The Secrets To Self-Publishing That No One Is Talking About
Just do it, don’t complicate it
Self-publishing isn’t as hard as you think it is! Many people imagine writing a book is like a marathon where you have to be of the elite to accomplish such a task. You may even think you will sign up for the race and then you don’t even come close to finishing it, which you think might even be worse because that would mean you are just an utter failure. The simple truth is writing an ebook is just not that hard. It’s not and let me tell you why.
You can make a lot of money writing eBooks.
Ebooks take very little money to get published, sometimes even free, up front. Gone are the days where you have to spend time and money finding agents, publishers, and editors. You don’t even have to write query letters and wait by the mailbox for a response. Online retail shops like Amazon make it very easy to post your book on their site and they will not charge you until your book has been purchased. This leaves very little out of pocket expenses for you. Additionally, once you start receiving good reviews, your book will sell more and this creates a passive income for you.
You can write about anything and there is always an audience.
You don’t have to have your law or medical degree to write a book. Write what you know, whether it is a book on camping, or knitting; there is a demand for it. More and more people are turning to the world wide web to get information. Ebooks allow for content-specific information that is more in depth than a general Wikipedia page. Chances are there is at least a dozen topics that you could write about. Grab a piece of paper and list out things you know or even do consistently. You will be surprised with this brainstorming exercise what you might be good at and willing to share with others.
You might be able to snag an editor for cheap (or even free).
Join a local book writing organization, where local authors gather to converse about the industry. There are many associations out there for individuals that gather to motivate each other, discuss book ideas, and review current trends in the author world. Usually, this is where you will find half a dozen people that are willing to read your book and provide valuable input.
Family members are another great place to get a fresh set of eyes. E-mail out your draft to family members and friends asking them to review your book. Be wary of the response. You are going to have to navigate through and decipher what is good advice and what is poor. Remember they are not experts but some of them are going to provide conducive and practical feedback.
There are many freelance websites where you can contract out an editor or a book cover designer. Be sure to ask for a portfolio or a CV to ensure that they have proper expertise before you hire them though. This process might take some time to weed out possible applicants but ultimately you might get a good editor at a savory price point.
Ebooks are usually shorter than print books.
Generally, ebooks are shorter. The average print book ranges between 50,000 to 150,000 words. However, experts believe that ebook readers want to read a book within a few hours. Current trends suggest that online readership want fast, captivating stories. There are many reasons for this shift. Many ebook readers read on their commute to work, while on vacation, or at the park with their kid. They want the satisfaction of resolutions rather quickly to meet the demand of their lifestyle. So what does that mean for you?
- You don’t need to spend a lot of time invested on writing a book, just do the work.
- Your book can be concise and to the point. You do not need superfluous information to fluff or inflate your book.
- If you have a long book, try breaking it into a trilogy. Trilogies are really popular in the ebook industry and are very lucrative. People come back for more; they are invested in your characters and want to journey with them.
- The more books you write, the higher your chances are at gaining a following. They broaden your audience base and increase volume.
Many authors get ideas from other authors.
Peruse ebooks that are in your genre. Observe their voice and dialogue to get a good feel for the tone of the book. Identify the strengths of the book to try to emulate similar characteristics and elements with your book. How long was the book? What types of conflict were addressed in the book? Was the resolution satisfactory? Were the characters developed enough that you could relate to them? What didn’t you like about the book and would want to change?
The more you read, the better writer you will become. You will develop good writing techniques from reading from other writers. Furthermore, your vocabulary will expand and you can get a good sense of flow and diction. Even best-selling authors continue to read to develop their skills and generate ideas.
Reading elicits imagination. By evoking your imagination, this will spur creativity and stir up your own thoughts and emotions. You will be surprised at what shakes from reading from others!
Self-publishing isn’t as hard as you think.
Don’t make self-publishing harder than it has to be. This day and age, anyone can be a writer! There are few barriers to entry and YOU have a story to tell. The most challenging part of self-publishing is beginning. We tend to talk ourselves out of something before we get started, thinking that it is too complex or time-consuming. The thing is none of that is true. In the end self-publishing is simple and requires very little money, if any, upfront to get your story published. So go for it!