Friday, May 4, 2012


I read this book a while back and found that there are so many great tips in this for authors, even if you don't self-publish. Zoe does self-publish and does rather well at it. Read this book and get some valuable advice. I have included a few reviews at the bottom. Mine is under Robert Nelson.

What would you pay to gain the knowledge to self-publish your book with the least hassle and overall expense? Indie author, Zoe Winters, paid over $250 in books and magazines, plus trial-and-error experience to gain her knowledge. Becoming an Indie Author distills that knowledge into one easily-digestible ebook with motivation, tips, tricks, and a road map that cuts out the fluff and BS for under $5.

This book is relatively short for its subject matter, weighing in at a little over 47,000 words. There is no filler, just straight talk in Zoe’s typically blunt writing style. If you’re tired of people selling you rainbow farts and butterfly dreams and want to know how to think and act like a business person, create a solid plan, and become an indie author, this book is for you.

Most guides on self-publishing seem to think “bigger is better”, “more tips are better” with no regard to the net benefit or practicality of applying each tip. Half the advice hasn’t even been tried personally by the author in many self-publishing guides. Becoming an Indie Author focuses on actionable suggestions that won’t split your attention five hundred different ways but will allow you to focus on the big picture and the most beneficial, low-cost, and high-yield action steps.

Becoming an Indie Author trims the fat and helps you become laser-focused on your goals, starting with a good attitude and continuing to practical steps you’ll need to take along the way to get where you want to go.

A few of the things you’ll learn in this book:

One of the most effective ways to build a newsletter list

Cheat sheets for getting your formatting taken care of without hiring outside assistance for both print and ebook with a minimum of hassle and stress

The one thing you never want to do when hiring outside help (This tip will save you considerable money and hassle over the long term.)

How to get out of your way and stop sabotaging yourself as well as limiting the naysaying power of others

About the Author:

Zoe Winters has sold over 50,000 ebooks independently. She teaches self-publishing techniques along with April L. Hamilton at with their Vault University series. Zoe is the creator of the cartoon video series on Youtube called: Zoe Who? She’s been featured on Book Talk Radio with Pierra Tocci in NY, and also as an interview guest on The Creative Penn podcast.

Zoe independently produces a series of quirky paranormal romance books, called The Preternaturals Series. The first book, Blood Lust, is a compilation of her three previously-released novellas: Kept, Claimed, and Mated. Blood Lust is available in ebook and print. The second installment in the series, Save My Soul, is now available as well.

Her favorite colors are rainbow and clear. (because no bio is complete without that!)

Review by: Robert Nelson on Jan. 02, 2011 : star star star star star (Remove)
Zoe has written one fantastic book in easy to understand terms. I read this in one day and am glad I did. Much of the muddle in my mind has been cleared away. The very latest information is here for all the different modes of getting your book out there. She has answers for people with very limited funds and for those with more to spend, as well. Her recommendations on which steps to take first and which method to use first make absolute sense.

This is a must read not only for Indie writers but for mainstream folk as well. Her marketing savvy alone is worth the price.

Thank you for writing this, Zoe!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Review by: Kevin McLaughlin on Dec. 30, 2010 : star star star star star
Amazing book. If you are even vaguely interested in self-publishing to ebook and/or print, this is worth every penny and then some. Simply the best book I have found on the subject to date, anywhere. In simple terms and simple steps, Zoe Winters walks the reader through the process of getting one's work Out There in the world. She offers walk throughs, she offers solutions to problems she ran into, she offers candid advice based on her own top-notch experience.

Buy This Book. I've recommended it to everyone who's asked me about how to do this. I don't need to write longwinded posts anymore, I just send them a link to buy it here.

Great job, Zoe, and many thanks!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Review by: Sara Reinke on Nov. 24, 2010 : star star star star star
In a style that's both informative and entertaining, Zoe Winters shares her trials, tribulations and tricks of the trade when it comes to the growing world of independent publishing. Winters doesn't pull any punches, or promise quick money or easy answers. She emphasizes that her personal approach is that of running a business, something any writer -- no matter their avenue of publication -- should do. Like any business, indie publishing is a gamble. But for those who are not only brave enough to try it, but savvy enough (like Winters) to carve a niche for themselves and make a go of it, it can be successful and rewarding. Any author who shares an enthusiastic interest in taking the reins of his or her career should find "Becoming an Indie Author" both a candid and comprehensive look at the process -- everything from developing your business plan and determining your long-term professional goals, to marketing, layout and cover art production tips. Winters has a quick wit and a wealth of experience, and she shares both with her readers in abundance. It's a short book (I finished it in less than a day), but one that's packed with information, and I walked away with a different perspective on my own writing career, and a greater respect for indie authors.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Ruth Ann Nordin on Nov. 19, 2010 : star star star star star
As Cathryn Grant said, this book covers pretty much everything an indie author should know from beginners to those who've been doing this for years (like me). All I can do is second everything Zoe Winters has said. The book takes you from deciding to go indie, to publishing basics and even formatting your books, to marketing, and then to pearls of wisdom post-publication when things are great and not-so-great. Zoe doesn't cover up the bad or promise things will all be roses. This is stuff I wish I had known before I started selling a lot of books, esp. in regards to reviews and sales rising and dropping. If nothing else, this book will let you know you're not the only author going through some of the more difficult things of being an author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)


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