Are you a first time author looking to self-publish your book? Or perhaps you are a traditionally published author thinking about dipping a toe into the self-publishing sea?

Well I'm happy to let you know that anyone can self-publish. It's just that not everybody does it well. Poorly formatted books, riddled with errors are, unfortunately, on the rise with the self-published author.

But it doesn't have to be like that.

All of the traditional publishing experts are available for utilisation during the self-publishing process – editors, cover designers, formatters, distributors – the world is your oyster. But at what cost? Every dollar you spend eats into your profit, and believe me, you can spend a lot.

But what if I told you that after you have edited and designed your cover you only had to spend a measly $35 to have your eBook for sale on Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Nook and Apple iBookstore amongst others, and your printed book available for sale on Amazon and any other internet distributor?

Sounds too good to be true? Well it's not. And to prove it I've written a book about it.

To be totally honest though, that's not really what my book is about. Over the last few years I have spent hundreds of hours researching, learning and trial and error-ring formatting to allow my books to look as professional as possible. And after all that hard work, I realised I had an incredible ability to help other authors through the same minefields I had navigated.

Self-Publishing Cover I know there are a lot of books on self-publishing already available, but from my experience I've found most of them tell you what to do not how to do it. So a couple of months ago I started writing and this was the result – a nuts-and-bolts, hold-your-hand manual on formatting.

I also discuss different self-publishing options available, looking at their pros, cons and costings, as well as everything you need to do before you self-publish your book. It should be available on Amazon in eBook form within the next month.

Sound like something you might benefit from? Well, you're in luck. In the lead up to my book launch, I'm searching for authors willing to do an honest review on Amazon in exchange for a free copy of my book. If you're interested, send me an email through my contact page, or contact me on twitter (@DonnaJoyUsher) and when it's ready I'll send you a copy.

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