There are many writers out there that are interested in turning their dreams into a reality. But there are issues with becoming a self-publishing author. Simply put, is the story you created is what readers want to read? While this may seem inane, it’s highly relevant. Think of it as marketing research. In essence, you would know what the audience is looking for and how to market a book. There are many pros and cons but let’s focus on how to go about getting your content self-published.
- Choose a reputed service – As you’re getting your book published, figure out how to get your book converted and distributed. It’s a step above traditional publishing. In most cases, publishers and publishing services companies will already have deals with distributors to get those books out there in various forms and on various platforms. As a writer, you have to ask yourself one question, how many stores do you want to hit? A few or a lot? The right distributor will provide the right outlet. Your job is asking the right questions.
- Choose the right font – This comes down to a creative choice. The font means everything as it related to the content of the book. Writers and publishers have to work together on this one as it could make or break a book. As a self-publisher, doing a simple Google search will provide the right information you need. The font changes with the genre or type of book you wish to publish. For example, an existing book about industry may suit a sans serif font, but “old style” serif typefaces like Garamond and Minion could also provide good context. It highly depends on the type of book you’re publishing as well as the actual content.
- References – This may seem like an odd choice. But it makes sense in the larger framework. Simply put, as a self-publisher, you have to be aware of all the variables. If you’re creating a textbook, it’s very important to get your hands on graphs, illustrations, charts, tables etc. The more references you use, the more likely your eBook will become more visible.
- Metadata – There aren’t a lot of people who will tell you about this. First of all, what is metadata? It’s data that describes and provides information about other pieces of data. It’s an important factor when it comes to self-publishing as keywords will help get your book noticed by the larger public. Provide realistic keywords which will make it easier to search for the type of book that readers are looking for. It’s what will attract readers to the site that you’re marketing your book on.
- Copyright – The rule of thumb is that as you put pen to paper, you should think about copyrighting the contents of your book right away. Being a self-publishing author, there’s a higher level of scrutiny that is required to protect your authored work. To register the book, go to your local copyright government website and register the piece of content. Fill out the online form, pay the fees and register your name and your eBook/book. It’s as easy as that.
With the variety of digital services available, the author has a very good chance of self-publishing their own book, journal or textbook. Like everything else in life, a little guidance goes a long way.