Are you ready to be an indie author? Do you know where to start, what questions to ask?
Often new self-publishers don’t know where to start! But if you think of it as simply a process and take each stage one at a time, it won’t feel so overwhelming. Here’s the short list …
- After you’ve read your manuscript over and gotten feedback from your audience, have it professionally edited. This includes making sure your content is ‘intellectual property’ sound – totally original or permissions and credits are in order.
- Register as a Publisher – you may want a separate business name or to use your author name.
- Set up your ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) – you need a different number for each format of book, e.g., hard cover, soft cover printed books; ebooks in different formats such as PDF, EPUB, etc.
- Draft your copyright page – get help from a qualified professional and/or legal counsel as needed
- Design with a designer (see point below), get feedback, compare your book cover – how is your book going to stand out from others, let your audience know what’s inside? (make sure you are using ‘intellectual-property’ sound artwork (don’t be fooled by the label royalty-free, read the fine print; or, if original, make sure you understand your artist agreement)
- Have the cover and books pages laid out by a professional designer – someone who knows how your content will be best presented in various media (print, online) and can prepare proper print and online files! This will save you time, frustration, disappointment and money.
- Make sure you see a proof (printed proof for books you are printing) – check over carefully, even if you’ve already read it over many times; get a fresh set of eyes, have your editor proof, at this point you’re likely reading what should be there vs what is actually there.
- Then, once all the corrections are made, let it go! The hardest thing that authors find to do sometimes is let it go, publish it – the tweaking has to end! Send it out into the world and, if by chance an error is discovered, correct it.
- Congratulations! You are now an officially published author … now the fun begins … marketing!!
If you are just starting out in writing your manuscript, check here for some ideas on how to get started.0