Self Publishing

DIY Self Publishing

Have you ever written a book? Bled words onto the page, crafted and sculpted until your story was perfect. That is amazing. Just writing a novel is a mountain of an accomplishment. But then comes the question of what to do with that book that you have invested so much of your time and talent in.

Getting an agent is hard. Selling a novel to a publisher is hard. Marketing your book to make sure it sells is hard.

Is self-publishing hard? I hear a lot of people say so. But I don’t really agree. In college, I had a professor that was always pushing us to find the best, most elegant solution. He insisted that to be elegant, the solution must be simple and easily understood. And of course, it has to work.

I have applied this concept of elegance and simplicity to my self-publishing approach. If you have the right tools: You Can Do It.

There are many resources out there for self-publishing. I will share many of them here, even if I haven’t used them myself. Most of them have a complexity to them that I find hard to wrap my head around. My goal is to provide the tools necessary to achieve your DIY Self Publishing dreams.

Now I’m not famous, or rich. But I did get my books out there, and they are selling. I do my own formatting and my own covers. (But I always hire an editor!) It was simple, and I want to show you that too.

Will you join me and be elegantly self-published yourself?


Writer, mother, coder, nerd. I have more than ten years of experience in software and web development. And I have a series of middle-grade fantasy books that I self-published. I am passionate about self-publishing and believe that anyone can do it. Elegantly Self Published is my blog dedicated to sharing my knowledge so that you can do just that.


  • Lauraine Henderson

    I published my first novel in December, 2016. I used Createspace, the publishing arm of Amazon. I bought all their services, since it was my first book; an investment in my future. Although they did a marvelous job – timely, high-quality, professional work – I felt I could do an equally good job with everything but the editing. When I published my second novel (really a novella) in January, 2018, I paid for an editor, but did all the rest myself. It took a little time, but because of my experience with my first book, I knew what to look for. After figuring out their use of the old Word program for formatting, the new novella came together quickly and my publishing costs dropped considerably. In addition, the second book is helping the first to sell. I would love to be a part of what you are doing to promote self-publishing.

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