Newbie’s Guide to Self-Publishing

Debra Blaine, MD, a multiple-time published author, overview of publishing options with their pros and cons, and an in-depth look at how easy it is to self-publish your book.

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So many physicians have published books. Whether as promotions for their side gigs, guides to their patients for specific treatment modalities, or simply for the joy of writing and expressing their passion in a creative way to offer catharsis and escape from burnout. And even more have thought about writing or have a manuscript sitting on their laptop but feel stalled in the process of getting it out to the public.

This lecture is to give power to the author-physician–or to anyone with a story to share. We will begin with an overview of the three publishing methods available to writers: traditional, hybrid, and self-publishing, and we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each. This will include the expected costs, timeline, and royalties of each option.

Next we will explore the steps an author takes to publish their manuscript themselves. For the novice, it can seem a daunting process, but once broken down into simple steps, it is simple and offers many rewards.

At the conclusion, viewers should have a solid idea of which avenues they wish to pursue and what steps they would need to take.

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