing process, and I'm finally ready to share what I've learned with you in a new series on publishing. Hurray!

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Choosing Between Traditional and Self-Publishing (a #StorySocial recap)


Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing, as well as how to choose the best route for your stories!

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Began Writing


Five years ago in May, I had a story idea that would forever change my life.

You see, I am a constant daydreamer. And while I'd dabbled here and there in writing down the stories I daydreamed, it wasn't until one specific story idea came along that I began to write with any seriousness. 

Five years later, fiction is my life. 

I write it, teach it, making my living from it---and I am so grateful to be able to say that.

I've learned so much these past five years (and I know I still have so much more to learn), but today I'd like to share five things in particular that I wish I'd known when I first began writing as a way to celebrate my writing anniversary with all of you!

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