Becoming a published writer is no easy feat. There are so many people trying to become the next Stephen King or Harper Lee. Unfortunately, not every budding author will have publishers wanting to publish their manuscript.
That doesn’t mean your book isn’t good. It could just be due to bad timing, poor luck or that your book didn’t stand out from the crowd of manuscripts. Fortunately, self-publishing puts your writing career into your own hands. Check out the 5 self-publishing tips every budding author should read.
- Book Editing
Every book is subject to editing before a publisher sends it to print, and your self-published book should be no different. The great thing about self-publishing is that it allows you to take creative control of your story. Yet, the downside is that there is no professional available to read the manuscript for any plot holes, typos or poor grammar.
If you want your book to be taken seriously by readers, it is worth paying qualified freelancers for professional copy-editing services. Expect to pay between £10-15 per 1,000 words, which isn’t too cheap if you have penned a 50,000 word+ book, but it will help to polish your work.
- The Book Cover
Readers do judge a book by its cover, so you must ensure you create a visually-appealing book cover that encourages them to buy it. It’s often easy to spot a self-published book, as they tend to have the dullest covers. That’s why you should learn how to make a book cover, so your novel stands out from the crowd for all the right reasons.
- eBook Format
Every self-published author should consider selling their novel in an eBook format. It costs nothing for a self-publisher to do so, either, as there are no manufacturing or delivery fees. You simply upload your book and book cover for free and set your book fee. Upload your novel to the likes of Amazon Kindle or Apple’s iPad.
- Promote Your Book
Don’t wait for readers to find your book. Instead, proactively market your book to the whole world to gain as many readers as possible. For instance, you can advertise your novel through a sponsored post on social media, or you could launch a website to promote your book, as well as your additional writing. Don’t forget to include a checkout facility on your website for visitors to order a book to be sent to their address. Use a third-party provider, such as PayPal, to encourage trust in the online transaction.
- Encourage Word of Mouth
Once you have built a loyal number of followers on the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads, encourage your readers to write positive reviews on Amazon. If you have penned a non-fiction book, consider sending a complimentary copy to various authorities in the industry, who might be happy to write a testimonial on the book. You could later add the glowing review to a book cover or other promotional materials.