Here are the basic steps of self-publishing a book. This blog will explore each of the topics more in depth and teach you how to self-publish a book, so stay tuned for future posts!
But in a nutshell, here are the steps to self-publish a book:
- Write a GOOD Book. You would think this goes without saying, but if you don’t start this process with a quality product, there’s no use in marketing it. You get one shot to make a first impression on the publishing world, so make it good!
- Self-Edit your Book. Before you do anything else (query, send to an editor, etc.), you’re going to need a few drafts of your manuscript. You want to self-edit your work until it shines before you move on to the next step. I write a lot about this process in the free book you can get for subscribing to get all these Tips & Tricks straight to your inbox. Get HOW TO WRITE FICTION now!
- Decide if Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing is Right for You. You must decide early on which publishing route you want to take. While this blog will concentrate on self-publishing, I do not think it’s right for everyone. I’m also a firm believer in hybrid authors who both self-publish and traditionally publish. Most major publishers champion this publishing plan as well, so consider carefully how you want to publish each manuscript. Once you self-publish in any medium, your traditional publication chances for that manuscript diminish. Choose carefully.
WE’RE GOING TO ASSUME YOU’RE CHOOSING SELF-PUBLISHING
- Hire an Editor. Self-publishing isn’t cheap, and one of your biggest costs is going to be hiring a professional editor. PLEASE HIRE AN EDITOR. There are over 4 Million books on Amazon alone, so your book needs to stand out. Reviews sell your books and the easy way to get terrible reviews is not having an editor. Authors are too close to their work (I’m talking to me too!), and it’s too hard for us to see how we can make a manuscript better. That’s the job of a good editor. HIRE AN EDITOR.
- Get a Professional Book Cover. You can write the best book in the world, but without an eye-catching book cover, no one will ever read it. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. It can make the difference between selling 17 copies of your book and selling 17,000 copies of it. I recommend Lucy at www.rendercompose.com. (That’s not an affiliate link either. I get zero commission. She’s just that good. And she’s affordable. Tell her I sent you and she’ll hook you up.)
- Create Your eBook. Never fear, I’m going to teach you how to create an eBook in a step-by-step lesson very soon. Be on the lookout for How to Create an Ebook. (PS. I’m going to teach you how to do it in Scrivener…which you need to have if you don’t already!)
- Create Your Paperback. This is optional, but I like paperbacks and I sell a lot of them. I’ll teach you how to do this also (using Scrivener!) in a lesson called How to Create a Paperback Book.
- Publish Your Book to Amazon. More on this later…
- Decide if You Want to Enroll in Kindle Unlimited. Amazon has a nifty online library called Kindle Unlimited. This is a decision you’ll have to make for your book. I’ll discuss the pros and cons of Kindle Unlimited more later, but the biggest consideration is if you want to be in Kindle Unlimited, you must sell your eBook exclusively with Amazon. WE’RE GOING TO ASSUME YOU’RE CHOOSING TO SELL ON ALL RETAILERS
- Publish Your Book to all other retailers. Amazon is the biggest retailer, but there are plenty of other smaller retailers as well. Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo are just a few. We’ll talk more about this process later.
- Market your Book. No one will ever buy your book if they can’t find it. Marketing is essential to getting readers to find your work!
Like I said at the beginning, this is a short overview of what the process of publishing a book is like. We’ll be discussing all of these steps in depth very soon, so stay tuned!