Self Publishing Advice for New Writers

On April 12, 2012, in Article, by admin

Many new writers in search of self publishing advice find themselves faced with two kinds of authors:
•    Established writers who swear that the only ones who self publish are those who do not “believe” in the quality of their work enough to submit their writing to major publishers or
•    Fellow novices who are disillusioned with the process because the work that they have self-published has not done as well as expected.
In between the two extremes, however, are self-published authors who have put in the time and effort needed to get the attention that their books deserve.  These authors have had their books professionally proofread, edited and formatted to get them just right before releasing them to the public.  They have also devoted themselves to marketing and promoting their work.

If you are planning to self publish a book, it is important to understand what that means.  For the most part, self publishing is a commitment to take on the responsibility and expenses involved with getting your work out there.  You need to have realistic goals for sales as well as a plan to reach these goals.

Decisions Self Published Authors Have to Make

With the popularity of digital devices increasing yearly, one of the most important decisions you as a self published author will need to make is that of whether you want your book available as an eBook, a traditional paper book or both.  In making this decision, you have to consider your target audience.  For example, if you intend to market the book to an audience that includes high school and college students, you would do well to consider making it an eBook.  However, if you are writing a book that might be of interest to grandparents, a traditional printed book might be your best option.

If you do decide that you want to publish an eBook, you then have to decide on formatting. While many companies accept submissions either in text, .pdf or .doc format and have devices that read these formats natively, others have formatting rules that are specific to certain devices.  For example, even though you can submit your book as a word document to be published on Kindle, there are specific rules for formatting that must be followed or your book will not be included in their catalog.

For a print book, you have to decide whether your book should be a hardcover or a paperback.  This is important because self publishing means that you are taking on the expense of producing your book, and have to consider the cost involved.  Hardcover books are more expensive than softcover, so which format you will choose will depend largely on your budget as well as the type of book you are publishing.


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