Deciding to self-publish your work can seem like a daunting task. In reality it isn’t hard as long as you take it step-by-step and find the correct people to help you along the way.
Use the steps below to guide you through the self-publishing process:
- Finish writing your manuscript.
Duh, right? Quite a few authors try to start the process without having their manuscript completed. By completed I mean, your manuscript should already be edited by yourself and at least read through by someone else and all rewrites are done. It needs to be as done as you can make it yourself.
- Hire an editor.
Find an editor that fits you. You want an editor that listens to what you need. This editor will be looking at your manuscript and giving you feedback. Editors tell you what needs to be rewritten, taken out, and in general cleans up your manuscript so it reads cohesively without losing the original voice.
- Make all the necessary changes to your manuscript based on the editor’s feedback.
- Proofread, proofread, proofread!
Hire a proofreader. A fresh pair of eyes find a lot more mistakes than the pair that has looked at the same words for over a year or so. Over time our minds fill in the gaps because it knows what we meant to say.
- Hire a formatter.
The same person can sometimes format for print and eBooks. The person you hire will need to know where you intend to sell your books so they can format your manuscript to specific specs. This conversation should also include how many ISBN’s you will need and where to acquire them. The print formatter will need to know what size you would like your book to be. For an explanation of ISBN’s click on the links below.
- Hire a graphic designer.
If you are self-publishing in print and online you will need two covers. One for your print book and one for online. Both require different formatting. Once again the graphic designer will need to know where you are intending to sell your books so they can apply the correct specs to your covers. The graphic designer will also need to know the size of your book and how many pages your print book is when the print formatter is done formatting so they can design your cover correctly. General cover formatting for print and eBooks is linked below.
- Send or upload files to be printed.
Send your formatted manuscript and cover file to the printer or upload them to a POD site.
- Upload your eBook files.
Create the necessary accounts and upload your formatted eBook manuscript and cover file to an eBook distributor.
- Market your books.
- Start writing your next book!