Getting your book published by a traditional company is hard. Half the time you need an agent to get someone even to read what you have. The other half of the trouble is, they won’t even give it too much of a glance even WITH an agent.
There’s paperwork, big household names that are more of a priority, and red tape. Then, if you get published by the company, congratulations; you lose a lot of decision-making rights to how you’re going to market your book. There’s less creative freedom whenever there is a big company involved.
My personal suggestion? Publish your book yourself.
Here are facts about book publishing that will kindle your spirits to get to writing your first book.
How to Self-Publish a Book?
A lot of people may wonder if that will cause your book to lack exposure and sales, but that’s not necessarily true. You can self-publish a book, and it becomes a best seller!
According to sources from, The book Eragon that turned into a very successful movie was originally a self/published book by Paolini which was re-published by Alfred A. Knopf after Carl Hiaasen discovered it.
The children’s book “Peter Rabit” was self-published in 1901. Self-publishing has been working for YEARS!
According to research, people are turning down the big companies in hopes to self-publish. Deciding to self-publish your book can be more work. But the creative freedom you get as a writer is unbeatable. Now, how do you do this? Here is step by step process to publish your book.
Step By Step Process to Publish Your Own Book
1. Choose Your Genre
Figure out what you want to write about. You need to have a connection with what your writing or you’ll lose interest and end up never finishing. So, It’s important to know what you want to write about.
- What inspires you?
- What lights a fire inside of you?
- What can you imagine being a spectacular story?
You don’t want to write about what’s most ‘popular.’ Write about something your heart can get behind.
2. Get to Writing
Waste no time. Start putting your dream into action. If you work full-time, take some time to write your book on your lunch break or on the weekends, but writes let the creative juices flow.
You can come up with your title before or after the story is written. So, if you don’t have a title yet and just the story, write your story and let the title come to you.
3. Get Someone’s Opinion
Give your draft to an outside source that you trust and receive feedback from them.
- Listen to what they have to say.
- Receive constructive criticism and use what fits to better your book.
An outside point of view is a great way of getting fresh perspectives on your story from a readers point of view. As the writer, you’re usually either unreasonably hard on yourself or jaded in vision. Mainly because you’re so connected with your story that you forget someone other than you are meant to read it.
4. Hire an Editor And Graphic Designer
Self-publishing can mean that you have to come out of pocket for an editor and graphic designer.
Some are hourly, and some have a base pay. The graphic designer is for creating a book cover or any images you want. So if you can draw yourself, then you can probably save on that cost.
5. Find The Best Place To Publish It For You
The most popular is KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). It’s free and easy to use.
Authors keep up to 70% if money from sales. Your e-book would be available for sale on Amazon.
Other use, there are similar offers that are also pretty nifty at places like iTunes, Barnes & Nobles, etc. Find what the platforms offer by doing your research and decide what the best fit for you is.
6. Select Your Platform
Format Your Book Accordingly And Publish On The Platform Of Your Choice!
Your book has to be formatted the way each distributor sites’ platform requires.
Microsoft word is lightly accepted, but PDF is always the best format for most places.
You’ll also need to provide things like the title, author, bio, description, categories, and other related info so that the distributors can accurately place you in search results. It helps with things like keywords.
7. Time For Marketing Your Book
Now, you have to get yourself noticed! Social media is a great way to build your followings. Get yourself a captivating cover and some graphics to post online and capture people’s attention! Some people get social media managers, and that helps a lot. Some people post and grow their following slowly themselves. Both are effective.
Marketing managers and consultants are available too. You could also use google and research different ways you can market yourself and your book or your brand. You can also use word of mouth.
I feel like this is one of the most critical ways to outreach yourself. Network with other writers and people you meet.
Just let people you know that you have a book available. There are many tools at your disposal. Use them.
So, the steps to publishing your book aren’t as difficult as it may seem, right? People make it sound so intimidating, but it’s not as bad. It’s a lot of work, and it takes time and money of your own, but don’t you think you’re worth the investment?
I’m sure that getting someone else to invest in you is an option also. You just have to know that you’re worth it and that your story is a story worth telling.
You get a lot of creative freedom when you self-publish, which I love, but a lot of those editing and cover creation costs can be covered with a company, and some people go that route because it’s less upfront costs for them. However, if you’re anything like me, then you are a firm believer in risking it all to have it all.
So now with these steps in front of you, are you going to publish with a company or go solo? Do you have a book idea already? Which distributor is best for you? Comment down below!