Gina Lawless Books

March 6, 2012

Indie Book Publishing

Filed under: Publishing — Gina Lawless @ 4:29 pm
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When I started writing (not going to say how long ago) I never dreamed of becoming my own publisher. Years ago, throughout my research of using a print-on-demand method, and seeking publishing companies to publish and market my books, I was giving up hope of ever having anything published. The work involved in querying publishers and/or the costs involved in print-on-demand, were overwhelming. Plus, if I ever did have a book published through a publishing house, the thought of marketing myself as a writer scared me to death. I really think that was a huge factor in how hard I pushed myself at the time.

The only reason I kept writing was:

1. I love it.

2. I submitted my first book to several publishing companies, and I received a letter of interest from one.

They wanted a book proposal, which I anguished over for weeks, and turned out to be 5 pages long! Their response was simply put, “Sorry, we don’t have the time or resources to read 5 page book proposals. But, keep plugging away!”

Devastated? Yes. Absolutely. Disheartened, depressed and kicking myself in the ass.

With today’s technology, Kindles, iPad, Nooks, or what have you, we are able to DIY. Independent book publishing may become mainstream. It’s a grand scheme.

What you can do now:

  • Selling your books through your own website
  • Submit your books to They have several companies that will do most of the leg work for you, like CreateSpace to name just one.
  • Blog it. Link your website to your blog.

What you will need to do before selling your book:

  • ISBN numbers
  • A copyright
  • A cover
  • And, of course, a book

Make sure your work is polished and edited before you publish, because once it’s out there, it will represent you as a writer.

Right now, I’m waiting til I can afford the ISBNs, then watch out!



  1. I tried a Kindle Select free promo last week. I moved up in the rankings during the promo and it all ended once the promo was over. My next trick will be trying a review service. BlueInk and Kirkus are too expensive for me, but someone told me about a new one that just started and is much cheaper:

    Comment by Gary Lane — March 9, 2012 @ 12:53 am | Reply

    • Thanks for the link Gary. As always in this business, it’s good to have more resources to check out without being nickle and dimed to death!

      Comment by ginaray — March 9, 2012 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

      • So true.

        Comment by Gary Lane — March 10, 2012 @ 4:42 am

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