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December 21, 2015

From indie cookbooks and DIY audiobooks to writers' conferences and distribution strategies, these were PW and BookLife's top self-publishing stories of 2015.

10. Tips for Marketing Self-Published Children's Books
Social media and other online tools have made it easier than ever for authors to connect with readers, but they’ve also made it more difficult for self-published titles to stand out.

9. How to Get Self-Published Books into Stores and Libraries
Indie authors are getting creative—and finding success—in landing self-published books on retail and library shelves.

8. A Recipe for Success: Tips for Self-Publishing Your Cookbook
Three chef-authors and a cooking-website editor offer advice to anyone thinking of self-publishing a cookbook.

7. Not All Hybrid Publishers Are Created Equal
Authors need specialized knowledge of the industry to assess hybrids effectively. Here are some questions to help authors evaluate their publishing options.

6. DIY: How to Self-Publish an Audiobook
Audiobooks can open up new markets and revenue streams for self-published authors—but, as with all things indie, you'll have to put in plenty of time, effort, and money.

5. Forget Fabio: The New Wave of Indie Romance Covers
The rapid rise of self-publishing has increased the competition among indie romance authors to put out covers that fit within the genre and stand out in a crowded market.

4. Why Bestselling Author Warren Ellis Chose to Self-Publish His New Book
Ellis has worked on X-Men, Iron Man, and James Bond franchises, among others, but his most recent hit is a self-published collection of essays.

3. The Myth of The Lazy Writer
The hardest part of getting a book published is the actual writing. All it takes to see this is the number of people who dream of publishing a book but never manage to hammer out a rough draft.

2. Book Fairs and Writers' Conferences in 2015
At these events, indie authors can meet fans, network, make personal connections, and market their work to wider audiences.

1. A Look Ahead to Self-Publishing in 2015
Serialization, hybrid publishing, and other trends in our 2015 self-publishing preview.

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