How to Self-publish a Book

At one point in your life, you may begin to consider the idea of self-publishing a book. It might be because of its many benefits, such as having a lot more authority with your content, having greater royalty rates, or attaining the satisfaction of putting into paper that core idea you have always had. There are various considerations when choosing whether you go to a publisher or have your book published on your own.

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However, self-publishing a book is not an easy task, even for those who have a publishing background. Then again, if you’re looking for a shortlist of how to self-publish a book, here are the most basic – yet most substantial – steps that you need to take:

Step 1. Write and Back-up Your Manuscript

Write your manuscript and transfer it into a word document. It is always best to look for a Word Processor (you’ll end up using Microsoft Word, most likely) and do everything digitally because of its many pros: you can easily edit, go back a few versions, track changes, upload everything in the cloud, etc. Also, what’s important is for you to have more than one back-up of your manuscript, be it through an external hard drive, the cloud, or even in your e-mail.

Step 2. Hire a Content Editor

Hire a professional editor to read or edit your content. Studies have shown how important it is to hire a professional when you’re aiming to write a book; they are masters of grammar, of course, but most importantly, their input on what can be improved with your novel is golden. Of course, as a publisher, you would want more control of your work. At the end of the day, it is always up to you if you want to follow what they say. However, their insights might just be good for your book.

Step 3. Look for a Print on Demand Company

Look for a Print on Demand Company, because it’s the perfect go-to for self-publishers. You don’t need to spend much (or any) money upfront – all you really do is publicize your book and the buyers can get one made when they want it.

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Step 4. Design your Book Cover

It’s best if you can hire a designer to select the size of your book, its shape, color or any other visual element of your masterpiece. At first sight, people have to judge your book by its cover, and it’s important if you can make its cover attractive enough for people to get into it.

Step 5. Design your interior and layout

Select photographs, images, type of fonts, and illustrations for the interior of your book. In terms of layout, it is also best to find someone who’s a design professional – unless you can do it on your own – because not only do they know how to use the proper software to make the designs, but also the theories to apply so it can be likened by readers or be marketable.

Design alone can make or break your book, so steps 4 and 5 are just as important. There are many professionals out there waiting for a job, and there are many nifty ways for you to look for them. You can use freelance websites such as Odesk.com where you can find even the cheapest deals for a designer.

Step 6. Submission of the Digital Files

Upload your files and forward them to your publisher. Make sure that you are very specific with what you want, like all the details from the cover of your book, to the layout design. Everything.

Step 7. Order a Hard Copy Proof and Proofread

You cannot see layout and formatting errors easily in the digital file. Prior to publishing, it is critical to do one last proofread on a hard copy of the book. By then, you’re almost ready to publish.

Red ink on paper.

It is important to take now, however, that at this stage you should only be making small typo corrections. If you make major corrections at this point, it can change the entire spacing and formatting. The time and money required to do so may not be worth it.

Step 8. Submit for Final Publication

Submit the corrected files to the publisher, and then look at their first print to see if all the changes have been applied. If you don’t have any more changes, you can finalize your self-published book!

To Write Or Not To Write: 10 Tips To Becoming A Successful Author

To be or not to be. That is the question. Should you finally pursue your dream of becoming the author that you are meant to be, or stay in dreamland and keep your dream a dream…forever?

At some point, your creative juices would kick to bring light to your personal vision. However, a new question pops up – how can you make it, and become a successful, published author?

Author blocks.

It is a matter of choice. When the why is clear, the how will appear. Learn how to make your whys match your hows with these 10 tips to becoming an awesome, successful author.

1. Exercise Your Body: Exercise Your Mind

Everyone knows the importance of keeping your body in good shape. However, how does your physicality affect your linguistic proficiency?

As an upcoming writer, you have to embrace the fact that you still need to exercise regularly. Your body needs something to trigger its productivity and creative flow. Your brain cannot work properly if your body is not in good shape. Try making it a habit of having push-ups or squats in your room or near your writing space. This can stimulate your working mindset.

Or, commit to a routine every morning, and challenge yourself physically. Your writing over time will improve, watch.

2. Allow Yourself To Evolve

Great writers are open to change.

