Facts and Fiction About Self-Publishing and How to DIY

The self-publishing process revealed in easy steps: how to create a high-quality book and optimize your monetization. Presented by Debra E. Blaine, MD, CMT.


(This lecture is part of our Writers Conference For Healthcare Professionals)

Target Audience: This lecture is for authors who want to keep control of their titles and maximize their royalties. It’s also for those who don’t want to wait years to get their book babies out there into the world.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Why you’ll benefit from doing it yourself
  2. Simple checklist of what you need to produce a quality product
  3. Common mistakes self-publishers make
  4. The purpose of your cover and how to choose one
  5. How to write a back-cover blurb (think like a reader, not like a writer)
  6. Bypassing so-called “self-publishing services” and formatting your manuscript yourself
  7. Using backmatter to your advantage
  8. How to calculate your royalties

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Debra E Blaine, MD

Debra E. Blaine, MD, CMT

Debra Blaine, MD, CMT is a physician turned full-time writer. She’s penned multiple award-winning thrillers, coached authors (and burned-out docs) as a Certified Master Trainer Coach, and has found her joy as a freelance writer for pets. Learning to self-publish was a turning point in her writing career. After 33 years of medical practice, she understands what it takes to shift the needle and forge a whole new identity. She’s always happy to talk to novelists and disenchanted physicians. Life is too short to slog away in misery 8 – 12 hours a day.

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