Good Afternoon Everyone!
Today, I am doing a simple article that I hope will help anyone who is looking into self-publishing their work. Being a young writer, you can probably imagine why self-publishing is a go-to for me: cheap, easy, publish whenever, & I get to be the boss. There’s a strange comfort that comes with self-publishing, because you do get a lot of say and control over the entire process. Here are some tricks, tips, and advice when it comes to the self-publishing world!
- BE ORIGINAL. One thing that I’ve learned through my process is to always be original. That means when you’re picking out your cover art, make sure it stands out in a market place, AND when you’re establishing the size of the book, hardcover or paperback, or even the smaller details (such as, do you want tiny stars in the top-left corner of every page). EVERY DETAIL COUNTS. Sometimes it’s the way the title is slanted or the fact that the majority of the cover is blue that makes a reader purchase it.
- COVER IS EVERYTHING. Keep in mind that self-publishing usually means ebook. The only thing your readers are getting a clear image of is literally the cover image itself! Be bold, chic, presentable, inspiring, and different. MAKE YOUR BOOK STAND-OUT.
- EVERYTHING IS A HOOK. You know that topic sentence that is supposed to hook the reader in and make them continue reading? Well, when it comes to ebooks, you HAVE to have a ridiculously hooking hook (I know, “hooking hook”, like, who says that? But, anyways)…Your summary, synopsis, cover, title: it all needs to hook in your reader with one small glance.
- BE COST EFFICIENT. Self-publishing can get VERY PRICE-Y if you’re not careful. Instead of using a paid for editor, try asking friends or family, who are great at spelling and grammar. Then, change the font, print it out, highlight things that don’t fit, and be your own reviser. Your book is your masterpiece. You have to be willing to give it all your effort, and in time, it will all pay off. Also, don’t pre-order a ton of books (VERY EXPENSIVE) if you don’t know how many people will actually be buying them, which bring us to my next tip:
- BUILD YOUR WRITER’S PLATFORM. For those writer’s who are new to this side of the publishing world, your writer’s platform ranges from your author’s website, a blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any social media network you can get your hands on. Build an audience WAY before you actually self-publish your book. Pique their internet, and get a steady incoming of fans. Then, when it’s almost time to publish, build a list of anyone willing to buy your book. This could be an email list, or you can just ask around, write names down on a piece of paper, take pre-orders, and then purchase your own book off the self-publishing website & distribute them to your, what I like to call, “Pre-ordering Pals”.
- ACCEPT CRITICISM. Everyone, myself included, never really likes to have their work chewed up and spit down a drain, but criticism is a natural part of the writing world. If you want to be a writer, you need to embrace this criticism. One thing I LOVE to do is let my mom, sisters, and a few friends read my book before I revise it myself. I give them sticky notes, and whenever they find something too out-there or confusing, they leave me a note, such as, “I wish you put more detail here,” or “I have no clue what just happened in this chapter…”. Don’t be scared to let criticism in. Usually, it’s for your benefit. Sometimes, if my mom or sister guesses a prediction for the next chapter, and it was correct, I’ll completely change it up, or keep the same thing but add a twist. You never want your readers bored or for your book to be easily predictable.
Okay, that’s it! I hope these six tips, tricks, and advice will help you out in the long run. Do you have any self-publishing advice to add? Leave it in a comment below!
Jinapher J. Hoffman
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BOOKS TO HELP YOU OUT
- Featured Creative Mind: David Sandum (jinapherjhoffman.wordpress.com)
- Pointers for Those New to Self-Publishing (weblogbetter.com)
- Twitter: A Writer’s Best Tool (princessofthelight.wordpress.com)
- Self-Publishing Advice for Writers – Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers (bridgetwhelan.com)