THIS GUIDE IS ON HIATUS UNTIL I FINISH/PUBLISH THE CURRENT BOOK PROJECT!!
A lot of what I learn and share here comes from working with game designers: spending the last many years helping them go indie, be creative and live well.
But if I’m learning how to self publish books online from what they’ve done to self publish games online – well – I figure any creative could use this guide to self publish anything they wanted to.
E-Commerce plugins don’t make a distinction between a .exe, a .mov, an .mp3 or a .jpg – and the rules of business (trading something valuable now for something valuable tomorrow) have been around for as long as humans have been trading stuff.
You’re super smart, you’ll be able to convert anything written here from a game design perspective into information you can use to publish whatever it is you really really REALLY want to create and share with the world.
And hey, if you learn something that was super helpful to you, shoot me an email and let’s post an article about it!
Table of Contents
(Chapter 1: Creativity & Productivity)
Generating New Ideas (And Creating that “Eureka!” Moment)
(Chapter 2: Registration & Setup)
A Good Name: Easy to Remember, Easy to Google
Admin Stuff: Business Registration and Website Hosting
Tech Stuff: Getting Your Website Setup and Ready to Use
(Chapter 3: Site Content)
What goes viral? Awesome stuff that’s easy to talk about.
Getting Subscribers: Why we Subscribe (and why we don’t)
(Chapter 4: Social Media Stuff)
All that Social Media Community Shiznit, Yo
Social Media is Only As Good as the Value you Provide
(Chapter 5: Legal and Tax stuff)
Legal stuff to sort out before selling anything anywhere
Money Talk (Because tax time sucks and accountants are expensive)
(Chapter 6: eCommerce)
eCommerce Stuff: Selling Digital Content From Your Site
Why People Buy = Need + Credibility
Why We WON’T Buy = Greed + Disrespect
You can tell from the article headings where I’m going with most of this. Everything I’m posting here has been tested by me in my own business or from successful creatives sharing what they’ve done.
If you know more about who the hell I am (for whatever reason), Guy Blomberg of yugcast.com got most of my life story out of me in an interview which you can listen to here. Tsumea’s Souri is an incredibly patient man, he sat through all of it and posted a summary here.
Why am I so focused on convincing you to self publish your own stuff?
Because if more folks go indie to make what they feel needs to be made (and can support themselves doing so) then we’re going to get closer to our new White Album or Citizen Kane – the breakthrough works that will define a whole new species of creativity.
And I want those works to exist. They’re not going to be made by me. But they could be made by you.