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Why would I  want this book?

The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing is a start-to-finish guide designed to help independent authors navigate the world of self-publishing. Each of the nine authors involved has their own areas of specialized expertise in independent publishing that they want to share with writers and artists with all different levels of publishing experience.

Did you say experience?

The authors involved in this project have done years of research and production, often times patching together their knowledge from scattered sources and learning from epic mistakes. We've already combed through the books and websites, filtered out the snake oil salesmen, and done the trial and error ourselves. Our experiences can streamline the process for you and serve as a guide along the way. 

So is this just for newbies or can experienced authors use it?

Whether you're a complete newbie or just an author looking for a little expert advice, this book can help you. How does Bobby Nash get invited to so many cons? Where can you find a reasonable, talented cover artist? What did Blake Northcott do to get an endorsement from Mark Millar himself? These are just some of the questions we'll address in The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing.

This book will include:

  • Eleven (11) articles from nine (9) experienced authors walking you through the process from draft to layout to promotion
  • An index for quick reference
  • A glossary of commonly used terms

The articles:

  • Editing & Quality Control
  • Digital Formatting
  • Print-on-Demand v Small Press
  • Book & Cover Design
  • Picture Books
  • Author Sites
  • Pitching Bloggers and Reviewers
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Audio Books
  • Cons & Signings
  • Awards & Accolades

Continue scrolling past the backer rewards to read more about these articles and who, exactly, will be writing them.

Stretch goals for this book include:

  • Extra mini articles on more specific topics
  • Anecdotes of our triumphs and failures
  • Expanded digital content

What kinds of rewards can I get?

Most of the reward tiers available are designed to give you the tools you need for your self-publishing journey. We have copies of the book as well as consultations, Twitter signal-boosts, and even cover design services. And, for you non-writer fans who just want to help, we have a few packages for you, too!

Patron of Publishing- $1

  • Your name credited on our Thank You page at the back of the final book.

Supporting Authors- $5

  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome!

Digital Book Download

  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99
  • Your name credited on our Thank You page at the back of the final book.

Digital Author

  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99
  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome!

Early Bird Author (LIMIT 25)

As a reward to our first backers, we're offering this limited, discounted package. This is the same package as the Eager Author + Digital, but for $10 less. Get this package while it lasts.

  • A printed, paperback copy of the final product.
  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99
  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome!

Eager Reader

  • A printed, paperback copy of the final product.
  • Your name credited on our Thank You page at the back of the final book. 

Eager Reader + Digital

  • Your name credited on our Thank You page at the back of the final book. 
  • A printed, paperback copy of the final product. 
  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

Eager Author + Digital

  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! 
  • A printed, paperback copy of the final product. 
  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

Deluxe Author

  • A zip file containing 12 ebooks for your reading pleasure. See the Digital Book Bundle package for a list of titles.
  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! 
  • A printed, paperback copy of the final product. 
  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99.

Personal Advising (LIMIT 3)

  • Got questions about the book? A 1-hour Google Hangout with three of the authors (choose from Amy Leigh Strickland, Blake Northcott, Kyle Strickland, Dave Wheeler, Kiri Callaghan, Carly Strickland, and Teal Haviland) to discuss your current draft, ask for design tips, get clarifications on the content of the book, brainstorm on marketing, or simply talk about nerd stuff. You have us for an hour, so use it well! 
  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! 
  • A printed, paperback copy of the final product. 
  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

Signal Boost (LIMIT 10)

  • Our nine authors will all tweet your link to their followers (no porn, politics, or religion), for a reach of over 30k combined followers (some followers may overlap). 
  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! 
  • A printed, paperback copy of the final product. 
  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

Indie Hero

  • A bamboo thumb drive (8G) engraved with The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing book and coffee logo and pre-loaded with:
  • A zip file containing 12 ebooks for your reading pleasure. See the Digital Book Bundle package for a list of titles. 
  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99.
  • A printed, casebound, hardcover copy of the final product. This will not be on the thumb drive as it is a physical product. That would just be silly.
  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! 

