Self-publishing authors forego traditional publishing houses in order to get their novel out into the world on their own terms. They accomplish this by making the book available for print-on-demand, as an ebook, an audiobook, or by printing and selling physical copies of the book.
Here are some pointers for getting your creative writing into the world through self-publishing:
#1: Prepare yourself for the responsibility.
You will be responsible for more than just a great book as a self-publishing author. You’ll also be in charge of proofreading, book cover design, publicity, and researching self-publishing options. Fortunately, there are numerous resources available to assist you in this endeavor. Entire self-publishing companies have sprung up to assist new authors, whether they are writing fiction, nonfiction, or anthologies. Kobo Writing Life is a popular author platform for self-publishers. Createspace is the same way. Make the effort to conduct research in order to find the best platform for your work.
#2: Print-on-demand is a cost-effective option.
Print-on-demand publishing, in which copies of a book are only printed when someone orders one, is perhaps the least risky method in the publishing world. For print-on-demand novels, first-time fiction writers frequently turn to companies like Amazon.
#3: E-books are becoming increasingly popular.
Issuing digital copies of a book is even simpler than print-on-demand because it requires no paper or printing equipment. Amazon, with its dedicated consumer base of Kindle readers, may once again be a useful resource.
#4: Self-printing is more expensive, but it is closer to the traditional method.
You can self-publish books ahead of time in the hopes that they will sell later. This is sometimes referred to as vanity publishing. Some small bookshops will carry self-published books by local authors, but larger chains (the few that still exist) will not. If your book becomes popular, you will gladly sell your self-published copies. If it fails to find an audience, you may find yourself with stacks of your book collecting cobwebs in your house.
#5: Don’t forget about audiobooks.
Audiences today frequently consume novels as audiobooks. Audiobooks, like printed novels, can be published by a traditional publisher or by the author themselves. In either case, you’ll need a narrator, who may be required to record dozens of hours of prose narration. Be aware that if you have a great book idea, going straight to the audiobook stage is rarely a good idea. Every successful audiobook is essentially a reading of a previously published book.