5 Tips for Self Publishers

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If you have written a book and are finding it hard to find a publisher for then it is a great idea to think about the option to self-publish your book. Self-publishing might seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t need to be.

Here are five simple tips for self-publishers to help make sure you make the most out of your book.

1. Write A Quality Book

The first thing you must do is to make sure your book has a clear and simple meaning behind it and that people think the end product is of a good quality.

Don’t think that publishing a book is something simple; it takes a lot of time to write and edit a great book and it is a good idea to take it slowly and make sure you are producing something great for readers to enjoy.

2. Use Social Media

You need to do all of your own marketing and one of the most powerful ways of doing it, as well as the most cost effective, is to join various social media platforms and promote your book on these. This can guarantee that people hear about your book and get involved with you.
The most important platforms and Twitter and Facebook and it’s essential you establish a strong presence in these. You should also learn some basic social media SEO to promote your books.

3. Stay Realistic

Throughout the process it is important that you stay realistic about your chances. Self-publishing isn’t easy and you can’t expect to sell your books in an instant even if the book is great.

This shouldn’t put you off from self-publishing or writing but it should make you keep your day job and prepare for a plan B just in case.

4. Real Books Still Sell

The current trend is becoming more and more about e-books and this is a very cost effective way for self-publishers to start their careers. There are a lot of great resources available to help you format your own e-book and it is always worth looking into this.

But you still shouldn’t forget about the power of the old format of printed books. These are still going to sell and even if you focus mainly on e-books having a few copies of your book in printed form can help you promote and market your book better.

So look for book binding services and make sure that you shop around. There are a lot of good options available and some don’t even work solely on bookbinding. One such company is Silverfox Legal and you could consider them or other local companies.

5. Network With Other Self-Publishers

It is also important that you network with other self-publishers. This will provide you with a lot of fresh perspective and can give you a lot more ankles to overcome creative problems.

There are a lot of great forums for self-publishers and you should definitely join them. Networking is also really important because it gives you a ‘name’ on the field and can therefore enhance your chances of selling more books.

Janet loves to help out writers get their foot on the market and make sure they learn all about marketing their books. She is a big fan of reading and can just spend a whole day reading books and drinking some Columbian coffee.

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