Digital Design Services

  • A JPEG file of a digital cover design for your book (art by Carly Strickland), including a signed release to be used on all digital formats, merchandising, and in promotional material for your book. See below for samples of Carly's work.
  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! 
  • A printed, paperback copy of the final product. 
  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

Print Design Services

  • A print-ready (full wrap) cover design for your book by Carly Strickland, including a signed release to be used on all digital and print formats, merchandising, and promotional material for your book. Includes PDF for Createspace, JPG, and PSD files. The PDF file will be made to dimensions and page-count for Createspace printing. You provide the title, description, dimensions, page-count, and the back-of-book blurb and the file will be delivered upload-ready for use with your Createspace paperback. See below for samples of Carly's work.
  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! 
  • A printed, paperback copy of the final product. 
  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

Full Works Design

  • An interior layout file of your novel (no pictures) prepared for Createspace printing. Don't settle for the unprofessional Word templates out there for free. Carly will ensure that your layout is done right.
  • Everything in the print design services package.

 Creative Critique

  • A written critique of your draft by Kyle Strickland, BFA Professional Writing (SCAD) and chief editor of Matter Deep Publishing. You provide the draft (up-to 100k words) and you will receive a thoughtful written response. Kyle will provide you with honest thoughts, pointing out structural errors and giving suggestions to improve your draft. This is not a copy edit; grammar will not be marked or edited. Rather, this is for early drafts of your novel to improve character, story, and avoid pesky things like plot-holes and cliches
  • Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! 
  • A printed, paperback copy of the final product. 
  • A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

Not an author? Still want to help?

Below are handful of prize packages for those who want to help support independent art, but are not content creators themselves.

Digital Book Bundle (Plus!) (LIMIT 10)

  • Your name credited on our Thank You page at the back of the final book. 
  •  A zip file containing varying formats of 12 eBooks, valued at over $25. PLUS four additional titles at no extra charge. This expanded reward is limited to ten backers, so grab it while you can.

Titles Include:

  • Olympia Heights: The Pantheon by Amy Leigh Strickland (ePub, iBooks, Mobi, PDF) 
  • Rescue OR, Royer Goldhawk's Remarkable Journal by Amy Leigh Strickland (ePub, iBooks, Mobi, PDF) 
  • Mothership Goose by Carly Strickland (iBooks) 
  • Say No to Sparkles by Kyle Strickland, Illustrated by Carly Strickland (iBooks, Kf8) 
  • Message in the Dust by Dan Strickland (Mobi, ePub, PDF) 
  • Kissing Corpses by Amy Leigh Strickland (ePub, Mobi, PDF) 
  • Inception by Teal Haviland (ePub, Mobi, PDF) 
  • The Sisters (A Reaping Chronicles Novella) by Teal Haviland (ePub, Mobi, PDF) 
  • Nomad by JL Bryan (ePub, Mobi, PDF) 
  • The Unseen by JL Bryan (ePub, Mobi, PDF) 
  • Evil Ways by Bobby Nash (ePub, Mobi, PDF) 
  • Samaritan by Bobby Nash (ePub, Mobi, PDF) 
  • 13 on Halloween by Laura A. H. Elliott (ePub, Mobi, PDF) 
  • Shadow Slayer by Laura A. H. Elliott (ePub, Mobi, PDF) 
  • Gifted (A Donovan Circus Novel) by Liz Long (ePub, Mobi, PDF)
  • Funny Tragic Crazy Magic by Sheena Boekweg (ePub, Mobi, PDF)

 Digital Book Bundle

  • Your name credited on our Thank You page at the back of the final book. 
  • A zip file containing varying formats of 12 eBooks, valued at over $25.
Titles Include:
  • Olympia Heights: The Pantheon by Amy Leigh Strickland (ePub, iBooks, Mobi, PDF)
  • Rescue OR, Royer Goldhawk's Remarkable Journal by Amy Leigh Strickland (ePub, iBooks, Mobi, PDF)
  • Mothership Goose by Carly Strickland (iBooks)
  • Say No to Sparkles by Kyle Strickland, Illustrated by Carly Strickland (iBooks, Kf8)
  • Message in the Dust by Dan Strickland (Mobi, ePub, PDF)
  • Kissing Corpses by Amy Leigh Strickland (ePub, Mobi, PDF)
  • Inception by Teal Haviland (ePub, Mobi, PDF)
  • The Sisters (A Reaping Chronicles Novella) by Teal Haviland (ePub, Mobi, PDF)
  • Nomad by JL Bryan (ePub, Mobi, PDF)
  • The Unseen by JL Bryan (ePub, Mobi, PDF)
  • Evil Ways by Bobby Nash (ePub, Mobi, PDF)
  • Samaritan by Bobby Nash (ePub, Mobi, PDF)

Olympia Heights Poster

  • Receive an exclusive 18x24" Olympia Heights poster, featuring art by Sam Albro, signed by Amy Leigh Strickland. This poster is not available on sale anywhere else.
  • Your name credited on our Thank You page at the back of the final book. 

