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Publishing your own book

 

 

Self Publishing for Beginners

 

 

Self publishing is not for everyone. Maybe you think you don’t have the ability to put your thoughts on paper. Other authors are surely born with a natural talent. Aren’t they?

The good news is you don’t have to be a literary genius although naturally you need to be able to express yourself in a way that entertains readers. You might have a biography in mind, a children’s book, a DIY manual or a novel. Take heart as many authors once had the same doubts as you concerning their writing ability. It really can be done.

The spark that sets off your idea for writing a book can be the title of a song, an image or maybe something said to you. After that, it’s up to you. The result of this idea might lead to something special. Once the book is complete it will be yours and unique to you. But now comes the difficult bit. If you want to see your book published, presumably to make money, you submit your work to a publisher. Maybe a mainstream publisher but certainly not a vanity publisher (see link). A great starting point to learn the details of self publishing is http://www.completelynovel.com/self-publishing/how-to-self-publish

The contents are detailed and thorough. If you are near to the end of the book or preferably just having started, this information will stand you in good stead. However, to conclude, here are a few points worthy of mention: research your book and if it is a novel then know your genre; proofread the book or get an online proofreader to do it for you; find an online publisher. If you are going to do most of the self publishing yourself then fine but otherwise look online for one that suits your needs. Finally, most importantly, you must decide upon a plan of action to market your book. No matter how wonderful the book is, you’ve wasted your time if no one is there to read it!

With that, the best of luck. Pick up a pen and paper and go for it. 🙂

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