Self-Publishing for the Broke Author

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Producing a publishing-quality book can be expensive. Editing, formatting, and cover design can all add up to quite the hefty chunk of change.

But does it have to?

Indie author Jean Bauhaus shares the methods she used to produce no fewer than six self-published books without spending a dime – including the novel that got her noticed and landed her a three-book publishing contract. This is a comprehensive guide for bootstrapping do-it-yourselfers and for the would-be indie who thinks she needs a big platform and a successful Kickstarter campaign before she can get started.

And she doesn’t stop there. Jean goes beyond the basics of e-book and paperback production to walk you through the publishing and distribution process and educate you about your options so you can develop the best publishing strategy to serve your long-term career goals. She also explores your options for publicizing your book and helps you determine where to focus your marketing efforts at this stage of your author career.

If you think you can’t afford to get started with self-publishing, this audiobook is a must-listen. It will give you all the tools you need to launch your first book and set your publishing career on course to reach the stratosphere.

This book is very useful, and I expect I’ll return to it time and again as I progress through my indie publishing career. Jean Bauhaus covers the end to end process of self publishing, and goes over the necessary steps to make a minimally viable book product. I especially found useful the broken out sections of “if you have a little money” and “if you have no money” for the different steps.

There are lots of resources out there for indie publishers, and this book does a great job of rounding up the best advice out there and presenting it in a very accessible, no-nonsense way for indie authors everywhere. Go forth and pick this up–you won’t be sorry!

Amazon Reviewer Seanimal

About the Author

Jean Bauhaus is a total nerd for good storytelling. She is also incapable of being quiet when someone asks a question she knows the answer to, a trait that is largely responsible for the creation of this book. She grew up in Oklahoma and is a recent transplant to the Ozark mountains, where she lives in the middle of the woods with her husband, Matt, a cat, two box turtles, and a Chihuahua who seems to think he’s an actual child. He might have had some encouragement in thinking along those lines. Jean writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and horror under the name Jean Marie Bauhaus.

Mission Driven

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Mission Driven: Moving from Profit to Purpose aims to help the jobseeker — whether a student, a mid-career professional or a retiring Baby Boomer — take advantage of the many career opportunities burgeoning in the non-profit sector by answering these questions and more:
• Is now the right time for me to transition into the nonprofit sector?
• Will my skills transfer to the nonprofit sector?
• How do I even begin to move from the corporate to nonprofit sector?

The nonprofit sector is changing to accommodate the enormous richness of experience all of these individuals can bring with them. This book endeavors to help each of them find their place in the new nonprofit sector.

Very interesting point of view about the business world. Very easy to listen. I enjoyed very much the narration.

Lylian, Audible Reviewer, 8/13/17

About the Author

Laura Gassner Otting’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup; and founded and ran the NPAG, which partnered with the full gamut of mission driven executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists.

Bliss or Bust

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Bliss or Bust: Uplifting Thoughts, by Stevie Puckett, is a different kind of book. It is not filled with the author’s life story or case studies or research. It is an easy and potentially powerful read. It will help you realize the practical importance of disciplining your thoughts through awareness of your emotions and how to use them. It is also about intuition, how to trust it and why it can provide a life-enhancing advantage to intentionally develop it.

This book is short and sweet. It is not a book that you will necessarily want to read straight through. You may just read it when you want a lift or just read one entry a day or one entry at different points in the day. You might even just pick it up occasionally and flip to any old page for a special message to consider.

Bliss or Bust: Uplifting Thoughts is a compilation of ideas to help build a foundation from which to live a more enjoyable life intentionally and authentically. If you are open to a new perspective that will ease your mind and help you to feel your best, then you are going to love this book.

There are a couple reasons I’ve given this short work a five star rating. Stevie Puckett has found her niche with this work. She has done a beautiful job of clearly expressing a series of thoughts, that are each an uplifting meditation. Her performance here is one that reflects the simplicity and purity of this positive thinking. You will enjoy this as a positive affirmation to fall asleep to at night or starting your day with.

Stephen Bergquist, Audible Reviewer, 7/12/17

Compatibility Test

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Have you wondered about whether or not you are deeply in love with your partner? Are you thinking about whether or not your relationship contains all the necessary ingredients to be passionate and successful together? This test has the main questions, some of which are more relevant than others, to see if you match, if you are compatible with your partner or potential partner. It’s a fun test that you and/or your partner can do to learn more about yourselves, relationships in general, and your love for each other. So feel free to get this book for just a few bucks and have a fun 30 minutes or hour learning more and comparing.

Help! My Job Sucks

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Is there such a thing as the perfect job? I’m sure we each have our own definition of perfection in the workplace. Some people prefer to work in the great outdoors, others enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of an office in a skyscraper, and some enjoy working out of an RV. 

A characteristic that creates a pleasant work environment is the belief that the company cares, the boss listens, and there is a chance to get ahead and, perhaps, get a raise or promotion. Being taken advantage of often causes the perfect job to become dreary and tedious. Like most of us, I’m sure, bosses have made promises to me in the past to get extra work and longer hours and then reneged when the time came to pay up. 

Regardless, sometimes conditions conspire to make the regular trek to a job feel like a trip through Dante’s Inferno. Sometimes, these are out of our control, such as a malicious manager or incompetent colleague. On the other hand, we can take control of our lives and workplace and improve our situation. 

Get this book to learn what you can do when your job sucks.

About the Author

After spending over 33 years in the computer and information technology industry, Richard decided to take early retirement to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional writer and published author. Richard is a leader in the computer industry, serving as Vice President of Consulting at Software Techniques and Beck Computer Systems before settling down as Director of Computer Operations at Trader Joe’s. During his twenty-year tenure at that esteemed company, he focused on computer security and preparing for the possibility of disaster.

Freelance Writing Business

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So you think you want to be a freelance writer and you are looking at doing some ghostwriting. Well, ghostwriting is hard work! 

Yet when properly managed and priced, ghostwriting can be one of the most lucrative freelance writing careers. 

This book goes through how to successfully run a ghostwriting project, from the initial contact with a prospective client to delivering the completed work. Potential pitfalls are discussed in detail, along with solutions and suggestions. 

Here is a summary of what you’ll learn: 

* How to price a ghostwriting project 
* How to set up a ghostwriting business 
* Running meetings with your client 
* Doing interviews and research 
* Why communication is especially important 
* How to write a Statement of Work to protect yourself and your client 
* How to handle the inevitable revisions 
* How to deliver your final project. 

About the Author

In addition to creating hundreds of articles for the web and blogs, Richard actively works as a professional ghostwriter. In that role, he has completed books on a wide variety of subjects including memoirs, business volumes, and novels. Because of his in-depth background in software management and computer security, Richard has ghostwritten a number of major books in those areas.