PG receives a lot of email through the Contact page of this blog. Often these are tips for possible blog posts, for which he is grateful. Sometimes he receives questions that he doesn’t have time to answer on an individual basis because he has a business and a life outside of TPV and would like to maintain both in good condition.
Earlier today, PG received the following email. Initially, his impulse was to reply that he was sorry, but he didn’t have time to respond in the required detail.
Then, he decided that he would try crowd-sourcing an answer that might be of benefit not just to this correspondent but to other visitors to the blog.
I am also an ex-engineer and IP attorney, though now retired. I have retired to Thailand because my previous business and career decisions had put my retirement funds at just a few points below the poverty level.
Since coming here, I have managed to get my affairs settled to some degree, and have made the decision to finally get up off my ass and write, which is what I truly enjoy. As a rookie, I obtained all the seemingly obligatory and mostly contradictory guides to blogs, indie publishing and social networking. I also stumbled upon the newly coined term “estributor”.
Now that my confusion is complete, I have found myself at your site, or blog or whatever it should be called. I have a simple request: Is there anyway of cutting through all the clutter and getting information about blogging and self-publishing that would be suited for a neophyte?
So, what are the basics that a newbie to self-publishing should know? What are the best practices? What are the most common mistakes?