Friday, September 13, 2013

Guest Author Leti Del Mar

Today, we have with us special guest author, Leti Del Mar. Leti is the author of Among the Unaltered, a dystopian romance in the YA genre, and has just recently released a very helpful nonfiction book entitled How to Self-Publish: A DIY Approach. I give it 5 stars! You can read my review here:

Shawn: Welcome, Leti! Please tell us about your latest book and what inspired you to write it.

Leti Del Mar: How to Self-Publish: A DIY Approach has been a real labor of love. It all started when I realized many of the people who frequented my blog were Indie authors who aspired to one day publish. Many of these writers had found some limited success, but were not happy with the way their work was handled. Another disappointing factor was that many of these authors had to do most of the marketing legwork, but didn't get to keep the rights to their work.

In my own research, I found that many experts in the Indie industry claimed to have spent hundreds or even thousands in order to put together a professional looking product to self-publish. When I first wanted to self-publish my Romantic Suspense novel, The Inadvertent Thief, that simply wasn't an option for me. So I did a little more research and discovered all sorts of ways to do it by myself at very little cost. I spent a total of $35 on my first novel. That's it!

Then I began to chronicle my experiences on my blog in a section called My Indie Journey and starting last April, I began a weekly tutorial that laid out the steps I took to self-publish. This 12 week feature became immensely popular and I had all sorts of authors thanking me for making the self-publishing process affordable and accessible.

My wheels started spinning and I decided to expand upon this tutorial and put it all together in a book. I added to every step and spent quite a bit more time with adding marketing suggestions and formatting. I also contacted 6 other Indie authors who came from a diverse publishing background to contribute a chapter about issues important to Indie authors like research, copping with bad reviews, handling feedback and establishing your brand.

I am so happy with the finished product and I know it will be an asset to anyone who is contemplating to world of self-publishing. I've set the price at just $0.99 because I firmly believe anyone can put together a product for less than what they would spend on a week's worth of lattes!

By Leti Del Mar

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