Whether you are a DIY aficionado, a World War One enthusiast, a dramatic storyteller or you simply want to transform an exciting family history into print, self-publishing might be the route for you.
Recent years have seen an explosion in the number of writers who have made a good living from self-publishing without the hassle of finding a publisher. With the rise of vlogging and social media, this sort of publication is now seen as a great way to cut out the middle man. Some writers have gone onto acquire lucrative deals with established presses, others like Fifty Shades author EL James, have gone on to make a film franchise. You could be one of them!
Get it out there
Self-publishing is a lot like self-marketing. Once you have written your manuscript and you are satisfied that the public is ready for it, you need to decide which platform you want to publish on. A host of options are available including big names like Amazon and Kobo.
Make use of local experts to promote your book. If you want it to get good, legitimate reviews on Amazon to boost sales, consider sending freebie copies to Amazon reviewers with expertise in texts like yours. Their endorsements will give you the clout you need to attract other readers.
Get in on the conversation
Be savvy with your use of Twitter and other social media; engage your potential audience in a dialogue about issues related to your book. Follow other authors who write books like yours to target your promotion to people who are likely be interested in what you have to say. Getting the seal of approval from more established authors themselves via social networks is a fabulous way to get exposure for your work.
There is a lot to think about in self-publishing. It is worth investing in this part of the publishing journey to make sure you get it right. Download our ‘How to Self Publish an eBook’ Diploma for more tips and information.