I can’t give you my list of best books on writing without also including those books written for self published authors.
When I wrote my memoir I did not want to wait months for traditional publishers to accept or reject my book. I couldn’t wait. The memoir was a healing tool for me. My Mother had just passed away and she was the reason the book was born. So as part of my healing, I felt that the memoir had to be out there. I wanted to share my story with someone, with the world… with others like me that were grieving. I wanted to immortalized my parents by telling their stories, my story as a child, and the family dynamic that I always treasured. It was and is unique. At least, it is special to me and my siblings.
I wrote a book. Now what? I was clueless! But, as a writer, I am also a voracious reader and began to read anything that would educate me on the publishing process. I needed an editor. I needed a cover designer. I needed to learn to format my book. What did that even mean? I had to reach out to bloggers, reviewers, and media. The thought was overwhelming but the answers were out there… the pioneers of independent publishing. Here are the four books for self published writers that I read and read and then read some more:
Those were my go-to’s, in addition to searching the internet and watching YouTube. Later, my library expanded and I read other books more niche. That’s it! That is all I needed to get started. Four books. I was not alone. And over the last few years some things have changed and thankfully, David Gaughran updated and revised “Let’s Get Digital” which I referenced a lot since I have the worst memory and some days I am a blank slate. More on that issue another time!
Paz Ellis writes in several genres and loves to read and support fellow authors.