Self/Indie Publishing

Many of the WordNerds have experience in the self/indie publishing world. To watch all of our videos on self/indie publishing, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific topic with regards to traditional publishing, use the list below or the search bar.

Choosing the Right Publishing Paths

Kellie Sheridan talks about how to choose the best publishing path for you.

Self vs. Traditional Publishing: The Differences

Emma Gisclair talks about the major differences between self and traditional publishing.

Do Agents Like Hybrid Authors?

Meghan Jashinsky talks about whether you can get an agent if you want to self publish and traditionally publish (HINT: YOU CAN).

Why Publishing is Like Fight Club

The first rule of fight club: You don’t talk about fight club. E. Latimer talks about how this kind of relates to publishing.

Publishing Myths 2.0

Emma Gisclair talks about even more publishing world myths.

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Kellie Sheridan talks about the weird animosity that sometimes exists between self and traditional publishing and wonders: why can’t we all just be happy writers who support each other?

Screenplay vs. Manuscript: Getting Your Work Into the World

Meghan Jashinsky talks about the difference between publishing a book and getting your screenplay filmed.

Why Some Authors Self Publish

Kellie Sheridan talks about why an author might choose to self publish their book.

Why I LOVE Self Publishing

Erica Crouch talks about her passion for self publishing.

Working with a Cover Designer

Kellie Sheridan talks about one of the most exciting parts of self publishing–working with a cover designer.

Cover Design Tutorial

Erica Crouch shows how she uses Adobe Photoshop to design her own covers.

Interior Formatting

Erica Crouch talks about formatting the pages of your book for publication.

Proofing Your Book

Erica Crouch talks about proofing your book (taking one last look at it before it is officially published).

Audiobooks with ACX

Erica Crouch talks about recording audiobooks of your novels.

Another Ridiculous Article

E. Latimer talks about the ridiculousness of people trying to tell other authors that their methods of publishing–self, traditional, or something else–are not the correct choice.

Kellie’s Self Publishing Journey

Kellie Sheridan talks about her journey down the self publishing path!

Feast Your Ears on This!

Desiraye Williams shares her two favorite podcasts on self-publishing.

Three Things About Self-Publishing

Kellie sheridan shares three of her favorite aspects of being a self-published/indie author.

Pro Writing Aid

Meghan Jashinsky talks about ProWritingAid, a great line editing program that she’s being trying out during Pitch Wars!


RJ Infantino–author of COLLAPSE, book 1 in the ASHWOOD LIES series–talks about the Kindle Scout program and how it helps promote indie authors.

Talkin’ Twitter with Jennifer Johnson-Blalock

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock–literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates–shares a few ways to make sure you’re getting the most out of your Twitter experience.

7 Honest Questions to Ask Pre-Publishing

Rachel Sargeant shares seven questions that you should ask yourself before deciding to publish your book.

Be Prepared

Emma Gisclair talks about three ways you can prepare for publishing no matter what your stage in the writing process.

Books (and Podcasts) for Learning About Self-Publishing

Kellie Sheridan has some recommendations for those interested in self publishing, but who aren’t sure where to start.

Trends in Publishing

Rachel Sargeant talks about publishing trends and whether or not you should write to trends.

A Self-Publishing Pledge

Kellie Sheridan talks about the importance of self publishing, and recommits to sharing indie pubbing info whenever she can.

Publishing Myths 3.0

Emma Gisclair talks about myths regarding publishing trends. Should you write to trends? Are diversity and/or young adult in general trends? (HINT: NO.)

Self-Publishing Basics

Kellie Sheridan gives a quick rundown of what’s involved in self-publishing your own book!

Read Indie YA Books!

Kellie Sheridan shares some must-read indie published YA books.


E. Latimer talks about the songs she listens to to get pumped despite rejections.

Researching Other Authors

Kellie Sheridan encourages you to ask yourself what author you’d most like your career to imitate as your author life “grows up.” Use that to fuel your research!


In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about some of the hard, specific truths about the publishing world, and answer your publishing related questions.

Free Writing Email Subscriptions

Rachel Sargeant shares a couple of writing subscriptions that can send you writing advice and info about paid writing opportunities.

Dream Big, Plan Practical

Emma Gisclair talks about the importance of setting big goals for yourself, but also being practical when it comes to $$$.

Other People’s Opinions

Emma Gisclair talks about navigating other people’s opinions when you go public with your desire to be a writer.

Write to Market

Kellie Sheridan talks about writing to trends from an indie publishing lens. While it isn’t encouraged for those going the traditional route, it can be a great thing for those in the self publishing world!