Friday, June 6, 2014

What You Need To Know About How To Self Publish Your Book

By Sally Delacruz

Everyone has a story to tell. Some people are lucky enough to be able to tell their story in an engaging way that might inspire or move others. If you've always wanted to share your story with others, you may want to learn how to self publish your book.

One of the main reasons why many authors decide to self publish is that it's so hard to get a publishing contract with an established company. It's in fact almost impossible if you're an unknown writer and so, publishing your work yourself is a great way to make a name for yourself and build up a fan base. Moreover, you'll get to do things on your terms and retain your own publishing rights without having to pay large chunks of the profit to a multi-million dollar company.

Getting a book out is a long and difficult process but there are many professionals in the industry who will help you. One of the most important ones is an editor who will help you develop the manuscript and check the smaller details. A proofreader is important too because this is the person who'll make sure that your manuscript error-free.

Your book's lay-out and cover design can set it apart from the rest. Choose a font that is easy to read and especially if you're going to use illustrations or photographs, consider investing in the services of a lay-out artist. It's also best to get a professional to design your cover, since this is the first thing that potential buyers will see. In the publishing world, you can indeed judge a book by its cover.

Your book will need a unique identity number known as an ISBN. An easy way to obtain one is through online publishers. It's also important to protect yourself and your hard work by getting the copyright and having this on legal record.

An important decision to make is whether to publish your tome as an e-book or as a printed copy. Publishing online is easy and cost-effective. However, many people still prefer actual books, so you may have to get a book printer who will not only print the pages for you but will bind them too. Then you'll have to get these copies distributed to book stores.

Many people make the mistake of thinking that once their book has been published, they can just sit back and wait for the money to start rolling in. However, you need to let people know about the book in the first place because they won't buy it if they don't know that it's available. A good marketing and publicity campaign is essential for getting the word out.

When finding the professionals who can help you produce the book you've written, it's very important to make the right choice. People who don't have the necessary skills can end up costing you much more. Therefore, don't automatically accept the one who quotes the smallest amount. Find out what the market rates are and check the person's credentials and experience first. The ones most qualified for the job will probably be more expensive but they'll add value to the project and provide you with excellent quality.

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