About Ruth Ann Nordin

ruth ann nordin
Ruth Ann Nordin

As of December 2013, Ruth Ann Nordin has written 46 books and 2 short stories.  Though she’s written science fiction thrillers, fantasies, and nonfiction, her greatest love is romance.  To date, she has published 34 romances.  She primarily writes historical westerns and Regencies with a few contemporaries.

She started off in 2002 with a vanity press, something she suggests no one does.  Writing is not always a profit-yielding endeavor, so it’s best to keep your costs as low as possible.  Vanity presses are notorious for overcharging with little (if any) benefits.  In late 2008, she discovered CreateSpace and KDP where she could publish her books for little to nothing.  Many thanks to April Hamilton for pointing the way.  Then she started listening to The Creative Penn podcasts and signed up for Joanna Penn’s Author 2.0 Blueprint which took her further down the path of successfully navigating the road of self-publishing.  Today, she is a proud member of the Association of Independent Authors, the Nebraska Writers Guild, and the Heart of America Christian Writers Network.

This blog was created by Stephannie Beman and Ruth Ann Nordin in 2009 to equip the average self-published author with the skills necessary to publish their own books with as little out-of-pocket expense as possible.  The goal is to produce a quality project but to avoid debt in order to do it.  The blog has posts ranging from creating interior book and ebook files to covers to marketing to trends in publishing.

Ruth still has much to learn and she hopes that she can help others as they journey down the self-publishing road.

More information about her books may be found at the following sites:





7 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Ruth – just thought I’d let you know that there is a great, easy-to-understand and VERY helpful ebook for international authors, to do with the tax. I know it can be confusing for a lot of us, and this helped me heaps: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Frontiers-International-Self-Published-Authors-ebook/dp/B00OE2W2EW
    I’m not sure if there is a certain place to put this, but I thought if I let you know, you might be able to put it somewhere to help other authors.

    1. Just saw this comment. 🙂 I’ll watch for a blog post that fits this book and recommend it. Thanks!

    2. In a roundabout way, I felt your recommended book was good for this particular post (https://selfpubauthors.com/2015/05/17/stages-of-writing-post-5-editing/) because at the end I was talking about paying editors and the tax implications involved if paying more than $600 in one calendar year. I just learned of this tax law last December when I talked to my accountant. So in addressing that, I went ahead and passed along the book you pointed me to. If I come across another post that deals with taxes, I’ll probably pass it on again.

      1. Thanks so much, Ruth. Whatever we can do to help each other in this business of indie writing is always valuable.

  2. I love your site. I was looking for a contact me button to email you, but I am not sure where to look. I am looking forward to checking out more of your amazing content. I am starting a podcast (I currently have a solo podcast about affirmations, and will be doing an interview podcast in this upcoming series) about being an author, public speaking, and going after what truly matters to you…and I would love to chat with you and interview you about all your stuff. I hope you are having an amazing day. I would love to start a dialogue, please email me back at chris@strongwithin.com Have an amazing day. 😀

    1. Hi, Chris! I appreciate the offer. I really do. Right now I am swamped with so much work that I don’t have the time. I’m sorry. I appreciate the offer, though. It’s very nice of you to think of me.

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