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Becoming a self-published author has never been easier! Here is our list of 4 steps you can take to share your lite...
Becoming a self-published author has never been easier! Here is our list of 4 steps you can take to share your literary masterpiece with the world.
You may think this is a no-brainer, but a book isn’t done when you stop typing the last page. As Michael Crichton once said: “Books aren’t written - they’re rewritten.” Don’t publish a first draft, but instead go back through it and rewrite it at least once. From there, you’re going to want to hire an editor as an objective third eye, a proofreader, and an artist to design your cover art. The many DIY publishing houses (see next step) oftentimes offer packages that include these assistants, but its best to assemble a team on your own.
The Independent Editors Group (IEG) is a collective of editors, proofreaders, agents, and others who specialize in helping writers polish their work. You can check your local Craigslist to find someone to do your art.
There are a TON of companies that will self-publish your work, and all of them use the same technology. The devil is in the details: how much they charge to print your book and how much you will earn in royalties. Right now, the biggest, most popular is Amazon’s CreateSpace.
Since Amazon also happens to be the world’s top bookseller, using their services may be a good idea. But read the fine print and do the math - many sites offer their own calculator for publishers to compare. Other companies like Lightning Source and Dog Ear Publishing offer authors better deals than Amazon, but have less reach. Dog Ear also examines the competition.
This may seem like a little thing, but it offers the small-time author a little more control. An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) lists the publishing house along with every title.
Many companies offer free ISBNs, but the caveat is their company name is now the publisher-of-record. For around $100, you can create your own publishing company (and your own prestige). You can learn more and buy yours from a company like Bowker.
With the flood of titles in the marketplace, you’ve really got to sell yourself - Amazon.com self-publishes 10,000 titles a MONTH. You can hire a professional book publicist, but be sure to do research and avoid scams. The best thing you can do on your own is make a Facebook page, open a Twitter account, and create an author page on Amazon’s Author Central.Then start making regular posts/tweets and meet and interact with your fans!
Bonus: Don’t have the money to self-publish? New crowdfunding platforms exclusively for authors now exist, so check out http://authr.com or http://pubslush.com and see if they can help you create a campaign to take your book to the next level.