Steps I Took To Self-Publish My Book + An Important Announcement about Wording Well)

Last Updated on: July 15th, 2017

Ebook Cover - Risky Issues by Lorraine Reguly

If you have not yet self-published a book but want to, there are certain steps you could take to do so. Most new authors do things haphazardly, however, because they are uninformed of what to do first.

Sometimes you have to learn the hard way. Other times, you can listen to someone who has self-published a book and has “been there, done that.”

Self-publishing my book took me a long time only because I procrastinated a lot. In actuality, I could have gotten that darn thing out there a lot sooner than I did. (And yes, I know I shouldn’t call my book “that darn thing” but it’s my book, and I can call it whatever I want!) 😀

Steps I Followed to self-publish (which you should, too)

Here are the steps I followed to self-publish my book.

This link will bring you to my author site… which brings me to my announcement.

An Important Announcement about the future of Wording Well

Dear Reader, I really enjoyed my vacation, and it’s good to be back. 🙂 The time off from blogging allowed me to figure out a few things that have been weighing on my mind.
I have decided that I’m going to refrain from posting information about self-publishing on Wording Well and am going to post it on Lorraine Reguly: Laying It Out There instead. I’m also going to be posting all future book reviews on my author site as well.

I want Wording Well to focus on offering freelancing tips, writing tips, and blogging tips.

I want my author website to offer book reviews, and tips on self-publishing, and personal stories about me (something previously found on Lorraine Reguly’s Life – the name of this blog before it became Wording Well – but which are still found here on Wording Well, in the archives).

I also need to focus more on my freelance writing and editing business. It’s time that I make these important changes now, especially since my Amazon Author Central page is linked to the blog on my author website. (This page also displays my latest Tweet!)

Originally, when I started blogging, I had no direction. I was still learning what blogging was all about. Granted, I know there are still things to learn (there always is!), but I’ve come a long way since my early blogging days, as I’m now earning money from writing and editing (which I love). 🙂

It’s going to take some time to get both Wording Well and Lorraine Reguly: Laying It Out There to a point where they are clearly defined and where I want these sites to be, but I know that I can do it. I have diligence. 🙂 Juggling more than one blog is tough, but I know it will get easier with time.

Many bloggers have multiple blogs, depending on their niche.

Although both of my sites pertain to writing, their niches are actually very different (or they will be, soon)!  Wording Well is going to have an emphasis on freelancing and blogging, with the niche for Lorraine Reguly: Laying It Out There having an emphasis on books (whether they are written by me or not!), book reviews, and self-publishing (and all that self-publishing entails, which is a lot).

Furthermore, I’m writing posts about different blogging tips for Dear Blogger at a rate of one per month. I strongly urge you to read them. Often, they begin as posts I’d publish here! However, because I get paid to guest post there, and have a contract to produce posts at this rate, I am not going to publish them here when I can make money publishing them there! (You would do the same thing, if you were me.) But because I know all of you don’t follow that blog,  I generally try to write two posts dealing with the same issue, and with my post on Wording Well linking to my posts on Dear Blogger, because the post on Dear Blogger offers more information. It has to; Greg doesn’t pay me for nothing! 😉

What this all means for you

Depending on your particular interests, you might have to follow both of my sites! You might want to follow one or the other. That choice is yours. I can’t make you do something you don’t want to do. What I will promise you is that, regardless of when and where I post, I will be completely forthright, honest, and provide you with as much information as I can, in a clear manner.

Also, if one post relates to another, I will link to it. I don’t want you to miss out on important info!


An Invitation for you

Now that I’ve explained what my new site will contain, and when I will be posting things there, I’d like to invite you to visit and follow my new author site, Lorraine Reguly: Laying It Out There. You might even want to sign up for my author newsletter. 🙂

And please do me a favour and share this post. It’s best if we’re all on the same page. Pun intended. 😉

Thank you.


12 thoughts on “Steps I Took To Self-Publish My Book + An Important Announcement about Wording Well)

  1. says

    Lorraine- As they say you have come a long way baby. I remember what your old blog site looked like and the improvement is wonderful. Good luck with all your blog sites. It just takes time to get it right and I will say you are on the right track. Keep up the good work.

    • says

      Thanks, Arleen! I have indeed come a long way during the time we’ve known one another. I can’t argue with that!
      I appreciate your vote of confidence, too. It’s a lot of work, but worth it. 🙂

  2. says

    I have thought about self publishing, freelance writing, and I am writing a blog. It was a dream of mine and so are the others. I have a free WordPress blog now and am considering starting a new one for travel blogging, but when I started I didn’t really know where I was going with my writing journey. It is difficult making those decisions and transitions. I will be reading and good luck.

    • says

      Kerry, I’m happy to hear you’re getting into blogging. It’s so much fun! 🙂

      I wish you much success with whatever you decide to do. Keep reading for some freelance tips, too. In September, I will be starting a series that features freelancers and some of their best tips, and you don’t want to miss that!

  3. Hi Lorraine,

    Congrats for publishing your own book.:)

    There are many efforts which are needed to publish your own book. It’s amazing to know about this.

    It’s good to know that you have decided to write about freelancing and blogging. These are the most readable topics now a days.

    People are curious to know about these tips.

    Great post indeed.:)

    Have an awesome weekend.


    • says

      Ravi, I think it’s important to help others and share knowledge about all of these topics.

      I appreciate your comment, and wish you an awesome week!

      Have you ever thought of publishing your own book?

  4. Carl says

    I’ll be very interested to see your tips that you plan on posting in the future. Always in need of helpful information from people like you:)

    Thanks again for a great post!

  5. Jeannette Paladino says

    Lorraine — good luck with both your blogs. You’ll figure it out and the time you took off probably did a lot to declutter your mind. Something I should probably do, too!

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