They can easily adapt and live as their life unravels before them. Evolving into a better version of yourself may be a little bit scary and challenging, but it is all worth it. Through evolution, you can find out how important your personal and professional journey is in making you a better person. All these changes and learning can definitely help you become a better writer, as these new challenges and experiences will show on your output.

3. Don’t Try To Please Everyone

Steven King.

Stephen King once said, 

“You can’t please all of the readers all of the time; you can’t please even some of the readers all of the time, but you really ought to try to please at least some of the readers some of the time.”

 You can become a successful author if you can recognize the fact that not all people are willing and able to read and appreciate your work.

You will see how others are even willing to tell you that you cannot make it happen. Others will also tell you that you cannot earn money in writing. You might as well do something like get cash for junk cars instead. To become a successful author, you must learn to look through all of these things. You must learn not to lose your focus and just keep pushing yourself towards your passion.

4. Make Your Imagination Bleed

Write.

Rewrite.

Then write again.

In order to have your work published, it is important to make sure you have learned the ins and outs of writing and editing. It’s not just about grammar and vocabulary. Most of the time, it’s the little burst of creativity that spark out of the blue, and how you inject these golden nuggets into your work. There are moments when you have sleepless nights because of a sudden brainstorming session with yourself about a story plot that could possibly make the ultimate difference. Make sure you are prepared with your inevitable creativity. Practice writing and then rewriting. Do this as often as you can.

5. Seek Motivation & Inspiration

Some say that writing is really easy as long you study everything about the rules of writing. Others say you just need to become diligent with information gathering in order finish your write up.

Whichever is the case, along the way, you will realize that writing can be difficult and tiring at the same time. More often than not, you’ll see the need to reevaluate your professional life and question your reality. At this stage, you need to work with your dynamic duo – motivation and inspiration. Remember, they will never come to you. You need to remind yourself why this is your passion, and go for it. Don’t hold back!

6. Never Burn Rejected Work

Disappointments can be really dark and destructive because you are your own toughest critic.

Do not burn your manuscripts out of spite. Others may reject you. You just need to keep on moving forward. You can improve on your work from the publishers’ feedback, constantly learning and growing along the way. Sometimes, you just need to know what needs to improve.

Try reading your piece again. Doing so can give you a fresh insight and perspective on what you have just done. You can draw out inspiration for a new plot on your next project. Rejected manuscripts are not the end of the line. In fact, they can be a great source of ideas and learning, leading to a new opportunity.

7. Read About Authors Who’ve Made It Work For Them

You can find out how successful authors have reached their level of success by a simple Google search.

Find out how they started their career and what gave them the strength to reach where they are right now. Read about how they manage rejections and what they do to overcome writer’s block. You may also want to consider reading about their tips or messages for people like you who are starting to become successful authors. Furthermore, some of the more well-known authors conduct seminars or workshops. See to it that you can attend one of those. The stories of other successful authors can help you see the world in a different perspective.

8. Seek New Perspectives

Red ink on paper.

Your editor is not an evil person out to stop you in pursuing your dreams. No one in the industry has become successful writer without the help of their editors and proofreaders. The moment you decided to become a writer, you automatically need someone who can give you feedback, edit and proofread your work.

You may be good at editing other people’s work, but it is a different story when it’s your own piece that needs to be proofread. The second (or third) opinion on your work is a big help in order to see any technical missteps and loopholes in your plot. They can also provide suggestions and recommendations on how you can further improve your existing piece.

9. Do Not Submit Your Manuscript to More Than One Publication at the same time.

It is not a pleasant experience for you once two publications accepted your piece, and they published it online or print. They can immediately know that their rival publication has the same piece at their end. You might end up being blacklisted in the industry. It might even be more difficult to work for the next publishing company as they most probably have learned about your blunder. In order to avoid this, wait until your manuscript has been formally accepted, or rejected, by your chosen publication. By then, you can take the necessary steps to move forward with regard to your manuscript.

10. Don’t You Dare Give Up

J.K. Rowling

Never let rejections and disappointments get into your head. You need to keep in mind that successful authors started from the same point where you are at this moment. They have also experienced rejections from a number of publishing companies. They have their fair share of sleepless nights and down times, too. Imagine how many times J.K. Rowling received rejection letters from different publishing companies with her most renowned work – the Harry Potter series.

However, she has never given up, has not allowed rejections and disappointments to get the best of her. See how far she has reached with her career. You can achieve this too!