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SPF-135: The 2018 Indie Author Toolkit – with Mark Dawson


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INDIE AUTHOR TOOLKIT

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A countdown of the best and most popular tools for writers in 2018, including input from the SPF community about what their favourite authors tools are.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

PATREON: Self Publishing Formula Podcast’s Patreon page

PDF DOWNLOAD: Click here to get the PDF with all the tools and links listed.

PODCAST EP 61: with Dave Chesson from KDP Rocket

PODCAST EP 34: with the two Brads from Vellum

PODCAST EP 101: with Damon Courtney from BookFunnel

EBOOK FORMATTER: At Draft2Digital (You need an account but then the formatting tool is free.)

EBOOK FORMATTER: At Reedsy

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SPF-094: A Helping Hand from SPF – with Reedsy’s Ricardo Fayet


James Blatch and Lucy Dawson introduce the Self Publishing Formula Foundation, a partnership with Reedsy, that will help four authors each year to fulfill their dream of publishing and marketing their books.

This week’s highlights include:

  • The origins of the SPF Foundation
  • How the foundation works and how to apply
  • What SPF are looking for in foundation applicants
  • What Reedsy does and how they help indie authors
  • Reedsy’s suggestions about the best use of the self-publishing support available from them
  • Thoughts on the rise of book marketers who help authors

Resources mentioned in this episode:

More information about the Self Publishing Formula Foundation

Reedsy

Self Publishing Formula Patreon page

Do What You Can’t video – Casey Neistat

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SPF-033: How You Can Win $3000 Worth of Publishing Tools – with Ricardo Fayet of Reedsy

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Many of the publishing tools indie authors need to access are hard to find – at least with the quality and trustworthiness you need in order to make your book of the highest quality. That’s why Ricardo Fayet and the folks at Reedsy developed their online platform. It’s a site that brings together editors, graphic artists, and many other professionals who are experienced in the book publication process so that you don’t have to spend days searching the internet to find the tools and professionals you need. In this interview, we chat about the ways Reedsy interface can help you put together a first-class book.

How traditional publishing editors are transitioning into the self-publishing space.

With the changes that have come to the publishing industry in just the last 10 years, many professionals who have worked for decades in the traditional publishing world are finding themselves with much less work than they used to enjoy. Ricardo and the team at Reedsy saw an opportunity in that shift in the publishing world and created a platform for editors, artists, and others to pivot into the self-publishing space. In this episode, you’re going to learn how you can find and utilize the services of all kinds of professionals to make your book shine.

A free book writing tool that takes the hassle out of book conversions.

One of the real pain points of self-publishing is the various conversions that have to be made to ensure your book is able to be read and used on all platforms. ePub, MOBI, PDF – it’s a mind-boggling array of options that you have to learn. Until now. Reedsy provides a free book writing and editing tool that can help you automatically format and convert your text to fit the specific needs of each publishing platform. You no longer have to struggle, search YouTube in vain for tutorials or figure it out on your own. The Reedsy team has made it simple. Find out about this incredible publishing tool on this episode.

Looking for a professional book cover designer? How do you know who to trust?

There’s nothing worse than taking a chance on a graphic artist you’ve never worked with before only to get back a piece of artwork that you’re not happy with. The back and forth of getting it just right is part of the process, but when the design is not professional to begin with the process is much more difficult. Reedsy provides an array of professional, vetted graphic designers who are able to take your book cover concept and make it a reality for you. You’ll find your experience with their cover designers a pleasure rather than a burden. Find out more how you can take advantage of the various tools the Reedsy team has to offer self-published authors on this episode.

Would you like to win $3000 of book publishing services?

On this episode of the Self Publishing Formula podcast our guest Ricardo has a generous offer for one lucky SPF listener. He’s giving you the opportunity to enter a giveaway where the prize is $3000 worth of professional services from Reedsy contractors. That could include editing, cover work, or whatever you feel you need the most – and you can use it any way you like. In addition, there are three runners-up prizes of $600 worth of book design.

Find out how the contest works, how you can enter, and what you can do to increase your odds of winning by listening to this episode or visiting www.selfpublishingformula.com/reedsy.

Outline of this great episode

  • [1:18] Introduction to this week’s episode and interview guest.
  • [2:23] The progress of the new course.
  • [3:09] Mark’s upcoming book launch.
  • [8:15] How and why Ricardo started his platform.
  • [9:20] The key area’s Ricardo’s platform helps writers with.
  • [16:03] Formatting issues in a book.
  • [19:08] What Reedsy actually is and how authors benefit from it.
  • [22:04] The cover design and selection process.
  • [26:30] How the Reedsy team chooses their editors.
  • [29:04] The contest The SPF team is doing with Reedsy.

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SPF-008: Live from the London Book Fair 2016, Part 2 – With Mark Dawson and James Blatch

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In the second part of our London Book Fair special, Mark and James get to talk to key providers in the digital publishing space such as Draft2Digital, Reedsy and Byte the Book as well as indie publishing guru and author Joanna Penn. And in additional interviews you can hear how four young authors are progressing their dream of becoming full-time self published writers. It’s another podcast packed with ideas, tips and inspiration for authors everywhere!

Show Notes

  • What an aggregator is and how they work to get books into stores authors might otherwise not be able to reach.
  • The growth of Draft 2 Digital and the advantages of using them to distribute books.
  • Tips from Dan at Draft 2 Digital for selling more books.
  • What Reedsy does for authors and how it is different from marketplaces like Fiverr and People Per Hour.
  • On networking and why it matters.
  • How Byte the Book connects authors with agents and publishers, educates both authors and publishers about technology, and connects authors with those in other industries who might use their content.
  • Joanna Penn on the global reach for books, the state of the indie nation and predictions for the future when the outsiders become the mainstream.
  • Why an author’s personal definition of success is so important.
  • Guest spots from a couple of independent authors, including an ex-CID Detective.

You can win a scholarship to Mark Dawson’s acclaimed premium course “Facebook Ads for Authors” by spreading the word about this podcast.

Visit selfpublishingformula.com/contest to enter.

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