Eight Things You Need to Know Before You Self-Publish a Book

It takes a great amount of courage to write a book. Writing a book means to show your thoughts and perceptions to the world and opening yourself to both criticism and praise in equal measure. It takes even more courage to self-publish because there are so many factors to consider when self-publishing is involved. Self-publishing means that you publish a book by your own means, without the help of an established publisher. That is why it is so important to take these factors into account before you even think of self-publishing a book.

1. Make a thorough research on the current market

The self-publishing market is a truly unpredictable one, you can never really know if your book will sell and you are in many ways making a gamble when you publish a book. That is why it is so important to research on the audience that is most likely to read your book. Finding the right demographic will give you the best chance of making a profit. It is also extremely important to find the best distribution method. Knowing the right demographic and how to distribute your books to them is a must in the self-publishing game.

2. Research standard e-book and print book formats

For the electronic version, you’ll need to consider EPUB and MOBI formats; for print, trim size will be very important. When deciding on a trim size, compare similar books in your genre to get a good idea of the standard size.

3. Format and proofread your work

Before you even think of self-publishing your book you should make formatting and proofreading a priority. The public is quite finicky about how you present your book. So grammar and formatting should be perfect, if you want to compete with other self-published books.

4. Purchase an ISBN

ISBNs are must-haves if you intend to sell your book in stores or online. Make sure you have a different ISBN for each version of your book as well.

5. Design a book cover

 They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover—but buyers do it every day. Make sure you have an attractive book cover that is eye-catching, thought-provoking, and representative of your book. Sometimes the quality of a book’s cover can make or break a sale.

6. Create an author website

Having an author website is extremely important if you are planning on selling your book yourself. This is because a website is the best way for you to promote your book and your author brand. Your author website will act as a hub for everything about you and your book: it will give potential fans an opportunity to learn more about you, while offering current readers an up-to-date resource for more details about your next project.

7. Have a mailing list

It is extremely important to have a mailing list because should you need the chance to get visitors’ to your account email addresses so you could send updates on your books and events directly to their inboxes.

8. Create social media profiles

Creating a social media profile gives you a chance to steer potential fans to your author website and engage in real-time conversations with fellow readers and writers. But it’s imperative that you actively and consistently update your social media.

Fulfilling these tasks will give you the chance to focus all your attention on creating your book without any more distractions. It will also give you a better chance of selling your book to the public and enjoy the process of self-publishing.

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