Over the past few years, self-publishing contracts have become an ideal choice for authors to get their ideas into the world. And why not? These types of contracts are easy to get, give more benefits, and writers don’t have to deal with right-related issues that we usually see in conventional contracts. Additionally, self-publishing is a pocket-friendly way to share your ideas with a broad audience.
If you’re looking to self-publish a book, but don’t know how to get started, read this post till the end. We will walk you through all the steps to self publish a book.
Step 1: Writing & Editing
Quality writing takes a lot of time and effort. Depending on how many pages you want to write, you may have to spend anywhere from 4 to 8 hours a day for months.
Some writers find themselves more productive in the morning while others at night. Find out what time of day suits you best. Make sure you read what you are writing precisely. Also, pay special attention to punctuation and capitalization and adhere to a chronological storyline.
Once you’re done with the writing part, it’s time for editing. No book is perfect, but professional editing helps you refine your ideas and eliminate most weaknesses within your writing. Invest in a professional editor who can give you an honest review of your work.
You can self-edit your book, but as you’re too close to the material, you might miss small typos and errors in characterization and plot.
Before you publish your book, give it proper revisions. Check for spelling and grammar mistakes and consistency in writing.
Step 2: Format Your Book
It is essential to format your book for the platform where you want to publish it. Depending on the platform you choose to publish on, you will need to convert your docs to formats like .mobi or .ePub. You can use Calibre to convert your docs to different formats.
Step 3: Get A Professional Book Cover
A lot of new authors don’t realize, but the cover is an essential part of a book. Even though there is a saying that “don’t judge a book by its cover,” people still do. After all, it creates the first impression on prospective buyers. As hundreds of new books are being launched in the market every day, you must get a professional cover for your book to capture the attention of readers.
Here are some tips for designing an attention-grabbing book cover:
- If you have no idea of how to create a book cover, consider hiring an experienced designer. A professional designer can give you a lot of suggestions about the choice of fonts, images, and colors.
- Ask your designer to read your book. It will help him/her design a unique cover for your book.
- Look for some design inspirations on Pinterest.
- Select the accurate dimensions for your book cover. If you’re going to publish it on an online platform, check with cover size recommendations in advance. Different self-publishing book sites have different suggestions for cover size. For example, Amazon Kindle Direct publishing recommends 2,560 X 1600 pixels and ration of 1.6:1.
Step 4: Copyright Your Book
Once you’re done with editing & formatting, it’s time to copyright your book. Copyright protects your intellectual property against plagiarism and acts as legal evidence of ownership. Although as soon as your book is published, it’s copyrighted, you must add an extra layer of protection by getting a copyright for your book.
Step 5: Get an ISBN
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a 10 or 13- digit number that gives a unique identity to your book and is recognized all over the world. This number helps booksellers and librarians to find, catalog, and order a book. You can buy an ISBN on your own or with the help of print-on-demand companies. To get full control over your book, it is advisable to buy it yourself. If you want to print and sell your book exclusively online, you won’t need an ISBN.
Step 6: Get Some Professional Reviews
If you want your book to become a known quantity, you must gather some professional reviews for your book. These reviews will appear on the back cover of your publication or on your retailer’s website.
Good reviews are vital to your book. They help readers get familiar with what a book is about. Look for reviewers who match the genre of your book. Remember, asking reviewers to review your book benefits them too. It allows them to establish themselves as an authority on the genre.
Step 7: Look for A Printer
Roam around your market and get quotes. Price may vary depending on the quality of the paper, colors, and binding. Remember, the more copies you will get printed, the lower the price will be.
If you want to publish your book as an E-book only, Kindle Direct Publishing can be a good option. They give 70% of the total revenue to authors.
Step 8: Promotion, Marketing & Distribution
Once your book is online or in the market, you need to make sure it is available in the most popular retailers. Today, booksellers order books from distributors like Amazon and Google. So make sure your book is available on these platforms along with traditional retailers.
Until you’re a major public figure, you can’t expect your book to sell like crazy. You will need to market your book on different platforms. You may consider hiring a public relations team to market you as an author of the book. Besides this, you can take advantage of paid Google and social media advertising.
Publishing a book by yourself can be a long and in-depth process. So, try to stay motivated, enjoy every step of the book publishing process, and keep your eyes on your final goal.
Self-publishing is an ideal way for authors to get their work published without going through any issue of traditional publishing. Not only does it give authors higher royalty rates, but they also get more creative control. We hope this post gives you the best knowledge on how to self publish a book.