The world of publishing is smashing through the glass ceiling and opening doors otherwise locked for authors. You’ve written a good story and now it’s time to send your baby out into the world.
I have an article to help you make the decision on how you want to publish.
Once you’ve thought about your options and decided to self-publish, then what?
4 Things To Do Before You Self-Publish On Amazon
- Get a fresh pair of eyes on your story. A critique, an edit, a beta reader. This one thing can make the difference between lackluster sales and great sales. Even Stephen King has typos.
- Go ahead and set up your profile on Kindle Direct Publishing. They have step-by-step instructions. You want to do this early so you can take some time to read their information on things like taxes, how you get paid, and royalty choices such as KDP Select. Do you live outside of the United States and need tax information?
- Get your social media set up and start selling yourself as a person. Here is my article on branding and marketing to help you navigate the world of tweeting, posting, blogging, or whichever you choose.
- An author website is a great place to keep all your publications in one place for your fans. They are easy to set up and free on places like WordPress and Weebly. I know WordPress the best, so I always recommend that one.
Want To Publish Wide?
Publishing wide means you are offering your book/s for sale at more than just Amazon. If you wish to publish wide, you cannot offer the book in KDP Select on Amazon.
I have fallen in love with Draft2Digital, and plan to use them to publish all of my books. It is free to use. All you have to do is copy/paste your book and cover, and it formats everything for you, giving you a couple of choices, and they are adding more free stuff all the time.
They have very easy to follow instructions and great support staff.
Here is the link I share for my first book, Voyeur in the Mist which includes all the stores I’m selling at except Amazon. I chose not to add it to this book at this time.
The link to my second book, The Cocky Stranger.
Finding A Cover Artist And Formatting
I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know people in the publishing industry. All the links I have here are trustworthy businessmen and women who I either know personally or come highly recommended, and they do a great job for reasonable rates.
Every book needs a cover. Not just any cover, a great one that grabs the attention of readers and makes them stop to find out more. The cover is your only chance to make a good first impression. Some of the prices may have changed.
Pre-made covers – Price: $55 (available genres: thriller, horror, fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, romance, general/other). * All pre-made covers are unique. Once a cover is purchased it’s removed from the website and cannot be resold.
Custom covers – Price $225. Cover design using image(s) provided by the customer: $150.
He offers lots of services and has some discounts.
Some samples of his pre-made covers. Click on cover for a larger view.
Some of the covers he’s sold. Click on covers for the link.
Taylor Sullivan, a great author with several publications, runs Imagination Uncovered. She offers formatting, creates book trailers on youtube, and she plans to have custom photo shoots available soon. Some of her pre-made covers. Click on the image for a larger view.
Run by Ally Hastings.
Some covers by Starcrossed Covers. Click on the image for a larger view.
Run by Jaye Cox, She has very reasonable prices.
For a standard book of up to 100k words (Ingramspark, each additional PDF is $22) Amazon and Arcs $44 D2D $22. Box sets $55-75 for Amazon. PAYPAL FEE $4
Samples of Jaye’s formatting.
Self-publishing is not as hard as it sounds. Once you finish making your story the best it can be, all you need is a cover, some formatting, and a few moments a day to market yourself. Give it a try. I’d love to hear your self-publishing journey.