In this week’s column, I’m looking at self-publishing and what writers need to know about taking this route to publication. With self-publishing you are essentially in control of everything – cover design, editing, formatting, marketing – and it’s not as easy as you might think. The links I’ve chosen today should hopefully explain more about self-publishing and help you identify if this is the right way for you to get your book out into the world. All the links I’ve chosen have been written during 2021, so all the advice is up to date.
- https://www.ingramspark.com/blog/8-tips-for-self-publishing-a-book – 8 Tips for Self-Publishing A Book: This first article is from IngramSpark and provides 8 tips to follow to get your book published. You can watch the video or read the content. The first tips is to get your book edited (this is a must), and it mentions that there are different types of edits you can get. The second tip is about cover design. There’s information on purchasing an ISBN, looking for a book distributor, and marketing your book. There’s isn’t a lot of information on each of these tips but it will give you an idea of the things you need to do.
- https://self-publishingschool.com/how-to-publish-a-book/ – How to Publish a Book in 2021: A Step By Step Guide For First-Timers: This article is from the Self-Publishing School. It’s a long read, but a full guide if your new to self-publishing. There are 13 sections in this guide which includes writing your book, getting feedback, choosing your title, hiring an editor, book cover design, creating a KDP account on Amazon, formatting and uploading your book, pricing your book, forming a launch team, book launch exposure, and celebrating your success. The first section looks at what self-publishing is and you can watch a video on this. This is followed by a video on how to publish a book and this is a step-by-step guide. There’s information on self-publishing vs traditional publishing as well as information on how much it costs to publish a book. All this is followed by an action plan you can take which includes the writing of your book. There are videos and written content for every part of this guide and I highly recommend checking it out.
- https://wnba-books.org/ten-tips-for-aspiring-self-publishing-authors/ – Ten Tips For Aspiring Self-Publishing Authors: This article offers ten tips for those who want to self-publish. It includes tips like giving yourself as much time as you’ll need, start your marketing early, invest in your book, get help, hire professional designers, create community, pay attention to your marketing, building an email list, and more. It’s a good read and worth checking out.
- https://www.masterclass.com/articles/tips-for-getting-your-book-published – Tips for Getting Your Book Published: This article from MasterClass offers 6 tips for getting your book published by a traditional publisher and 5 tips for self-publishing your book. In the self-publishing section the first tips is to prepare yourself for the responsibility of publishing your own book. The second tip mentions print-on-demand. Tips three discusses ebooks. Tip four is about self-printing, and tip five looks at audiobooks. This article covers elements that aren’t included in any of the previous links, so be sure to give it a read.
- https://davidgaughran.com/lets-get-digital-how-to-self-publish-guide-free/ – How to Self-Publish A Book in 10 Steps: If you read just one article on self-publishing, I highly recommend this one from David Gaughran. David’s website is packed full of great information on self-publishing and this 10 step guide is excellent. The first step is to write a book readers want. This section explains writing to market, finding the sweet spot, and standalones and series. Step 2 discusses editing and includes information on hiring a professional, the editorial process, self-editing, beta readers, copyediting, and proofing. Step 3 is all about knowing your niche and how to do your research on Amazon. It also covers branding. Step 4 is all about book covers and it includes information on cost. Step 5 is layout and formatting. Step 6 is on formatting for ebooks. Step 7 discussing pricing. Step 8 is all about metadata which you need to know about. Step 9 is all about distributing your book. Step 10 discusses creating a marketing plan. There’s information on getting reviews and a bonus section on how to build your author platform. There are links to resources and videos that explain more throughout this guide. Be sure to read the comments at the end of the articles as well as there are plenty of little nuggets to be found here too.
- https://blog.reedsy.com/how-to-publish-a-book/ – How to Publish a Book in 2021: 10 Steps to Success: This article is from Reedsy and looks at publishing a book in 2021. The ten steps explained including knowing how you want to publish, editing, feedback, book titles, formatting, cover design, book description or blurb, publishing, and marketing. Everything is explained in detail with some great infographics, examples, and videos you can watch. There’s an excellent video on having a successful book launch and book marketing tips.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all the links this week. There’s a lot to learn and understand when it comes to self-publishing, but if this is the direction you want to take with your book, all the information you need can be found in the links above. It’s not a get rich quick scheme by any means and it is important to remember that you are responsible for everything. If there is a topic you’d like to see me cover, all you need to do is get in touch with me via any of my social media links.
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