Posts Tagged ‘Why You Should Consider Self-Publishing’

An ISBN helps to identify your book. If you are using a self-publishing company for your book, you may need to purchase your own ISBN for it (some self-publishing packages include the cost of an ISBN and take care of this for you). If you are publishing in multiple formats–for example, paperback and eBook–you will need a different ISBN for each format. To get started in purchasing an ISBN, go to You can buy a single ISBN for $125 or a block of ten ISBNs for $250.

Want to know more about self-publishing? You can schedule me to speak to your library or other organization on the topic of “Why You Should Consider Self-Publishing.” Please email me at to schedule an event.

This Thursday I will be teaching a class called “Why You Should Consider Self-Publishing” at 7 p.m. at the Ransom District Library in Plainwell, Michigan. I’ll be talking about several different self-publishing companies, telling about what I experienced publishing Illegally Innocent through Mill City Press, and sharing marketing ideas for selling your books. I thought I would give you a small glimpse of the type of information I will be covering in the class. (If you want to come to the class but already have other plans for this Thursday, I’ll be teaching it again on February 18 at 7 p.m. at the Otsego Library.)

One of the self-publishing companies I have been researching is Lulu has a wide range of book sizes available and can even publish calendars and photo books. If you want to self-publish a children’s book, you may want to check out Lulu. Their book package prices start at $729 and go up to $4949. You can publish for FREE on Lulu, but if you choose to publish for free, your book will only be available for sale on, not on or or any other websites. However, if you do decide to pay, your book can be available for sale on other websites.

If you choose to create an eBook on, it will not be available in the correct format for the Amazon Kindle, but it will be available to download in the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble Nook Bookstore, and the Lulu Marketplace. eBook publishing packages on Lulu range in price from $219 to $379.

Hope this information has been helpful for those of you researching self-publishing companies! I will be sharing more about and other self-publishing companies in “Why You Should Consider Self-Publishing.” Hope to see you there!

So far, I have scheduled two speaking events for 2013. The first one is at the Ransom District Library in Plainwell, MI, on Thursday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m. I will be teaching a class called “Why You Should Consider Self-Publishing.” In this class, I will share my self-publishing experience with Mill City Press, outline the pros and cons of several self-publishing companies, and provide marketing ideas for self-published books.

The second event is at the Otsego District Library in Otsego, MI, on Monday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. I will be teaching the same class–“Why You Should Consider Self-Publishing.” I’d love to see you if you can make it to either one of these classes!

It was great to see everybody who came to the Otsego Library for my book signing a couple of weeks ago and to the Otsego Harding’s this past Saturday for my book signing! Thank you so much for your support!

I am excited to announce that my book is now sold in another location! You can now purchase copies of Illegally Innocent from Booth 126A at the Alamo Depot on West “D” Avenue in Kalamazoo, MI. In addition, over the weekend, Mike helped me re-open the order option on my website,, where you can purchase autographed copies. Thank you to Alamo Depot for allowing me to sell Illegally Innocent at your store and also to Penny at the Otsego Curves, who has let me sell Illegally Innocent at Curves for the past couple of weeks!