Congratulations on writing your book! Now it’s time to put all your hard work out into the world. But don’t freak out! Just be prepared and willing to work even harder.
Before you decide whether you are going to get a literary agent, send out query letters or self-publish your book, make sure you are realistic. Has my book been professionally edited? Is my book for a mass or small market? What is my budget? Do I have connections in the publishing industry? Do I have social media accounts and use them frequently?
To help you with your research, I have listed some important questions about self-publishing below. Click the links to find answers:
What can I realistically expect from self-publication?
- Half of self-published authors earn less than $500
- Six tough truths about self-publishing
- How the average writer can make money self-publishing eBooks
- How to succeed in self-publishing
Why do I need a professional editor?
- Five reasons why self-publishing authors need an editor
- Why all self-publishers need a good editor
- Five good reasons to hire an editor
What is the publication process?
- Publishing 101: What you need to know
Why should I hire a professional book designer?
Where can I find an indexer?
What should I know about eBooks?
- Success: Avoid these mistakes before publishing your eBook
- Choosing a layout and eBook format: Standard vs. fixed layout and choosing an eBook format that fits
- Preparation: Preparing for eBook conversion
- Creating an eBook:
- How to get an ISBN:
- Book and cover design:
- EBook pricing:
What is metadata?
- All the information related to your book. Without good metadata, potential readers will not be able to find your book online.
- Metadata needs to be continually updated to maintain strong discoverability.
If I self-publish, how will my book be distributed?
- Choosing an e-publishing service: Ten questions to ask before committing to any e-publishing service
- Ebook distributors: Bookbaby (self-publishers), Amazon (KDP select), Smashwords (indie books), ebookpartnership (specialized in fixed layout), Lulu (self-publishers), and more
- Major retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, Apple’s iBooks, Google Play, Marvin, and more
How can I market my book?
- Promotional Materials: A checklist of basic promotion materials for indie authors
- Book Launches: Ten tips to a successful book launch
- Social media: Social media for authors
- On a budget: Promoting your book on a budget