The world of authors has expanded significantly with the introduction of e-publishing. More and more writers are taking charge of their destiny, and are self publishing their titles. What this means is they are cutting out the “middle person” – the traditional publisher – and doing it themselves. Why?
a) Self publishers have more control over their works
b) They are not forced to work within the confines of arbitrary contract rules
c) It gives them more freedom in terms of timing and distribution choices
But most importantly: Self publishing helps you, the author, make more money from your work than you could if you teamed up with one of the big publishers.
SELF PUBLISHING – STEP-by-STEP
If you are one of the thousands of Indie writers looking to self publish, then we’ll tell you how you can achieve success:
STEP 1: Write the Book
The first step is the most important one – writing the right book! You’ll need the following ingredients to make this happen:
a) A great story-line/plot
b) Well researched material (even if it’s based on fiction)
c) Well written
Put all these three things together, and you’re bound to have a winning combination.
STEP 2: Edit the Book
Book editing is sometimes more crucial than the actual task of writing the book. High class editing can polish a rough-cut manuscript and make it into a sparkling gem of a book. Mistake-riddled, typo-prone or grammatically incorrect books will scar your reputation forever. So take time to review your work, get friends and family to do it, or seek professional editorial help.
STEP 3: Cover and Interior Design/Formatting, eBook Conversion
It is now time to take your edited manuscript and turn it into a piece of art. This step involves:
a) Designing the cover
b) Interior book designing
d) eBook Conversion
And here’s where things can get tricky for most Indie writers. Unless you are an expert in all of the graphics packages and confident about you’re designing and formatting skills, this is not something to leave to chance. The Fast Fingers is a professional book formatting and designing service that can help you with this all-important step.
STEP 4: Select a Self-publishing platform
This is where you decide which platform you plan on using to self-publish your book. Online options include:
c) Lightning Source
d) Kindle Direct Publishing
Typically, you’ll need to follow these steps to publish your book using one of these online services:
a) Setting up your title on your chosen platform. Multiple sub-options are presented, which you will be asked to choose from, including price, distribution channels, shipping mode, Royalty decisions etc.
b) Uploading of appropriately formatted files to your self-publishing platform
c) Ordering a printed proof, and then reviewing and approving it
d) When everything looks good – hit the publish button!
There’s nothing to stop you from using more than one platform. However, you will need to be adept at all the rules and conventions that each of these e-publishers imposes on writers, and that can be extremely challenging. That’s where professionals like The Fast Fingers can add value through their vast knowledge and experience of what it takes to publish across multiple platforms.
If online publishing is not where you want to go, you may use your own preferred printer to have your manuscript printed.
STEP 5: Promote your title
Here’s where you tell the world what a great book yours is, and why readers should buy it. There are any numbers of promotion techniques that you can employ, including:
Participate in Book Fairs
a) Organize book-signing events at local malls and busy shopping centers
b) Host a book reading event
c) Use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter on MySpace, online Blogs and other social media platforms to promote it
d) Use insert-in flyers in newspapers and other local publications
The idea is to be consistent with your message, and be focused on your audience.
STEP 6: Protect your title
Here’s where you do everything within your power to protect your intellectual property rights from being stolen or misused. Most online publishing platforms will have options that will assist you with ISBN, CIP/PCIP registration, but at the end of the day, it’s up to you to ensure you have strong copyright protection for your book.
YOU’RE ALL DONE!
And that’s pretty much what it takes to self publish. It definitely takes some work on your part, but the joys of being an Indie writer who also self publishes is worth the few extra hours a day that you put in. And if you ever feel overwhelmed, you should take comfort from the fact that The Fast Fingers is always here to help you!