Top Tips for Self-Published Authors
A self-published author is one who publishes a book or other form of media without the help of an established publishing house. Once an author has written a 1st, 2nd or even a 3rd draft of their manuscript, some believe that they are ready to be published; that belief couldn’t be further from the truth.
Have your manuscript professionally edited. Don’t assume that you, a friend or family member has the experience to do the editing necessary to bring your manuscript up to current literary standards.
- Plan ahead. Although writing a book can take years for some and a great deal of effort, it might surprise some to know that it is just the beginning of a self-publishing author’s journey.
- Make sure that you set aside time and money for editing, cover design, interior print formatting, eBook formatting, publication, marketing, and promotion services. If you can do some of this yourself, you’ll save quite a bit of money.
- Several months before you plan to publish your manuscript we highly recommend that you set up an author blog or website. You should also consider creating some social media accounts so you can connect with your future reading audience.
Book Cover Design
Having your book cover designed by a professional is essential but it doesn’t have to be very costly. Stock cover designs are a cheaper option but you can have a completely customized book cover designed that includes backgrounds, cover models, fonts, and colors.
Post-Publication Promotion, Marketing and Publicity
Once your book is published and available to the reading public it is time to promote it and get it out there so readers hear about it and see it. There are many services that you can choose from depending on the results that you are looking for. If you have the time to invest, much of the promotional work can be done on your own, after you’ve done a decent amount of research on the web. If you don’t have a lot of free time or you would prefer to have a professional company take care of the promotion, we highly recommend that you take your time to research the companies, check professional credentials, their experience and ask around for referrals.
For any author service provider, it is best to ask around and do some price-comparisons to help you get the best value for your promotional dollar.
We hope that these tips have been helpful for you on your writing journey; if you would like assistance or advice along the way, please feel free to contact us.
© 2017 – Article was written by Bobbie Crawford