10 Essential Self Publishing Tips
Self publishing is the new
vogue for authors.
Gone are the days when you had to write your
manuscript and send it out to thousands of
publishers in the hope that your work would land
on the desk of the right person.
Self publishing a book is easy once you know how.
And here are 10 essential tips that you really
must follow if you want your published books to be
1. Study your competition
Look at all the books already available on your
chosen subject and make sure you're not just
rehashing what's already there. Ensure your book
is different from the rest so that it really
2. Always have marketing on your mind
Have a marketing plan before you start writing.
Think of who your potential readers are, how
you're going to reach them and how you're going to
entice them to buy your book. Then pick a
publishing date and work towards it. Finish your
book well in advance and start promoting it at
least 4 months before it's published.
3. Write for your target audience
Be certain you know who you're writing for. Don't
pick a topic that only you and a handful of others
are interested in. And don't write a book full of
personal opinions or tirades about anyone or
anything. Keep personal writing for your own
4. Have a great title
Your book's title can be the most important thing,
so choose it carefully. Use a subtitle as well if
you want to further explain your book to your
5. Use a professional editor
Don't ever think that you can edit and proof read
your own work. No author can or should. You are
always too close to your own work to see its
faults so use a professional.
6. Educate yourself.
Self publishing really is a business so you need
to approach it in a professional manner. Done
properly, self publishing your own books can be
7. Set out the interior correctly
Your preliminary pages need to be set out
correctly and the rest of the interior of your
book needs to be inviting to read. If you're not
sure how it should look, just take a look at the
interior of some books in your subject/genre to
get some general ideas.
8. Don't leave anything out
Make sure your book has all the necessary
components including an ISBN, barcode, subject
9. Create an impressive cover
People say you shouldn't judge a book by its
cover, but we all do. So make sure that your cover
is not just impressive, but is also suitable for
your book's subject/genre.
10. Market and promote your book all the time
No one loves your book as much as you do so market
it as much as you can, as far as you can and as
enthusiastically as you can. Use every medium that
you can to publicize your book including
newspapers, radio, television and the internet.
Write articles on your subject and plaster them
all over the internet, on as many blogs, article
directories and web sites as you can find.
Once your book is written, marketed, published and
is producing thousands of sales, then it's time to
write your next book.
About The Author: Ruth Barringham is a freelance
writer and online marketer and has been writing
professionally since 1999. She started her own
publishing company in 2007 where she publishes all
her books and e-books. She also has an
inspirational website for writers at
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