Self-Publishing for Genealogists and Genealogy Societies

Self-Publishing for Genealogists

Summary Details

Length: 60 minutes

Summary: Advances in recent technology have made it possible to no longer be tied to a publishing house or printer for your next genealogy book. Self-publishing puts control over the entire process in the hands of the genealogist and the genealogical society to reach a wider audience at a reasonable price. There are many benefits to self-publishing but you should know the difference between digital and print and what your audience wants.

Description: Learn the ins and outs of the self-publishing world including vendors and providers, the self-publishing process and even how to format your printed work for e-book selling. Both genealogists and genealogical societies can benefit greatly from the “print on demand” methodology which is revolutionizing the publishing world.

Audience Level: Beginner

Requirements: Projection for laptop/netbook computer on large screen; internet connection – wired or wireless (preferred in order to show live interaction using self-publishing tools).

Content: 4 page handout


  • The Self-Publishing Process
  • Self-Publishing vs. Conventional Publishing
  • Benefits of Self-Publishing
  • Self-Publishing Vendors and Providers
  • E-books – Getting In on the Action
  • Digital vs. Print – Knowing Your Audience
  • Glossary
  • Resource List

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee


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