This call for submissions is open to any self-published author, including traditionally published authors who are also self-publishing.
How did you find success as a self-published author? The goal of this anthology is to give pre-published writers and authors considering self-publishing the inspiration and advice to help them start on their own path to self-publishing success.
There are many different ways to quantify success, and we are looking for all of them. While we are looking for bestselling self-published authors to submit essays, if your sales are modest but you finally realized your dream of having your story told, then that is its own form of success, and we welcome your submission as well.
Some questions to consider while writing your essay include:
- Why did you choose to self-publish?
- Have you tried publishing traditionally, or are you published traditionally as well? If you are also traditionally published, what are the benefits to self-publishing that drew you to it?
- What sort of process did you put your book through before you published it? Editing, critique groups, beta-readers?
- How much did it cost you to self-publish your book? What did you pay for cover art, for editing, formatting, etcetera? Did you do it all yourself?
- How many books do you sell a day/month/since you started?
- Is your book available for print? How did you go about doing that, and are your books selling better in ebook format or print?
- How important are reviews for you? How do you get reviews for your book(s)?
- What do you think is the future of publishing?
- What’s the most important piece of advice you have for a writer looking to self-publish?
Contributors whose essays are chosen for the anthology will receive a $20 payment plus a free Smashwords coupon to download the anthology upon its release.
The essays will be contracted on a non-exclusive basis, meaning the contributor retains the right to re-publish the essay as he or she pleases. Previously published blog posts or interviews on the subject of self-publishing will also be considered but original material is preferred.
Tell your story in 750 to 2000 words and include a 50 word bio with links to your website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon/B&N/Smashwords pages.
For inquiries: email@example.com
For submissions: submit the essay as a Word doc or rtf and name the file Successful_YourName. Email the attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with Submission in the subject line