Five blogs any self-publisher should follow

printing_pressWhen I decided to self-publish my first novel in January 2011, I knew nothing about the book industry, about marketing, about promoting my work. I didn’t have a blog or a Twitter account or even a Facebook fan page. Also, even if we’re talking about 2 years ago, the whole self-publishing gig was still young, yet yo achieve the popularity it now holds among readers.

In the next months I tried to learn as much as possible about self-publishing, especially by following the blogs of those who were doing better than I was, or those who simply appeared to know what they were doing, because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.

Probably the one blog any person who wants to self-publish is J.A. Konrath’s. Some say he’s the guru of indie writers; I’d say he’s probably the writer who best understands the business side of self-publishing. He knows how to promote and market his books, how to get readers interested, and he’s also one of ardent believer in the fact that going indie is the best way to go in this new era… [read more on]


34 comments on “Five blogs any self-publisher should follow

  1. alesiablogs says:

    I have so much to learn and not enough hours in the day! Thank you for the info. I look forward to cking out these blogs and learning how I can enhance my own blog and make it fresh and exciting for my readers…Alesia

  2. Great post. Keep up the good work and Happy New Year!

  3. Judy says:

    Alesia, I truly understand where you are coming from. I'm there with you. But it's fun for sure. I'm glad I am indie-pubbed But this marketing yikes overwhelmed here.

  4. Thank you so much for this post Cristian. I fnally found a publishing home, but they are choppy waters to navigate and I'm definitely still learning. I am so hapyy you got the Irevuo project going. Best of luck.

  5. karmicangel says:

    This is awesome, thanks!

  6. Yoshiko says:

    Thank you for sharing.

  7. NMguiniling says:

    Konrath's New Years' resolutions are gold. I want to frame them and put them on my wall.

  8. lmicheles says:

    A lovely picture. How did you come upon it?

  9. icelandpenny says:

    Thoughtful, information-dense narrative, as always — plus another wonderful visual! Congratulations on making such good combinations of the two

  10. I so enjoy reading your blog. Blwyddyn Newydd Dda :)

  11. ajcull says:

    Your experience and advice on self publishing is a huge encouragement.

    We recently listed our home for sale by owner for the same reasons I want to self publish. The response from consumers seems to agree. People are realizing they don't need "experts" to tell them what something is worth and take more than their share of the profits. I can't wait to read the indie blog you recommended and your published work.

  12. Great post, thanks for sharing the info and experience with the world. Some of us noobs are not quite sure as how to navigate the difficulties of writing and "self-publishing."

  13. Jambo says:

    I have found this very useful and inspiring. Thank you very much for the time taken to put this together. All the very best for 2013.

  14. Thanks, I added all those blog address to my favorites bar, and I will be reading those blogs. That's part of my bloging resolutions–to read more blogs on self publishing. That's very generous of you to share them.

  15. […] should.  I downloaded the kindle version of the book after reading a post on self-publishing by Cristian Mihai, and I have found it to be fascinating.  It is filled with interesting information on the […]

  16. studio6464 says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Cristian knows…

  17. leamuse says:

    It is kind of you to share the information! Merci beaucoup!

  18. simonhamer says:

    Reblogged this on Simon Hamer and commented:
    Another "How to" for budding authors and writers

  19. Timely, helpful, practical advice and certainly much needed! Thanks for posting.

  20. katdiese says:

    This is brilliant! It takes a brave person to follow their dreams independently, it is much easier to give up and look for an easier alternative. Wonderful advice.

  21. msbrooklyn4u says:

    This read was inspiring and helpful, I am looking forward to reading more posts.

  22. Thanks for sharing this info!

  23. micable says:

    Great post…thumbs up!

  24. authordabney says:

    I feel the same. But this learning and not having enough time is all very exciting, don't you think?

  25. Great information. Thank you. RR

  26. judehayland says:

    Will certainly follow this – useful information for the novice indie publisher – thanks!

  27. Brett says:

    Thanks for the resources!

  28. Hi Cristian, nice to hear from you again – thank you for this valuable heads up. It's a jungle out there!!!

  29. Rawclyde! says:

    Mr. Mihai, don’t ever go away…

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