Everybody Hates Self Publishing

A Podcast for People Who Publish Their Own Work

If you’re trying to produce and publish your own work, you’ll get a lot of advice — most of it from companies who want to sell you a tool to “make it easy.” The fact is, self publishing is tough. And even though it’s called “self” publishing, you won’t be able to do it alone. In this podcast, designed to walk you through the self publishing journey, Carrie Rollwagen, author of the Localist book, interviews the experts who helped her bring her book to life.

Everybody Hates Self Publishing

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About Everybody Hates Self Publishing


Self publishing advice from someone who’s been there.

Hi, I’m Carrie Rollwagen, and I published the book The Localist in 2015. Since then, lots of aspiring authors have asked me if they, too, should jump into the world of self-publishing. The truth is, self-publishing is difficult, and it has a lot of haters (the traditional publishing industry, for one). But it can also be incredible and fulfilling.

Hear from the experts who can help a self publisher succeed.

So I wanted to talk about all of it — the good, the bad and the ugly of creating and producing your own work. My podcast, Everybody Hates Self-Publishing, launched in May 2017 — listen on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts — or listen online by clicking on any of the episodes listed above.

About Carrie

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Carrie Rollwagen

Carrie self-published the Localist book through Ingram Spark’s publishing program, and she funded it through Kickstarter. She’s a former bookseller and bookstore owner and has been a working copywriter for over a decade.

The Localist Reviews

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Writers who want to publish should listen. I love all things books and writing process. If you want to be a writer, then write. If you want to publish and be read, then listen to this podcast for professional advice.

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Great content from a knowledgeable and engaging host. If you have an interest is publishing your work, whether it be a book, film, or other art medium, this is the podcast for you. Carrie’s experiences in the writing and publishing world, along with her kind and engaging spirit, make her the perfect host. She and her guests share both the good and bad sides of self-publishing, without any sort of agenda other than to be honest and helpful. Carrie is also clearly an experienced podcaster, so the audio quality is on point and the content clearly conveyed. Can’t wait to hear more!

anna jerkball
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Self publishing experience not required – I don’t aspire to self-publish, but I’ve heard all the pitches about how it’s so easy. I’m finding Carrie’s take on the various aspects of self-publishing to be candid and refreshing. No sales pitches here – just a little tough love with a great sense of humor.

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Approachable & Easy Listening — Carrie has such an approachable way of educating you about the subject. She is easy to listen to and very honest about everything. Carrie has a way of keeping you entertained through her wit and conversational tone while still delivering a lot of information. This girl knows your stuff and packages it in a fun and lighter way you will enjoy!

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Informative and engaging: This is a great look at publishing, bookselling, writing, and more. If you think there is a book inside you and aren’t sure how to get it to the world, this is for you. If you are a book industry junkie and want to know more, this is for you. If you truly hate self-published authors and enjoy hearing about people struggling, this is for you (well, maybe not, but give it a listen and see!). Carrie is knowledgable and funny and knows her stuff.

Sisa Munoz
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Excellent! Carrie is smart, has amazing book experience, and has gathered together a fun and capable team of contributors. This is an easy listen and so inspiring. Go out there and make your author dreams come true, people!

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Spot on!

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