How to Self-Publish a Book

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March 30, 2015

For many authors, self-publishing is becoming the best way to get their books out into the market. Authors can even self-publish their books in many formats – from ebooks to paperbacks to hardcovers. In this article, you will learn how to self-publish a book.

How to self publish a book
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  • Write and proofread your book

Writing a book always takes time and hard work. Write your book during your peak hours – the time of the day when you are most productive. You must proofread your book while writing it and when you finish it. Read your work repeatedly and pay attention to any errors that you might have made.

  • Ask help from a professional editor

A writer cannot perfectly edit his or her own work, and that is a fact. It is very important to hire a professional editor even if you’ve been a writer for decades because an editor will see the mistakes that you missed while proofing your work. Readers are more likely to give good reviews for books that are consistent, and free of typos and grammatical errors.

  • Give your book a title that deserves to be a best seller

An amazing title is very important in getting potential customers. You would have to create a title that will make a reader turn his head, pick the book up, flip the pages, and take it to the counter.

  • Hire a professional book designer

Unless you are a professional book designer, you must hire one to ensure that your book will be designed professionally and in accordance to book publishing standards. Your book designer will design your book’s exterior (cover) and interior (layout), and will make sure that the size of your cover is appropriate for the number of pages that your book has.

  • Settle all the legal aspects

Part of knowing how to self-publish a book is understanding the legal aspects of the publishing process. This includes purchasing an ISBN, adding a Copyright language, and reviewing the agreement contract with your publisher.

  • Find the right distribution channel for you

Distributors are responsible for helping you get your book into the retail shelves. There are numerous distribution channels out there, but not all of them will be right for you. Always check their background and the genres that they cater to. Through this, you’ll have better chances at getting your book into bookstores and other retailers.

  • Market and promote your book ALWAYS

You must market and promote your book as often as you to get your book noticed. Invest your time and effort in marketing your book because you will surely be able to reap the rewards later on.

Now that you know how to self-publish a book, will you choose this modern way of publishing, or will you stick to the traditional way?