The International
Women's Writing Guild

Self-Publishing Secrets from a Best-Selling Author

  • Tuesday, August 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Digital Village


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Self-Publishing Secrets from
a Best-Selling Author

Bestselling Author Abby Vandiver taught herself how to format and publish her books. Along the way, she became something of a self-publishing expert. What she loved about self-publishing was the control it gave her - control over content, design (those amazing covers), cost, and marketing. 

Her success led to representation and deals with traditional publishers and a career not only as an author but also as a teacher for other writers who might want to do what she did. In this workshop Abby shares her approach to self-publishing and the secrets she learned to build her audience as one writer in a sea of many. If you are a fiction writer, especially of romance or mystery, self-publishing can be a great way to get your books out and build a loyal audience. If you are writing nonfiction and have an area of expertise to share, as well as a community to reach, then this approach might be right for you as well. 

In a time when the phrase 'author platform' seems daunting for many writers who just don't have multiple thousands of followers, Abby's method can get you started building that platform while selling your books. In this workshop, using the Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) platform, you will learn:

  • How to format your WORD document so you can easily self-publish
  • Whether to do your paperback or digital version first or both together
  • Understand word count per writing genre  
  • Decide trim size for your paperback version
  • Whether to buy an ISBN or use what Kindle KRP provides
  • How to set up your Author Page on Amazon
  • How to design your Cover 
  • How to read your digital book on Kindle to have the reader experience
  • How to write your marketing blurb
  • How to submit your book and cover to KDP
  • How to price your paperback and digital versions
  • How the Amazon KDP royalty process works
  • How to get beta readers, reviews and build your reader base
  • And so much more!

This is a two-part workshop offered over four hours. If you have been wondering if self-publishing might work for you, this workshop will provide the knowledge so you can make an informed choice.

Abby VanDiver

WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY and internationally bestselling author, Abby L. Vandiver, who also writes as Abby Collette, has always enjoyed writing. Combining that with her love of mystery she has published using a Hybrid approach, self-published and been traditionally published. Abby has penned more than twenty books and short stories. Her new cozy mystery from  Penguin Berkley, A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP, is the first in the new Ice Cream Parlor Mystery series. Abby resides in South Euclid, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and facilitating self-publishing and writing classes online with Cleveland Literary and at her local library.