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A Handbook for Emerging and Seasoned Authors : An Insider's Step-by-Step Approach to Becoming a Successful Indie Book Author and Publisher - M. J. Simms-Maddox

A Handbook for Emerging and Seasoned Authors

An Insider's Step-by-Step Approach to Becoming a Successful Indie Book Author and Publisher

By: M. J. Simms-Maddox

Hardcover | 15 September 2021

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There is no secret code or foolproof method to become a better writer and ultimately publish, but there are industry standards that all successful authors typically follow, one way or another.

This step-by-step approach starts with five rules that the author follows when she writes. These rules may or may not apply to your situation. The point is to establish a regimen that works best for you.

In addition, the author shares creative writing tips, including standards for developing characters. Also included are "A Word about Establishing Your Writing Career as a Business," "A Word about Literary Agents, Writing a Query Letter," among other "Words about" other subjects new and emerging authors might appreciate.

Then come seven steps and detailed procedures essential to becoming a published author. New and emerging authors are encouraged to establish a budget and then obtain the proper tools to write. Retaining a professional editor is also crucial, no matter how well one writes. But the most critical step is publishing, for which there are many substeps. But there is more. The most technical aspect of the approach is converting manuscripts into digital printing and electronic files, and this handbook also addresses audiobook conversion. Then, to bring attention to books, authors must actively promote them. Finally, authors are encouraged to modify these steps to suit their own situations.

Industry Reviews

"I followed the steps to publish my short stories and converted my Word document into book format and digital files and then uploaded the files onto my distributor's website. And presto! I self-published The Women of Matawale and Other Stories." Elinettie K. Chabwera, Ph.D.


"An original. This handbook is essential for all authors to improve their creative writing skills with the ultimate goal of publishing.

The use of the word 'her' throughout the book gives women a sense of belonging and power.

An excellent classroom tool for exercises on creative writing. The summaries of writing styles by various authors are robust.

The illustrations on obtaining the publishing essentials, such as copyright, ISBN, permission rights, and so forth, are invaluable.

Unexpected is the section on converting manuscripts into digital printing and e-book formats, step-by-step.

The Checklist of Publishing Essentials reminds authors what we must do to succeed in the hybrid and independent publishing arena.

Simms-Maddox's advice to all authors about retaining legal counsel cannot be overstated." Marie Linton Umeh, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, CUNY

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