Updated: Apr 11, 2018
So, you have finished your book. Now what? If you are self-Publishing then there are a few things you need to know and do to make sure you give your book the best start in the world! Self-Publishing today is growing bigger and bigger which is brilliant!
Get an editor
This first step is vital for when you self publish a book. No one is perfect and mistakes are made and considering you have written it, you may overlook mistakes or parts that make no sense. There are many different types of editors out there and it can be confusing, but once you know what you want, it’s simple. Editors correct spelling, grammar, edit flaws within the plot. They bring together your story and make it the best it can be. At the end of this task you will then need it proof read, to double check everything! At the end of this process you will also gain your page count and if you are going to have the book physically printed it’s an important step in creating the cover.
Find who you want to publish with
There are many self-publishing platforms out there. The main ones are CreateSpace, IngramSpark, Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords. Each have their own pros and cons which is why research is key! Some offer packages such as ebook and paperback together. It depends on what you want.
Plan how you want your book to look
When deciding on how you want your book to look there are many things to consider and “shopping” around for inspiration is a good start. Think about the feel of the book and the message you want to have to attract readers. You want them to be drawn in before they have read the back! You may want to create a scene from the book but you need to bare in mind that finding exact stock can be tricky, which is why sometimes people go minimal. I create bespoke book covers for all types of books. Check out the work here.
Market your book
When you have your book finished and in print, it’s time to get it out there! Twitter is a great place to start sharing, read my post about using Twitter here. By using social media and the relevant hashtags you can get your book to a wider audience. Having a media kit is also a great tool, as a banner image can explain the book with images to draw people in, check out my packages here. Contact book bloggers and ask them for a review of your book, in turn they get a free copy and a reasonable fee. People who read blogs like this are always on the hunt for a book, so getting on these is a brilliant way to gain interest!
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