Self Publishing My Books

In an attempt to describe how I currently self publish my books I wrote this to help someone out and realized it might make a good page here. I self published first in hard copy using a local print shop to color copy my book double-sided and then spiral bind it. Yup, I have the copyright on both my books and 2 copies each are in the Library of Congress! Snail mailing it was a pain and my hunt for a way to self publish digitally began back in 2003 or 2004-ish. I found a way to do it using Corel Draw and because I had a LOT of diagrams that worked for me.

IF you’re going the PDF route I’d do it up in Word and save it as a PDF. OR if you have the $ get a full version of Adobe Acrobat and build it in there with all the features of protection etc. Personally I wrote my book for fun and to share what I know not for profit… that was a side benefit. 😉

There are more options out there to make a e-book secure and work on many platforms such as Kindles etc… in fact I think Amazon has a PDF to Kindle format converter even so you can sell on Amazon.

My other headache after I self published to PDF was delivery of the book. At first it was on CD with the headache still being snail mailing it. I then tried e-mail but back then e-mail accounts did not do large attachments. So I started to look for an automated system for delivery and by buying an MP3 album for my sweetie discovered Payloads. A little bit of research later and Paypal and Payloadz were on their way to shaking hands and running my site for me. That was in 2005 and I spent that summer putting up all my patterns and digital goods for sale. Good thing I did cause I went back to school, had knee surgery, yadda yadda. Basically life hit me like a freight train for 4 years.

It is now 2012 and once again I have converted my site to a simpler method of delivery. I now use WordPress for the website and a plugin called MarketPress Lite. I was able to create a simple spreadsheet, upload everything and *POOF* it runs like a top. I am now focused on moving some posts from the blog to the main site and once more contemplating drafting, sewing and creative technical writing for the site! I also plan to update the drafting books, Crash Course and possibly convert to Kindle & Nook formats soon!

Another update folks, no I do not do any of the above anymore. I have a simple system that lets PayPal digitally deliver a link where the items are downloaded. It’s now 2018 and I’m once more looking at publishing via Kindle but also plan to keep going with the PDF versions. I have long since bundled my patterns to reduce the workload but if anyone wanted just one pattern I am very happy to oblige! Simply let me know and we can get it all setup!

Pattern Writing

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Sue’s Tiny Costumes in partnership with Alaska Office Specialists will now test and write detailed instructions for YOUR design. Your sewn pattern for a doll outfit, bear outfit or other craft. This is a contracted service and fees are based on the item being crafted.

Contact me via the below form with Pattern Instructions Needed in the subject.

What pattern have you had rattling around in your imagination that I can help bring to life?