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Read This Before You Consider Self-Publishing

Self-publishing is a fantastic platform for aspiring authors and people who want to get their book out there. Searching for a publisher for years with no success can be very disheartening, so a lot of people are now choosing to publish their own books.

Unfortunately this allows for a lot of poor quality books to appear on the market and on our e-readersImage. Some people just want to get their books out there and put little thought into the quality and appearance of the book. It means that excellent quality self-published books are getting harder to find. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

Don’t make silly mistakes when it comes to self-publishing your book. Make sure you do everything you can to publish a manuscript that you can be proud of. Here are some common mistakes people make when attempting to self-publish their books.

High Expectations

The first thing you need to know is that this is a highly competitive market. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out “Simply getting attention is an enormous challenge, although e-books have a longer shelf life.” You probably already know this, but just repeat it to yourself before you begin the process. Don’t get your hopes up too early in the game. It’s extremely hard to stand out amongst the sea of books that are out there at the moment, and it’s not going to get any easier. Have some achievable goals to start off with, so you don’t get disheartened.

Poor Editing

It’s very frustrating when you read a book that hasn’t been edited properly. It distracts from the story and makes a potentially good book seem poor quality. The best thing you can do before you self-publish your book is have it professionally edited. Then you will have a manuscript that you know is top quality and mistake free.

Unimpressive Cover

Your cover is quite literally what will sell your book. Even terrible books will sell if they have a strong cover. It’s definitely worth investing in a professional to design your book cover. Would your book stand out on the shelf amongst 100’s of other books? A lot of thought and consideration needs to go into producing a noticeable cover.

If The Quality Isn’t There…

People feel the need to self-publish just because they can. Do not put yourself out there if your book isn’t up to standard. You will end up wasting a lot of time and money. Be patient; if you think your book needs a little more work then allow time to improve it. Don’t try and publish it before it’s ready.

Poor Title

One of the major mistakes people make when self-publishing their own books is using a poor title. You don’t want your title to get lost. You need something unique if possible that will bring up your book when people search for it online. You don’t want to be 5 pages in before your book comes up. Be clever with the title and consider how searchable it is. Some authors try and choose similar names to very successful books but this doesn’t always work. First and foremost you need a title that accurately represents your book and is easy to remember, something that will stick in people’s minds.

Getting Taken Advantage Of

A lot of people who want to self-publish will pay companies thousands to bring their book to life. You need to find a printing company that is not only a good value, but one that has your interests at heart. Bill Goss of Book Printing Direct said “Look for a book printing company you can trust to produce high quality books at a reasonable cost.

Don’t let companies that are trying

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to make a huge profit at your expense take advantage of you just because you are desperate to make your dream of publishing a book come true.”

Not Knowing Why You Have Written Your Book

It’s important that you know why you have written your book and what the purpose of publishing it is. A lot of people who try and self-publish do so without really knowing why they wrote the book in the first place. Do you just want it printed for friends and family or are you aiming to try and make some money from selling your book?

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HELP ME Kickstart Write and Get Paid!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/denisegabbard/write-and-get-paidHi everybody! Those that know me, or have read my posts for a while know that publishing a book of my own is one major goal I have for my life.  Up to this point, I have ghostwritten several books, but my own book has only been a dream. When I worked for someone else full-time, I just did not have the time to devote to doing a bang-up job with it. Now that I WriteandGetPaid for myself, I do have the time to work on it– but putting together the seed money to get started has been an issue.  I have earned the equivalent of a master’s degree about the writing industry in the past five years, but finding the time to share with all of you by blogging about everything is a problem. If only there were no bills to pay..*sigh* and my big yellow dog did not like to eat:)   However, we all know that is just life!

I want to write a book, but….

There are many upfront risks involved with publishing a book. There are costs involved with hiring someone to design the book cover and do other design work, paying a professional to proofread and edit, paying someone with great techie skills to convert the completed work into a mobile digital format, printing and binding costs. Another huge expense is setting up and funding the marketing campaign that will sell both digital and physical versions of the book. After all, what good does writing a book to help folks do, if no one knows it exists? This book will be a major extension of what I have begun with this blog… help writers learn where to find work, how to get started, how to build a portfolio, and how to actually make a good living with your work. Of course, the title will be Write and Get Paid! 

So, here is where you can help! 

I recently came across a platform, Kickstarter, designed specifically to help fund projects in many different categories. It is pretty cool– people put information about their project up, along with rewards for the awesome folks that support each of the projects so that they become realities!

I browsed through the site a bit, and even found a project for The Cute Little Cake Shop, which just opened in our area. (They sell awesome cake balls…try them! They even ship if you are not local.)  So, obviously this platform works, because they were able to get the needed funding to get their little bakery set up and opened just before Christmas.

So, I have set the book up as a Kickstarter Project! I have the outline, and a number of the chapters written…but I am totally open to further suggestions about what to  include in the book. Here are the major sections of the book that I have so far:

  •          Do you have what it takes? http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/denisegabbard/write-and-get-paid
  •          Testing, testing…
  •          Common sense considerations
  •          Putting together your portfolio of work
  •          Finding Work that Pays–  Online,  Print, and Companies
  •          Making a name for yourself
  •          Publishing a Book (learning more about this daily)

What can you do to help?

Help me get the word out about the project! You can share it on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites and blogs you frequent, or even tell friends about it. Even if you cannot support the book project directly, emailing bloggers and other online media will help. Of course, any and all contributions are deeply appreciated as well:) You can find all the details here at Kickstarter.

What’s in it for You? 

Besides being able to tell all your friends that you are a patron of the arts, there are also some cool rewards set up for helping. I will thank you publicly here on the blog, as well as Facebook and Twitter. (Only IF you are okay with that.)  Digital copies of the book, custom bookmarks, acknowledgments in the book of your contribution, and copies of the professionally printed and bound book are available.  There are also other rewards set up… so won’t you take a peek at the Kickstarter project, and either contribute or forward it to someone who could use this book? Also, please leave me any suggestions you have for things you would like to see covered in the book!

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