Hey there, Lifers! Welcome to your one-stop guide to the world of self-publishing. Whether you're a newbie dipping your toes in for the first time or a seasoned pro looking to scale up, this guide will teach you (or remind you) of vital points we should remember at every step of the way!
Self-publishing means you're not just the author, but also the publisher. You own your work, control the creative process, and reap the rewards. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility!
From cover design to editing, marketing to distribution, self-publishing has costs. Budgeting is crucial. Consider options like Amazon's KDP program or royalty splits through Amazon's ACX program. Remember, investing in your book is investing in yourself.
With millions of books out there, how do you make yours stand out? Creativity is key. Not just in your writing, but in your marketing, your book cover, even your author bio. Dare to be different.
Think beyond traditional book signings. Consider virtual readings, podcast interviews, or even creating a book trailer. The sky's the limit!
Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, Smashwords - there are so many platforms to reach your readers. But don't forget about print-on-demand services and audiobooks. The more avenues you explore, the more readers you reach.
Engaging with your readers is crucial. Social media, newsletters, author websites - these are all tools to connect with your audience. Remember, people don't just buy books, they buy into authors.
It's a direct line to your readers.
And unlike social media algorithms, you control it.
Reviews, good or bad, are a goldmine of information. They can help you improve your writing, understand your audience, and even shape your marketing strategy. Embrace feedback; it's the breakfast of champions.
What does success look like to you? Is it hitting a bestseller list? Making a full-time income? Receiving fan mail? Define your goals and celebrate every win along the way.
So there you have it, Lifers! The ABCs of self-publishing.
Remember, this journey is yours. Own it, enjoy it, and never stop learning. Here's to your Bestseller Life!
I'm Michaelbrent Collings, an international bestseller and produced screenwriter, as well as a multiple Bram Stoker Award and Dragon Award finalist, and maker of a fair-to-middling chocolate chip waffle.
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