Self-Publishing Your Book Tips and Tricks

December 18, 2009

Type in "self publishing a book" in your favorite search engine and out comes an array of resources that seem to take over your monitor. There is no doubt that taking on this journey can be overwhelming and exciting at the same time. You will have lots of questions and know that there will be lots of sites with what they deem as the answers to all your publishing dreams.

However before you hit the "self-publish my book" key on any site...make sure you count the cost! There are more expenses that go into self-publishing a book than what you might see in the "package" displayed.

Here's an example:

Professional Editing- Is it included? Probably not. The cost associated with having your manuscript edited by someone who has been trained to do so and has the experience and references to prove it will mean $$-$$$.

Marketing-This is one that most of us who are dreaming of seeing our books on the bookshelf of bookstores around the world tend to leave out of the dream. Don't. In fact, marketing your book is going to rest on your shoulders when you self-publish. Fact of the matter is that even if you do go the traditional route and get a publisher, a marketing plan is not only something to have, it is demanded now by more and more publishing companies. So, do some research and come up with a marketing budget.

Review Copies-Here's one expense that some how manages to miss the budget line when in creation. Put it in. While many self-publishing companies offer a certain amount of books "free" in your package, you will need more. Aim for anywhere from 10-15 reviews for your book and count the cost for any additional books needed to meet that goal.

Here's a trick- Use an online resource like Why? You can create your book as an EBook-a digital online version that will also include your cover. Using this method allows you to give reviewers free access to your EBook and the great thing is that it doesn't require a special EBook reader. You can "password" protect your EBook so that only those whom you give it to will be able to see it so make sure that when you create your EBook that you make it private to only those with the password (you create and put in when creating your settings for your EBook). There are others options so simply pick the one that works best for you.

Well, those are the tips and tricks from Newbie's Magazine today. Hope they helped you in some way.


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  1. Thank you for the insightful article. I remember my first POD book and I wish I had these tips before I signed a contract with those folks. I look forward to reading more on this site.
    Robert Meacham