How To Self-Publish – The Ultimate Pigeonhole Guide

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The first literary agent J K Rowling sent Harry Potter to rejected it with a slip of paper that said, 'My list is full. The folder you sent wouldn't fit in the envelope.' Photo: The Telegraph

At The Pigeonhole, we know that among you readers are some writers, and that among you writers, some are either already playing the self-publishing game or giving it some serious thought.

So, because we want this blog to be as useful as it is thoughtful, here we present the ultimate guide to self-publishing. 

Each chapter contains several links to hand-picked blog posts that offer encouragement in the creative process, tips for building your presence as an author and the best available knowledge to take you all the way through to the launch of your book.

This will be a live resource, updated whenever we see something fresh and insightful, so bookmark this page. If you find this useful, please share it with your writing friends.

How To Self-Publish – The Ultimate Guide

The Creative Process

You’ve taken the plunge, but the road is bumpy, with wild volatility in daily word counts. You’re not alone. Check in on these links for solace and inspiration.

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Just tweet us with ‘Self-Publishing Chapter 1’ and provide a link.

Building an Author Platform

As the saying goes, an author without a website is like a pigeon without a dove. You need a little corner of the internet to call your own. Make it beautiful (and functional).

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Just tweet us with ‘Self-Publishing Chapter 2’ and provide a link.


 Marketing

You’ve written your book, commissioned a beautiful cover and you’re ready to take the world by storm. Left the marketing bit until now? It’s too late, friend. Self-publishing essentially inverts the traditional model – writers have to get people interested in the book as they write it and before they publish. Building relationships and a sense of community with readers can ensure long-term success as an author.

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The Big Day – Your Book Launch

Our founder Jacob Cockcroft says that “terrible book launch parties” gave him the idea for The Pigeonhole. “I’ve always thought that there must be a much more exciting way to launch a book – and, more importantly, to build a global audience.” There is.

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Just tweet us with ‘Self-Publishing Chapter 4’ and provide a link.

Self-Publishing Case Studies

Here are some field reports from writers who have gone from start to finish. We’d love to read hear from anyone else who’s documented their own journey – please email paul@thepigeonhole.com.

Bonus Chapter: More Self-Publishing Tips

These tips don’t fit into any of the categories above, but we couldn’t leave them out.

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