Always Be Publishing is a free nuts-and-bolts guide to being an independent self-publishing writer.

In 2014, after fifteen years of writing short stories and shopping around my first novel, I decided to jump in with both feet and try this new phenomena called self-publishing: e-books, print-on-demand, Kindle, Apple iBook…the whole shebang.

Seven years later, I have six self-published novels (with one more on the way), a running series, a novella, and a short story collection. I even get the occasional email from readers I’ve never met asking, “Hey, when’s the next book coming out?”

Seven years ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed of offering advice to anyone about self-publishing, other than a You might look into it. Today, I feel more confident about what I know and what I don’t know. And, I’ve learned a good deal from the mistakes I made on the way.

That’s why I started Always Be Publishing. It’s for:

  • people interested in the self-publishing revolution, but don’t know where to start,

  • writers already self-publishing and seeking perspectives on how to grow their readership,

  • and writers looking for encouragement to keep writing and not give up.

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— Jim


Jim Nelson
Independent fiction writer behind the "Always Be Publishing" Substack.