Tag Archives: self publishing
ISBN Number Example

The End of the CreateSpace Custom ISBN

CreateSpace Custom ISBN CreateSpace Custom ISBN option is no longer available. In 2014, I posted a step-by-step video tutorial (in real time as I prepared to publish the paperback version of my novel, She’s Gone) on how to publish a paperback using CreateSpace. A quick background: if you want to publish a print/paper version of […]

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Create a Book Marketing Plan

Having a book marketing plan is a key, but seldom discussed component for success as an author. This is a video recording of a great webinar on how to create a book marketing plan to sell books put on by CreateSpace  and hosted by Brian Jud. There is a lot of advice online on book marketing and how to sell […]

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How to Setup Your Manuscript With CreateSpace

How to Setup Your Manuscript With CreateSpace in Less Than 15 Minutes    My novel, She’s Gone was published in the Kindle marketplace a couple weeks ago, but now I need to setup the paperback Print on Demand (POD) version of the novel using CreateSpace. For book size, I’m going with a paperback trim size […]

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Lawrence Block on Self Publishing

I’m late to the party, I just discovered what a great writer Lawrence Block is, so I’ve enjoying reading his books. Lawrence Block made a lot of news recently because he decided to come out of retirement and self publish his own book! It’s rare for a famous author to bypass traditional publishing and embrace […]

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How to Self Publish Your Fiction Book with CreateSpace

  In the video above, I’ll walk you through the entire process on how to self-publish your fiction book in paperback using CreateSpace, which is an Amazon company. That’s my book, The Asset (Kindle and Paperback).  In this post, I’ll show you how I published my book using CreateSpace. If you don’ like video, here […]

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The Asset | CIA Thriller by Alan Petersen

The Asset Now Available on Amazon

I’m happy to announce that my first fiction book, The Asset, is now available as a Kindle eBook in Amazon’s Kindle Market Place: It’s exciting to see my book finally available for sale! The paperback version should be ready in the next week or two. I’ve just uploaded my book files to Amazon’s CreateSpace. I recorded the […]

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10 Reasons Why Self Publish Authors Should Use WordPress

On November 18th I gave a presentation to a local Meetup group I organize for Self Published Authors in San Francisco. The title of my presentation was “WordPress for Self Published Authors”.  I broke it down to ten reasons why I believe self-published authors (trads too) should be using WordPress for their websites. I got the idea from visiting […]

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NCBPMA July Event: Introduction to Self Publishing

On July 31, 2012, I participated in the Northern California Book Publicity & Marketing Association’s luncheon and panel discussion on self publishing in San Francisco. The NCBPMA is an association of book publicists and marketing professionals that mostly work in traditional publishing who were curious about the recent rumblings about self publishing. The panel was […]

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I Wrote a Book

It hasn’t been self published yet. Aside from my editor and yours truly, no one has read it. But none of that matters right now. I started with zero words and after months of writing, I finished with over 80,000 words and a finished book. I felt like breaking out into the New York Giants […]

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Fictive Universe Podcast #2

In this podcast: Latest progress report on my book Editing books for self publishers Book marketing planning Kindle free eBooks, good or bad?   Resources mentioned: eLance, oDesk, Kindle Boards. Send to Kindle

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