Holiday Gift (Kids!)

Holiday Gift (Olympia Heights)

Incognito Project

  • The Incognito Project signed by Terry Strickland.
  • Your name credited on our Thank You page at the back of the final book.

Just who are these nine authors?

There will be nine independent authors working on this book. Each of the authors selected to write this book are independently published or self-published and have carved their own paths through trial and error. They're ready to share their triumphs and mistakes with you to help guide you on the road to independent publication. Here's a little about the writers and the articles they will be producing.

As an indie, without an enormous marketing budget or top-tier PR firm at your disposal, social media is an invaluable asset. Marketing for indies is all about building buzz online.

Blake Northcott exemplifies the social media marketer with over 25k followers on Twitter and hundreds more on other prominent social media sites. Her article will give you her expert advice on connecting with the right audience on a shoestring budget so that you can sell your book world-wide.

Twitter | Website | Facebook | Kickstarter Check out Assault or Attrition!

When it comes to formatting your eBook, your instincts may not be right. With so many formats—mobi, kf8, epub, iBooks—it's easy to get overwhelmed. Amy Leigh Strickland's digital formatting article will walk you through the software and websites you need to sell your ebook.

In 2013, if you're not on the web, you don't have a presence. What belongs on your page? What's the best way to manage content? How do you get found? As a bonus article, Strickland will take you through the basics of setting up and maintaining your own author site.

Website | Publisher | Twitter | Facebook

Right now, you might just feel lucky enough to have someone reading your book in print. Once you master digital and print sales, the next step to growing your audience is through audio distribution. Kiri Callaghan, star of Geek & Sundry's Kiriosity, will walk you through the basics of producing your own audio book.

Website | Twitter | Geek & Sundry

Social media is important, but nothing beats getting out there and meeting your fans. A face-to-face connection is a powerful tool in selling yourself as a brand. Bobby Nash knows that best; his article will teach you how to get invited to events and what to do once you get there.

WebsiteTwitter | Facebook

They say "don't judge a book by its cover." The thing is, people still do. In fact, it's probably the biggest factor in whether a stranger buys your book while browsing Amazon. A great cover is a great first impression. Carly Strickland's article will give advice on how to hire a cover designer and (if you absolutely must do it on your own) give you tips to avoid a cover disaster.

As a children's book illustrator, Carly's bonus article will give you the information you need to illustrate and lay out your very own picture book.

 Portfolio | Publisher | Blog

In the days of vanity presses, the only path to self-publishing was to hire a printer and order books in bulk. For some indie presses, this makes sense. For others, there are better options now. Dave Wheeler, co-founder of Mind Wave Comics, will walk you through the difference between Print-on-Demand and Small Press and give you advice on how to choose which is right for you.

 Portfolio | Mind Wave Comics | Mind Wave Tumblr

How can a buyer on Amazon tell if your book is going to be any good? Reviews! And a couple reviews from your mom and aunts won't cut it (nor should they be leaving reviews, ethically speaking.) So how do you get real people to post real reviews of your book?

JL Bryan has years of experience getting bloggers and fans to post reviews (by the hundreds!) His article will break down the dos and don'ts of pitching bloggers and enticing reviews so that word-of-mouth can propel your book to the top of the charts.

 Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Editing is an absolute must for any published text. Kyle Strickland, Chief Editor at Matter Deep Publishing, will give advice on how to edit your work in phases to ensure the best quality on a small budget.

Website | Publisher | Twitter | Say No to Sparkles

Indie publishing is still fighting to establish a solid reputation. Fan reviews are a great way to prove the quality of your book, but nothing looks quite as nice on your back cover as an award.

Teal Haviland won the 2013 UtopYA Con award for Best Debut Novel. She'll write about how the award has affected her sales and how to be considered for such honors.

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Shipping

Though we support authors all around the world (Blake is Canadian!) we cannot afford to ship physical rewards internationally without a little extra help. If you live outside the 50 US States and you select a reward that includes physical products, Kickstarter will require you to contribute for international shipping. The international shipping fee is $15, which is calculated to cover the majority of the costs of shipping this item via USPS First Class mail to most countries worldwide. This fee was determined based on average US Postal Service fees at the time of our research in June. All books will come from Matter Deep headquarters in Alabama, USA.

