So you’ve decided you want to write that book you’ve been thinking about seemingly forever. And you are considering self publishing since it’s so hard to get the big publishers interested when they receive thousands of manuscripts from aspiring authors each year. If so, the first thing you need to do is to spend some time creating a plan. Doing this at the onset will save you countless hours of time and frustration later on. Include the following steps in your self-publishing plan:
- What’s your objective or what are you trying to achieve? Do you want to publish a book for just your family and a few friends? Or, will your book be targeted for a much broader audience.
- Visit your favorite book store and go to the section that features books of the type you plan to publish. Find one or two that you feel are similar to what you’d like yours to look and feel like and buy them. Take them home and carefully go through the books. There’s nothing like real life examples to help finalize your vision as well as the details of you book.
- Choose a desktop publishing software program for creating your manuscript. The most common one used by thousands of authors around the globe is Microsoft Word.
- If you’re writing a book with illustrations, as is the case with most children’s book, consider hiring a professional graphic designer. Using a graphic designer for your book cover is also a great idea. Many years ago, the head of a major publishing house said that every book needs to have a unique look and feel considering its target audience. A prospective buyer or reader will first be attracted and get to know a book by its cover.
- Have your book edited by someone other than yourself. This can be done inexpensively by friends or local college students that are majoring in English.
- Select a printerthat specializes in book production and get some quotations for several different quantities. Remember that the cost to produce a book goes down as the number or quantity of books ordered goes up. Some self-publishing book printers allow you to get an instant quote on line. Many book printers will also answer questions and provide tips on finalizing your book for printing.
- Develop a plan to market your book and yourself. There are three really good organizations that can provide additional information and support to authors planning to self publish. One is the Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network or SPAWN, the second is the Publishers Marketing Association or PMA, and the third is the Small Publishers Association of North America or SPAN.
Book manufacturing companies like CMYK Graphix, Inc. offer options for authors considering self-publishing as well as other tools to help promote their work. For more information about self-publishing, contact the experts at Cmykgraphix.com, call them at 1-800-698-2071, or email them today.