Choosing to Self-Publish

Choosing to Self-Publish

When Choosing to self-publish, the author chooses to publish their own book, and embark on the self-publishing journey alone, taking responsibility for obtaining an ISBN, finding an editor, an interior designer, and a cover designer accomplished in Photoshop and Indesign. Then they must determine how to list their book on online bookstores, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The author can use Createspace, Amazon’s book publishing service, if they choose to, or they can engage the services of a self-publishing company to do it for them, saving them time and potential hassle. Doing something for the first time can pose its own problems, and who needs problems?

A Viable Alternative to Traditional Publishing

Self-publishing has become the alternative to traditional publishing, whereby the traditional publisher takes full control over the author’s manuscript, as well as their rights, for those authors lucky enough to win a publishing contract with one of the top publishers, such as Simon & Schuster. These days, traditional publishers expect their authors to promote themselves through their author platform, as well as through twitter and Facebook.

7 Keys to Successful Self-Publishing

In saying this, choosing to self-publish involves a number of factors that need to be considered by the self-published author. Joanna Penn, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, has written 23 books, and has sold over 500,000 copies of her books in 84 countries,and in 5 languages. Joanna Penn is an Indie author who knows what it takes to self-publish successfully. This is her website, The Creative Penn. In the following documentary, she focuses on 7 key factors an author needs to consider, if they choose to self-publish.

These key factors are:

  1. Decide on your definition of success
  2. Sort out your writing process
  3. Understand your target market
  4. Write books that people want
  5. Write books that people can find
  6. Write a book series
  7. Think multiple streams of income.

Should you wish to learn more about the above 7 keys, it is best to watch this documentary: