Interview on Vancouver Co-op Radio

I was interviewed yesterday on Writing Life, on Vancouver’s Co-op Radio, 100.5 FM. We covered some of the basics of self-publishing, as well as marketing and international publishing. You can listen here or download here.  

Third edition of The Global Indie Author now available in Canada

Well, after much trial and tribulation, the third edition of The Global Indie Author is out now in Canada. Readers can find it on Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.ca. By the way, that “Usually delivers in 3-5 weeks” declaration on the Amazon.ca website is nonsense; the book delivers in less than a week. The extended delivery time is just part of Amazon/CreateSpace’s strategy against competitor Lightning Source, which, incidentally, is covered in detail in the book. If you want to avoid supporting Amazon, buy from the Chapters/Indigo website, where the book is Read More …

Third Edition of The Global Indie Author is now available in U.S. and Europe

The third edition of The Global Indie Author is out now in print on Amazon U.S., UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. All other territories coming soon! eBooks are also on the way. As mentioned in my previous post, the third edition features a new cover, new subtitle — to reflect the truly global phenomenon that self-publishing has become — and a great deal of new content (over 80 pages). The technical chapters have been completely overhauled to deal with the complexities of image handling, the increasing frustrations of font Read More …

TGIA readers successfully self-publish

Congratulations to Tellulah Darling on the self-publication of her first novel, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls. Tellulah was a student of my self-publishing class at Capilano University and a reader of The Global Indie Author. If you like YA books this one is really well-written. Also a belated congratulations to another reader, Van Clayton Powel, on the successful publication of his first book, You Are NOT What You Eat (Better Digestive Help in 7 Simple Steps). With digestive problems so endemic in our culture, Powel’s book has been Read More …

The Global Indie Author, 2nd Edition chosen for promotion at Self-Publishing Book Expo, NY

I am pleased to announce that the 2nd edition of The Global Indie Author, published this month, has been selected by Kobo for promotion at the Self-Publishing Book Expo in New York on October 27th. Visitors to the Kobo booth will receive a coupon for 50% off the book. If you’re going to the expo make sure you stop by the Kobo booth for this and other great deals! And with Baby Jane holding its own at #21 in its category on Kobo — in company with the likes of Ian Read More …

TGIA earns more 5-star reviews

Over the past month The Global Indie Author has been kindly rewarded with four new 5-star reviews, one on Amazon.ca, two on Amazon.com, and one on the reader site Goodreads. Highlights include: “The good news is that by reading Demers’ book you can avoid a TON of regrets that could haunt you for years.” “M. A. Demers’ book is the authoritative guide to self-publishing.” “Best of Breed … I am already recommending this to my clients.” “I have read many books about self-publishing in the past few years and have Read More …

Why writers and artists should reconsider their patronage of Starbucks and Caffè Artigiano

Starbucks and Caffè Artigiano: ubiquitous in Vancouver and two favourites among the many writers and artists I know. Yet that love and support is not reciprocated. Historically, cafés have been the place where writers, artists, and revolutionary thinkers have gathered, where ideas have been born and nurtured, fuelled by passion and caffeine in equal measure. The café’s role as a creative cauldron is so pervasive that it is set in the popular imagination. Considering this symbiotic relationship, then, why is it that neither Starbucks nor Caffè Artigiano support local artists? Read More …