I chose to self-publish my book because I was originally going to go with a traditional publishing company, but I decided against it. There are many reasons why I did so, but it ultimately comes down to the amount of control I have over my book and how much I can earn off it in the end. With that being said, the process of self-publishing has been quite the experience and I wanted to share my story with you guys so that you can decide whether or not self-publishing is right for you as well. Enjoy!
What is self-publishing?
Self-publishing is when an author publishes his own book and is in control of how it’s marketed and sold. It also allows authors to retain all rights and royalties, which can later be sold off or licensed. Essentially, you retain control over your work so you get to reap more benefits from your hard work. Here are some pros and cons of self-publishing . The first decision for anyone publishing a book is whether to go with a traditional publisher or to self-publish? There are advantages and disadvantages for both options. A person who decides on the former option should prepare to get rejected more than once by publishers.
A quick guide to self-publishing
with so many traditional publishing houses in existence, aspiring authors have more options than ever before. While there are advantages and disadvantages of both self-publishing and traditional publishing, I opted for a slightly different route. Here’s why This post is longer than most, but I believe it’s an important topic that deserves its own dedicated space. It breaks down how easy it is to set up an account with CreateSpace or Kindle Direct Publishing (the Amazon imprint responsible for creating books that go out under their name), upload your manuscript and then purchase a proof copy (or galley) which is simply what it sounds like – one copy of your book as you plan on having it published.
Choosing your publisher
Some authors try and save money by publishing their own books. But if you’re going to invest in a book, you need someone on your side who is going to work hard for your best interests. A good publisher will be able to help you get off on the right foot and promote your book effectively. It can also give you more control over designing elements of your book such as cover art or formatting. These details can make all of the difference in ensuring that potential buyers see what makes your story worth buying. It may be easier than ever to publish an ebook, but with so many options available it can still be tricky deciding who should publish your next book.
Should you use CreateSpace or KDP?
Both of these companies are great for getting your books out into the world, but they do have some differences. If you want a bit more control over your publishing process, CreateSpace is great because you can upload your own cover and typeset. On KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), Amazon will take care of that for you. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though – Amazon has decades of experience making sure your book looks good on every device imaginable!
Kindle Direct Publishing Vs CreateSpace
The Quick, Simple and Inexpensive Way to Publish a Book on Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace. Publishing a book is something millions of people around the world are doing. Read on for tips about how publishing a book can get you started in your career as an author. You can even publish it online and make yourself available for readers from all over the world or keep it local just sharing it with friends and family. Either way is good! So let’s get started.
The methods here will teach you what it’s like to have your own ebook published and sell it at the amazon kindle store, but there are other ebook creators out there such as O’Reilly Media.
Do you need a cover designer?
Most of your publishing work will likely be focused on making sure your content is high quality as possible, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore your cover design. Your cover design is your first impression, and it must be professional and compelling. Don’t skimp out on hiring a professional designer to give you an eye-catching design that stands out from other competing books. You can also look into free options like Canva or Fiverr.
What if no one buys your book?
You’ve probably heard that 90% of books are never bought. That’s not entirely true. It may take a long time for your book to be picked up by publishers, but once you get picked up, it can stay in print for years. So how do you know if anyone will buy your book? Well, that depends on a few factors quality, name recognition and marketing expertise. If you don’t have any of these three things (and most people don’t), then you should really consider taking a different approach: self-publishing. A lot of books aren’t read simply because they aren’t marketed properly or well enough to make an impact in our busy lives…or because readers don’t even know about them!