Self-Publishing Is Easier Than You Think, Here’s How to Get Started…

27 Sep, 2017 Book Writing,Books and Literature,Desktop Publishing,E-Books

Do you have a story? A story that could profoundly change the lives of others?

I believe everyone has a story, and getting your book into the hands of those who need it most is the greatest legacy you can leave.

Before I became an author, I didn’t know a lot about self-publishing. The biggest misconception I had was that I couldn’t do it all myself. Have you ever felt like this?

Believe it or not, self-publishing is a simple recipe. If you follow the steps, it can be incredibly easy.

Why Self-Publishing?

Take a look at these five reasons why self-publishing is a great idea.

1. Full Control

Authors maintain full control of the book publishing process — you have the final say in editing, content, design, distribution, marketing and so on.

2. Faster Printing

Self-publishing typically gets your book printed and published faster — publishing houses can sometimes take years to get a book on the shelves.

3. Publishing Rights

Self-publishing authors retain full rights and profits from their book. On the other hand, some authors choose to use their book as their business card, and don’t even sell it!

4. You Call the Shots

Authors don’t have to rely on finding a publisher willing to pick up their manuscript — you call the shots!

5. Set the Price

Self-publishing authors set the price for their book.

What to Know Before Self-Publishing

But wait, take a look at these tips before jumping in feet first.

1. Higher Upfront Cost

There is a higher upfront cost, as the author must foot the bill for editing, cover design, binding, printing, marketing, etc. — a traditional publishing house will pay you for the book and cover all the publishing costs. (Roughly 80% of book cost is attributed to production and distribution!)

2. Visibility

While it’s not true for every self-publishing author, you may experience fewer sales and less visibility in your market without the backing of a big publishing house. It all depends on how committed you are to marketing and promoting your book!

3. High-Quality Printers and Designers

Self-publishing authors may miss out on high-quality printers and designers, in comparison to traditional publishers — however, as a self-publisher, it’s still possible to find and utilize top-quality printers and designers.

The Self-Publishing Checklist

When and if you decide to go the self-publishing route, consider the following checklist:

  1. Decide which self-publishing platform to use. Some companies offer pre-order printing or on-demand printing per each book sale.
  2. Design your book cover.
  3. Provide photos, graphics or other images — make sure you have the appropriate rights!
  4. Proofread or self-edit; ask a loved one to review it or hire a professional for heavy editing.
  5. Decide where to sell your book — this depends if you’re offering an eBook, paper form or both. Some authors don’t even sell their books at all but prefer to use it as a marketing tool among colleagues, clients and prospects.
  6. Promote your book, attract readers and engage in lucrative speaking opportunities!

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Self-Publishing Is Easier Than You Think, Here's How to Get Started…
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If you have a story that the world needs to hear, consider self-publishing. It’s easier than you think; in fact, it’s just like a recipe, and here are the steps!
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