For US residents, your reward tier includes the cost of shipping via USPS media mail.

Thank You

Thanks to Kevin MacLeod for his awesome, royalty-free music- http://incompetech.com/

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Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges for this project are minimal. The writers involved are all experienced and capable of working on a deadline. The publisher, Matter Deep Publishing, has experience running and fulfilling rewards for a successful Kickstarter campaign (see The Incognito Project).

All of our writers are very busy people, so we have built extra padding into the timeline to give everyone plenty of time to write and edit their respective articles.

We plan to use Createspace for print-on-demand production. When we sat down to think about how we would create a book for indie publishers, this seemed like an appropriate choice. This decision will minimize the cost and risk involved with putting the book out, though it will limit our choices for covers, dimensions, and interior paper.

In a project with this many creators, organization and book-keeping will be our biggest challenge. We will keep in frequent contact with our writers to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that deadlines are met.

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    PERSONAL ADVISING: ► Got questions about the book? A 1-hour Google Hangout with three of the authors (choose from Amy Leigh Strickland, Blake Northcott, Kyle Strickland, Dave Wheeler, Kiri Callaghan, Carly Strickland, and Teal Haviland) to discuss your current draft, ask for design tips, get clarifications on the content of the book, brainstorm on marketing, or simply talk about nerd stuff. You have us for an hour, so use it well! ► Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! ► A printed, paperback copy of the final product. ► A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

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    SIGNAL BOOST: ► Our nine authors will all tweet your link to their followers (no porn, politics, or religion), for a reach of over 30k combined followers (some followers may overlap). ► Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! ► A printed, paperback copy of the final product. ► A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

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    INDIE HERO: ► A bamboo thumb drive (8G) engraved with The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing logo and pre-loaded with: ▷ A zip file containing 12 ebooks for your reading pleasure. See the Digital Book Bundle package for a list of titles. ▷ A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99. ► A printed, casebound, hardcover copy of the final product. This will not be on the thumb drive as it is a physical product. That would just be silly. ► Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome!

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    DIGITAL DESIGN SERVICES: ► A JPEG file of a digital cover design for your book (art by Carly Strickland), including a signed release to be used on all digital formats, merchandising, and in promotional material for your book. See project body for images of Carly's work. ► Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! ► A printed, paperback copy of the final product. ► A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

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    PRINT DESIGN SERVICES: ► A print-ready (full wrap) cover design for your book by Carly Strickland, including a signed release to be used on all digital and print formats, merchandising, and promotional material for your book. Includes PDF for Createspace, JPG, and PSD files. The PDF file will be made to dimensions and page-count for Createspace printing. You provide the title, description, dimensions, page-count, and the back-of-book blurb and the file will be delivered upload-ready for use with your Createspace paperback. See project body for samples of Carly's work. ► Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! ► A printed, paperback copy of the final product. ► A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

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    FULL WORKS DESIGN: ► An interior layout file, ready to upload to Createspace, designed by Carly Strickland, for your text-only novel. ► A print-ready (full wrap) cover design for your book by Carly Strickland, including a signed release to be used on all digital and print formats, merchandising, and promotional material for your book. Includes PDF for Createspace, JPG, and PSD files. The PDF file will be made to dimensions and page-count for Createspace printing. You provide the title, description, dimensions, page-count, and the back-of-book blurb and the file will be delivered upload-ready for use with your Createspace paperback. See project body for samples of Carly's work. ► Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! ► A printed, paperback copy of the final product. ► A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

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    CREATIVE CRITIQUE: ► A written critique of your draft by Kyle Strickland, BFA Professional Writing (SCAD) and chief editor of Matter Deep Publishing. You provide the draft (up-to 100k words) and you will receive a thoughtful written response. Kyle will provide you with honest thoughts, pointing out structural errors and giving suggestions to improve your draft. This is not a copy edit; grammar will not be marked or edited. Rather, this is for early drafts of your novel to improve character, story, and avoid pesky things like plot-holes and cliches. ► Your name published on our Contributing Authors page with the title of one of your books beside it. [Example: Amy Leigh Strickland, author of Olympia Heights: The Pantheon] This title does not have to be currently available at time of publication and comic books are welcome! ► A printed, paperback copy of the final product. ► A zip file containing all four formats (Mobi, ePub, iBooks, PDF) of the digital edition of the book. Retail price per format- $5.99

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