Many writers who have yet to join a publishing company for their works are often put off by the very idea of having to do book publishing the old-fashioned way: by doing it themselves. Many writers are often put off at this very thought simply because there’s a wide misconception that self-publishing can be difficult and costly. When you read until the end of this article you’ll realize how untrue that statement really is.
The basics of self-publishing
Book publishing means you are now at a stage of your writing career whereby you are ready to go forward to publish a book. How do you know you’re absolutely ready? Well, a telltale sign is when you’re holding your finalized manuscript in your hands. When you’ve allowed more than a handful of critics and writers to read through your work and the general consensus is that you’ve got a gem in your hand.
Now, all that’s needed is to transform your manuscript into an actual book and for that, you’ll need to hire a designer, an editor or learn to do them all on your own.
Should you enlist the services of book publishing companies?
At this point you may still be unsure as to whether you should self-publish your book or to have a company do it for you. If you lack the time to do it on your own, then book publishing companies can get your book out into the market, completely edited and with a professional looking cover to boot. However, this service often costs a lot of money so if you’re up for a challenge and are looking to save a few dollars for yourself, self-publishing is the way to go.
Build your network of readers and fans
Many writers fail to realize the importance of marketing in the realm of book publishing and they suffer the consequences later on. Your book is just like any other product that is out in the market, without properly managed marketing to spread the awareness for your book, you won’t be able to get them into the hands of your readers.
Thankfully, there are a great many sources for self-publishers like yourself to build network with other readers and writers who are just like you. With any luck, you’ll be able to spark the interests of people who will be genuinely interested to pick up your book.
Pay special attention to your book cover
The basic rule in the world of book publishing is to have a very attractive cover because they help to give people a first impression of your book. You’ll want to have a very attractive cover so that people are compelled to purchase your book.