February 6, 2023
Chicago 12, Melborne City, USA
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The 4 Biggest Self-Publishing Mistakes I Made With My Debut Novel



Three self-published books in and I’m still screwing up. At least I’m making different mistakes? πŸ˜…

// JUMP TO
0:00 Debut novel regrets
0:08 Big Mistake 1
0:51 Big Mistake 2
1:49 Big Mistake 3
2:51 Big Mistake 4

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// WHAT TO WATCH NEXT
If you enjoyed this video, I think you’ll enjoy these other videos:
New self-published author mistakes β†’ https://youtu.be/PtvhsxgEM8I
Amazon’s secret plan and why it’s bad news β†’ https://youtu.be/FRdUkz3s3Rk
My review of David Gaughran’s Let’s Get Digital β†’ https://youtu.be/sGyrO42tgTo

// REFERENCES
Self-publishing advice from Ryan Cahill
1. SelfPublishedFantasyMonth guest post β†’ https://www.selfpublishedfantasymonth.com/things-i-wish-i-knew-when-i-started-self-publishing-by-ryan-cahill/
2. @libraryofaviking’s interview β†’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUi5yoV25ZA

Free promo opportunities for new fantasy authors:
1. Rob J Haye’s monthly self-published fantasy releases (Aug 2022 page, new link every month) β†’ https://www.robjhayes.co.uk/self-published-fantasy-releases-august-2022/
2. r/fantasy collection of upcoming sci-fi/fantasy new releases β†’ https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/collection/14c870c3-3b31-49f8-955d-6ad5f8488228/
3. r/fantasy Resident Authors Book Club β†’ https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/search/?q=title%3ARAB&restrict_sr=1&sort=new
4. Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, run by Mark Lawrence β†’ https://mark—lawrence.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-official-self-published-fantasy.html

ARC platforms (paid):
Netgalley β†’ netgalley.com/
BookSprout β†’ https://booksprout.co/
Book Sirens β†’ https://booksirens.com/

Other promo platforms (paid)
StoryOrigin β†’ https://storyoriginapp.com/

// RESOURCES
A NaNoWriMo word count goal calculator:
β†’ https://bit.ly/nanowordcountgoalcalculator

A simple word count progress tracker:
β†’ https://bit.ly/2U1601w

// DAILY WRITING LIVESTREAMS!
120 min long sprints of pure productivity. Come join me in getting words on the page. Check out my channel page for the next livestream: β†’ https://www.youtube.com/c/PaperTigerProductions and make sure you hit “Set reminder” to get an alert when I go live.

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/deborahlau

// CHECK OUT
My Cantonese/English bilingual rhyming picture story books for kids aged 2-6:
Today is my Birthday! β†’ https://books2read.com/todayismybirthday
Cycling in Spring β†’ https://books2read.com/cyclinginspring

My debut epic fantasy novel:
Petition (Resonance Crystal Legacy, Book 1) β†’ https://books2read.com/petition

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