Welcome to the second week of my Self-publishing series. Last week I talked about what some of the differences between traditional and independent publishing are and why I chose the indie route. This week I’ll share some of the first steps on how to get started on publishing your book.
What are the first steps?
With everything, there is always a place you should start. So, when your getting published (indie or traditional), what is the first step?
I’m so glad you asked!
My answer is write. Write, write, write, and write some more until you are TIRED of writing, and your characters, and your writer’s block, and everything else, and your story has come to an end, then you can stop.
And when you’re to that point and you have an awesome rough draft to work with, let it sit for at least three days.
This is the fun, excruciating, and downright painful part. Editing. Your best friend and worst enemy. BUT, there’s hope! Once you have finished finding the nasty typos, horribly worded sentences (if you’re like me, anyway), and even worse grammatical errors, you will come away with a wonderful, beautiful story that is actually worth reading.
Find a few people to do what is called beta-reading. Beta-readers (sometimes also called alpha-readers) read your book and tell you that your main character starts out with blue eyes, but somewhere around chapter five, her eyes mysteriously change to brown (You might want to make up your mind). They can also find plot holes, historical inaccuracies (if it’s historical at all), spelling errors, grammar errors, and other inconsistencies an author has a hard to catching.
Go through the comments from your beta-readers.
Read through your novel again to check for typos
Send your document to a proofreader (more on this in the post on June 23rd). Proofreaders will catch the pesky typos you missed and make it just that much better and (hopefully) keep a few of the 1-3 star reviews away a little bit more.
Format your book. You can either do this yourself or get someone else to do it for you (more about this on June 30th).
Upload to whatever publisher you decide to go through. In my case, I upload Createspace for my paperbacks and Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing for my ebooks. I have found both of those sites easy to use. If you have any questions about it, feel free to contact me.
In between some of these things, you will have wanted to either make your book cover or had someone else do it for you (resources for this coming up next week). You will also want to upload this when you upload your document.
And there you have it. The basic steps to how to get your book published. Feel free to ask any questions either here or in the comments. I’ll answer them directly, and probably also add them to the FAQs section coming up next in this post (unless you specify otherwise).
Over the past few months, I’ve gotten some questions about self-publishing. How did you do this? What did you use for that? What about this particular detail? Some of these questions will be answered in later posts (see schedule below), but others didn’t fit into those categories, so I’m going to answer them here. If you have any other questions, please let me know and I’ll send you the answer as well as add them to this post.
Q: How does copy-righting work with self-publishing?
A: The same way it does with traditional publishing as far as I know. You put in your copyright page at the front (or back) of your book. Unless I am terribly naive (and that’s possible) and uninformed, that is all that is needed.
Q: When using Createspace on Amazon, how much of the funds do you get back when people buy your books – like, do you get the whole amount, or do you have to pay a percentage to Amazon/Createspace?
A: Good question. I had to go look it up. To answer your question, I’ll direct you to the article on Createspace that will explain it a lot better than I can. You can find the article here.
June 16-Self-Publishing: How to Choose What’s Right pt. 1
- What to do for yourself and what to pay for?
- ISBN numbers
- Cover Design (with resources)
June 23-Self-Publishing: How to Choose what’s right pt. 2
- Editing and Proofreading
- What is the difference between the two? (with resources for each)
- Should you do it all yourself or pay for help?
- Marketing Tips
June 30-Self-Publishing: How to Choose What’s Right? pt. 3
- Formatting: Guest Post from Penoaks Publishing
June 2–Self-Publishing: My Journey
- Indie vs. Traditional
- Why I Chose the Indie Route