Secular Self-Publishing 101

So you want to contribute your talents to the secular community by self-publishing your works? This is great news! There are plenty of opportunities today for budding artists and writers to make a mark and stake a claim. Whether you are working on a new song idea, looking for opportunities to create cover art, or you have already written a book and are looking to self-publish it, Secular Self-Publishing 101 is the best place to start. We recommend reading all 7 modules and familiarizing yourself with the entire process from preparation to marketing and distribution.

Before we get started on the details of publishing your work, let’s take a minute to discuss what types of works qualify as secular.

What qualifies as a secular work?

The word secular is defined as “denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.”

While Secular Press was established to help artists and writers to publish their secular works and this covers humanist, agnostic, atheist, secularist, free-thinker, non-theist, anti-theist, and other secular works, if you are a religious or spiritual person and have written something from a secular perspective, your work also qualifies. Secular Press is a self-publisher for secular works. What qualifies as a secular work is anything written from a secular perspective. This includes solving problems, sharing ideas and opinions, offering criticisms, entertaining, educating, promoting secular groups, and/or enlightening secular readers using non-religious language or imagery. Anyone can create secular works.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get started.

Training Modules

Self-publishing 101 consists of 7 modules, all of which are essential in order to become properly trained and equipped for a successful publication:

  1. Getting Started: Making a plan and starting your mission.
  2. Legal Considerations: Protecting your works and your brand.
  3. Staying Productive: Staying focused and finishing what you started
  4. Finishing Touches: Making sure your final product is ready.
  5. Electronic Distribution: Taking your works to market online.
  6. Traditional Distribution: Taking your works to market on foot.
  7. Marketing: Exploiting every opportunity.

IMPORTANT: Each module covers several areas of knowledge, action, and discipline. We recommend that you do not skip any of the modules.