Going back the historical lane, book publishing was exclusively the work of publishing companies. If you are interested in publishing a book, you will first have to contact an agent who will then introduce you to a traditional publisher to have a look at your manuscript. Most publishing companies will not even bother to look at your manuscript if it didn’t come through an agent. The worst part is that even if they get to look at it, it’s still highly unlikely that your book will get published, not to mention being sold in bookstores.
Such predicament brings us to the question: is there a much better alternative?
The answer is an emphatic YES! In fact, there is a better way for you to get your book published, and not just that; but also the opportunity to make it a bestseller. It is a method which hassled to the success of so many authors who would never have believed they could actually become this successful and fulfilled. This contemporary method is an innovative one and is changing the publishing the book publishing landscape, sharply departing from the norms of traditional publishing.
This unique method has a name, and it is called: self-publishing!
Book Publishing Made Easy
Some few years ago, one would consider himself lucky to even get a publishing agent who would attempt to land you a deal at one of those “Big Five” publishing companies. Today, the story has changed. You don’t need any of those Big Five companies to publish your book. In fact, a lot of self-publishing authors are consistently turning down publishing offers from many publishing companies.
Therefore, if you have been sweating it out on how to publish your book, and you have no idea just how to go about it; you have come to the right place. The solution is self-publishing.
In other make the task easy for you, here is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how you can get the best out of self-publishing. From how you can write a book to self-publishing it on a platform like Amazon Kindle—you don’t want to blink as we take you through. Fasten your seatbelt and let’s hit the print!
12 Steps To Self-Publishing A Book
Decide why you want to write a book
The first stage in self-publishing is writing a book. But before you come to this, you have to decide why you really want to write the book. This is very important because it would determine the amount of effort you’re going to put in. you don’t want to start writing a book just to throw down the pen after two or three pages. You need to be 100 percent committed. You can start by asking yourself these questions:
- Am I a freelancer or an entrepreneur with a new business trying to beat or catch up with the competition by publishing a book?
- Do I want to leverage my knowledge and skills to become a paid coach or speaker?
- Am I seeking to diversify my income from my established business to land speaking activities?
- Or do I already have a success story that I need to share and impact the knowledge or kills on others?
Action plan: produce a minimum of 10 viable reasons why you are seeking to write a book. Use the above-mentioned questions as a guide.
Writing Your Book
For a newcomer, writing a book is like looking for a needle in a haystack. You just might find yourself staring blankly at blank pages—call it the ideas shortage syndrome. Then frustration starts creeping in, and before you know it, you’re procrastinating and at the end, you get nothing done.
But believe it…you can write your book. Just come up with a writing process.
Below are some ways you can develop a writing process.
- Get a calendar. The easiest and suitable way to ensure you get your book complete in an orderly manner is to buy a calendar, schedule your tasks/goals per day or week.
- Establish an outline. This will function as a map or compass for your book. It gives thematic direction to your story. It also keeps your work organized while ensuring that you are always on track
- Create a writing habit. This means conditioning yourself to writing at the same time daily or weekly.
Get Feedback On Your Work
Don’t just write and dump your book, then come back and continue gain. You should allow some fresh eyes to see every bit of what you have written so far. This will help you spot grammatical and typing errors and make changes as soon as possible. Also, it a new perspective can present you with new ideas for your story, making the theme more clear. In this case, you can reach out to your friends and family members for good feedback.
Picking Your Book Title
Don’t ever make the mistake of choosing your book title before you start writing. Doing so will only condition you to write yourself into a closet—a tight corner where you have very little or no room to flow and maneuver since you are sweating it hard to align your story to the title of the book, instead of writing what you need to write.
You don’t have to make things more complicated than they already were.
Choosing a title is very easy. Just keep things simple. Carefully study the theme of you writing—what is the story saying? From there, you can have your title.
Getting an Editor
The brain that edits your book can make or mar it for or mar it for you. A great and experienced editor can make your book a bestseller. A Street or poor editing can make your story look like it was written by goblins (pardon the pun). The bottom line is; you need to find a credible and experienced editor. Just don’t go for anyone.
Look for someone that is good in English—maybe your English teacher/lecturer. There are professional editor services on freelance sites like Fiverr and Upwork. And if you have special tools like editor and proofreading tools like Grammarly, your task would even become easier.
Get a Nice Looking Book Cover
When it comes to self-publishing, one of the most important elements of your book’s ability to quickly convert into sales is a professionally designed book cover. The cover is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it is important that you make it compelling.
To get fascinating book covers for your book; visit the following freelancing sites:
Create A Self-Publishing Account On Kindle Direct
Now, this is where you venture into the bookselling market, the place where the “Benjamins” rain. One of such marketplace is Amazon’s Kindle Kindle Direct Publishing. Log in to the website at https://kdp.amazon.com to create your account. You can use your existing Amazon account (assuming you have one) or use your email to create one.
You would be required to fill in your tax information. When you’re through with that, hit “Finish” and you are set to upload, manage your Kindle eBook, audio books and paperbacks. You also have the luxury of linking it to CreateSpace—another bookselling where you can sell your books as fast as the gun-slick hands of Wesley Thomas Hardy.
Formatting Your Book
If you are working on a budget, don’t worry. There are plenty of online information resources that can offer tips on how to do it for free. Go to KDP forums on Amazon, where you can join plenty of discussions on how to format your self-publishing book. KDP formatting resources are also there for you to use. But if you will find the task too challenging, and you have a few Dollars to spare; why not give it over to someone else to help you?
You can hire a freelancer who offers formatting services on Fiverr or Upwork. Liber Writer is another place where you can get cheap formatting that will convert your nook from MS word format into a Kindle book format.
Self-Publish your Book
Once you feel that all loose ends have been tightened and your book is ready to go live, move over to KDP, login to your account and upload your book. Here is how to do it.
- While on the main page of the KDP, locate and click “Your bookshelf.”
- Then Click on “eBook Action”
- Then follow up by clicking “Edit Book Content.”
- Lastly, upload your manuscript file from your PC/Laptop by clicking “Upload eBook Manuscript.”
You will also need to follow a few more steps, after which you can click save and publish your book.
Choose a Price For Your Self-Published Book
The price tag you will place on your book is another important aspect of self-publishing. Chose the wrong price and your book will just be laying there idly. Price it wisely and you just might see sales start trickling in.
Since you are launching for the first time, you can start with a price tag of $0.99 dollar. As sales start coming in, you can take it to $1 and o on.
Avoid starting off with a huge price tag.
Get A Launch Team Together
Launching is also helpful in drawing attention to a new book. Make sure you are only selecting the right candidate for your book. You have to be sure if they can market your book. Use questionnaires as a means of accessing applicants to see if they would fit in.
Pop some champagne
Now that you have successfully published your book all by yourself, you can simply sit back and enjoy the sales. Self-publishing a book is an act that can take you to places—give you a wide customer base more than you can imagine. Moreover, you will become famous, depending on your writings, and can land you better business opportunities within your field of expertise. And it is something that will last forever.
With self-publishing, it’s goodbye to the traditional model of book publishing.