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Digital Pubbing Guest Post: Other Self-Publishing Tips

By on March 07, 2014 . Category Guest Posts

Self-publishing can be a challenge. To do it successfully, you basically run the business of you. Below are some additional things, aside from the writing, editing, marketing, and conversion, to keep in mind.

 

Self-Publish Writers Group

If you’re struggling, or even if you’re not, join a self-publishing support group. This can be an online forum, or even a meetup group, such as the Global Writers Society.

 

Writing Process

Before you write, create an outline. The more you plan, the easier it will be to finish your book, especially during those pesky middle chapters.

When you write, try not to get distracted. Use writing tools such as Write or Dieto keep you motivated.

Edit! You need both developmental and copy-editing to seem professional. Check out my posts on services for where to find editors. You can also try BiblioCrunchand WinningEdits.

Get beta readers. Ask friends and family to read your manuscript and give you some early feedback, even before you get an editor.

 

Copyright

Copyright your work. It costs $35 online, but don’t bother doing it until after you’re published.

 

Agents

Sometimes agents can help with self-publishing. Find them using Agent Query orArgo Navis Author Services.

 

Awards

Try and win some awards. They will help you get exposure! Check out The Wishing ShelfGlimmerTrain, and Book Awards for Self-Published Authors.

 

After Publication

Just because it’s published doesn’t mean you’re done. Experiment with pricing, keep your metadata updated, try new covers, etc. Follow up!

 

Other

Don’t get too discouraged. Sure half of self-published authors earn less than $500, but part of self-publishing is the satisfaction of having a book.

Book launches can be a great way to celebrate your accomplishment and get word-of-mouth promotion. GetPublishedTV has a great video that demonstrates how to launch a book successfully.

There are also websites with advice for how to become a bestseller.BestSellerLabs has a list of articles and videos that can help you. Good luck!

 

By Sabrina Ricci. Sabrina Ricci is an author and ebook developer who also teaches courses on Udemy, Skillshare, and Skillfeed about how to create ebooks. Her blog, Digital Pubbing (http://digitalpubbing.com) covers self-publishing, ebooks, and the publishing industry as a whole, and she is very excited to be a guest on Widbook for the next three weeks. This post was originally featured there. See the original one here.

 

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