Jane Friedman’s (Updated) Guide to Self-Publishing


Publishing expert Jane Friedman has recently updated her self-publishing guide , delving into the history of self-publishing and how everything changed with the advent of e-books and Amazon. She includes a list of questions to ask before publishing digitally, and in-depth instructions explaining how to navigate e-publishing services. Friedman draws out each part of the process in easy-to-understand terms, explaining online formatting, cover design, the legal ins and outs of forming an imprint, and other complex ideas, while providing useful links and service recommendations.

The guide also covers the difference between e-book and print publishing. The print section goes into the pros and cons of print-on-demand versus traditional print runs. The guide covers every part of the self-pubbing process from the technical nitty-gritty of formatting to marketing and maximizing sales. And if you still need help at the end, Friedman redirects the reader to more useful articles. This self-publishing guide is a must-read for any debut author looking to self-publish.


Former indie Romance author Jennifer Armentrout knows how difficult it is for authors to get their names out there. To help, she’s running a contest to send one unpublished author to the RT Booklovers Convention.

“They bring out a substantial amount of authors and agents and editors,” says Armentrout of the convention in a recent Publishers Weekly article. “It’s a good way to get your face in front of editors and agents.” Before being published, Armentrout says, she’d never heard of the convention; so to help other authors in the same position she once was in, she’s tailoring the contest to only aspiring authors.

Judges include Armentrout, Wendy Higgins, Christopher Rice, Veronica Rossi, Christina Lauren, former indies Jay Crownover and Cora Carmack. Submissions can be an original short story or one inspired by one of the judges’ works, up to 1,500 words, and can be submitted up until December 31 of this year (or until 150 submissions are received). One author who submits will get the chance to go to the RT Booklovers Convention for invaluable networking opportunities.


Rhythm for Sale, “A vibrant portrait of a dynamic, multi-talented American who battled daunting odds with innate business acumen and flamboyant hope”, was written by Grant Harper Reid, about his grandfather, influential African-American producer Leonard Harper. Now, partly in thanks to the success of the book (IndieReader gave it a 5-star review) New York City is renaming a street in Harlem in Harper’s honor.

“Leonard Harper was one of the most influential African-American producers, directors and choreographers of his era,” says council member Inez E. Dickens as quoted by the press release showcased Black culture, it is with great honor that the southeast corner of 132nd street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. be known as Leonard Harper Way.”

The street renaming took place this past Saturday, honoring the work and influence of Leonard Harper. If you’re interested in reading the book, check out its website, which features IR’s review.


Indie books have an increasingly strong cultural influence to go along with their increasing sales. More and more indies hit the bonafide (aka New York Times and USA Today) bestseller lists every week.  To check out some of the most recent indie bestsellers, check out IR’s list where indies count, tracking this week’s indie book successes.

Have a great weekend, Indie Readers!

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