Are you thinking about self-publishing?
When you talk about self-publishing,
As the author, you are responsible for all the aspects of publishing the book. The author usually drives the editing, printing, publicity and distribution as well. No publishing company, right?. Because of all this work, the author gets to claim all the sales of the book.
If you think that self-publishing your book is your cup of Earl Grey, then there are some things that you would have to consider.
For example, you would have to think about the competition. How many people have written the same topic? Aside from that, you would also have to consider the number of copies you intend to publish if you want print copies on hand.
If you are planning to have your book self-published,
the first thing that you should do is ensure that you are prepared for the work ahead of you. You need to be motivated to tackle all aspects of publishing.
There are many things that you should focus on,
like the type of cover that your book will have. You would also have to think about the design of the book cover, the flow of pages, every aspect that would result into the creation of a sweet book. The first thing that a book buyer would notice when looking for books, will be the cover and, of course, the title. A compelling title will serve as a magnet for book buyers.
You can build the book
with Google Docs and import directly in Amazon Kindle publishing.
What are the other things that need to be done
to make sure that the self-publishing of your book is a good experience?
If you use Kindle or Kobo,
you can publish them and simply order your own copies at a wholesale price.
Design and book format can help your book pop out.
If it will be your fist time to self-publish a book, you can look for a mentor that could help you with it. Some self-published authors would get a professional book designer to make the design and assist in layout.
As a self-published author, you will be carrying the expenses.
Make sure that you are familiar with the different costs. Aside from printing costs, you would also have to consider the photography, copy editing, requesting for the International Standard Book Number which would make your book identifiable. You can buy one on a variety of web sites or get a free one from Kindle with Kindle Direct Publishing.
Distribution is another thing that you should be prepared for.
If you went through traditional publishing, the publishers would cover the cost, marketing and distribution of the book. But since this is self-publishing, you would need to decide how to distribute and who will receive your books. Some bookstores would only take some copies and see if they would sell, if not then you would have to get the books back. You will already have online sales available with Kindle, Kobo, or just about any other self publishing system.
Marketing is such an important part of any kind of book selling.
Aside from publishing, you would also have to carry the marketing and promotion of your book. You can hire a publicist to do it for you or you can do it yourself.
With all these issues, what can self-publishing give you?
On traditional publishing, an author would get about 8% of royalties, while on self-publishing you can get about 25-50 % of the returns. Aside from that, you get the freedom to control the different aspects of publishing and distribution.