I was inspired to write this post from James Harrington’s Blog of Geek and Writing.
Here’s the link to his original post:
As someone who has several novels / stories in the works (A never-ending cycle, it seems), I’ve gotten more and more curious about self-publishing in the last year or so. I have nothing ready to self-publish as of yet, but I like to plan ahead!
Jim offers this advice, as a self-published author on Amazon. You should be prepared to pay for the following:
- ISBN Numbers
- Copyright registration
- Editing and Reviewing
He brings up some excellent points. Before reading his post, I knew that having someone else design the cover, as well as hiring someone else to edit and review your work, would definitely be worth the money. However, I didn’t think about ISBN numbers, copyright registration, and advertising.
Jim says that if you do decide to self-publish, you should be prepared to spend at least $400 at an absolute bare minimum. However, it’s also wise to spend a little more if you want your work to reach more people! (Don’t we all?)
Jim’s post made me research a little bit deeper. Keep in mind – Everyone has their own opinion, and the Internet is chock-full of advice about self-publishing.
There are so many avenues available now – It made my head spin! There’s CreateSpace and IngramSpark, and then a massive number of independent publishers. A Google search for “self-publishing” is almost overwhelming and panic-inducing.
Here’s a few links:
- The real costs of self-publishing (Amazon Author Insights)
- Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know (cnet)
- Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book (Jane Friedman)
- How To Self-Publish A Print Book (The Creative Penn)
A lot of these articles tend to agree on several items:
- Purchase your own ISBN (International Standard Book Number).
- Hiring “book doctors” and getting it copy edited by a professional.
- Don’t just choose one medium – Consider publishing in print and e-book formats, and even audio books.
- Marketing is key.
- A good cover design is immensely helpful.
- Do your pricing research, and be mindful of the different percentages of the price that each company takes (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible, etc.) when a copy of your book is sold.
The bottom line – The publishing and self-publishing worlds seem to be constantly evolving. It’s hard to keep up with!
But, I’m glad that I have bloggers like James, among others, who are willing to write posts, offer advice, and answer questions!
Have you self-published anything? If so, what was your experience like? Can you offer any advice?
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