Resources For the Self-Publisher

With self-publishing such a hot trend right now, I thought I would share some great resources that self-publishers can use throughout the whole process. From ebook conversion, to book printing  and distribution, and much more, check out these resources for the self-publisher.

Transformed FREE giveaway!!!

Hey There!

In celebration of my soon to be released YA debut Transformed, I figured I’d do a FREE giveaway! Yeah!

Simply fill out the form below to be entered to win a signed galley of Transformed. Winner will be notified by mid-November. Good luck!

“Transformed” Book Release

In anticipation of my debut YA novel release in Fall 2012, I’ll be having some contests.

Head on over and “Like” my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/WriterNicolaLMcDonald
to get updated info about contest info. and  updates on when “Transformed” will be available!

Be sure to spread the word, especially to any teens you may know who enjoy reading paranormal romance, science fiction, fantasy, etc.

Electronic Publishing Resources

Hey There!

I thought I’d do a post on e-publishing resources since it’s such a hot topic right now, and probably will be for a while. So, I’ve been looking around at various resources and I found these to be informational and resourceful:

With eBook publishing picking up so nicely there are many different companies popping up all over the web. Be sure to extensively research any company you plan to do business with to make sure they are stable enough and have the types of services you are looking for. to help more in regards to what you should look for if you’re considering e-publishing or even POD self- publishing check out ParaPublishing.

Have any more ideas not mentioned here? Please share them in the comments! Thanks.

The Self Publisher’s Book Cover

Hey guys! Ever wondered about book covers? Well, if you thought about self publishing, or publishing at all, then it has most likely crossed your mind. Well, let me tell you from the perspective of my Librarian profession and my avid reader self, book covers are quite the rave! They have the power to draw potential readers or have people hold up a cross and run away like they’re vampires from a bad dream.

So, how do you find the right cover artist?

Mmmm, good question! I’d say start by browsing your local library for books that relate to your story. Look at various cover designs and do more research on the artists by visiting their websites and looking at more of their works. Contact them and ask questions!

With the rise of self-publishing, and those publishers wanting to make their works more professional, book cover designs have become increasingly expensive. Don’t despair! You may find you have a creative knack and want to try making your own cover (warning – if you are not into the arts and technology, this may not be your best option!) But if you want to try I found some resources you can check out:

Also, I recently came across this site called Elance, where you can have various designers bid to work on your book cover. I’m sure there are other similar sites out there as well.

The Query

Since it’s such an important aspect of the writing process, I thought I’d say a few words about writing a query letter.

So, what is a query letter anyway? It’s pretty much your first impression! It’s what introduces you and your work to a potential agent or editor representative. And what do most people say about first impressions? That’s right – they last! So make it count.

The basic format of a query should be:

  • Specific salutation for the person being queried.
  • A one sentence “hook” saying what your book is about and how long it is.
  • A detailed paragraph of the books summary, possible marketability, and what makes it different form the rest.
  • A brief and concise paragraph about yourself and your qualifications in regards to your writing project.
  • Close in gratitude.

Be sure to research and follow the strict instructions for each agency or individual being queried. While some may say include ten pages, others may want to see the whole manuscript. Here are a few different takes on writing and formatting the query letter:

Agent Query

Charlotte Dillon

MobileWritersGuild

Nathan Bransford

Query Letters – AGH!