10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing


Today’s authors have started to catch on to the fact that they no longer have to depend on and pay a third-party publisher to do the work that they can do themselves by self-publishing. Self-publishing is no piece of cake, but these books have all the potential to be best sellers and major moneymakers just like their commercially-published counterparts. Whether you’re sold on having endless artistic freedom or complete control over your work, self-publishing is a rewarding task and terrific option for authors who are willing to put in the extra effort. Here are 10 things you need to know about self-publishing:

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  1. Just been through the self-publishing process myself, with fantastic results. You couldn’t tell ‘a little book about believing’ from any professionally published book.

    The hardest parts were having the discipline and the follow-through to make sure the standards were 100% professional every step of the way, with no compromises. I hired a great designer and had smart people edit the manuscript. But the biggest tip I can give: don’t be precious about your work. Be open to comments, and trim and shape it accordingly. Otherwise the material will be self-indulgent and flabby.

  2. I am fascinated by the courage and commitment shown to get your own work published by yourself. Owing to illness I have been forced to change a high-flying CEO career ladder down to ground level and now face a future working for no-one except me. I have taken much advice, all contradictory, about proofreading and copyediting as well copywriting. Any tips? At 57 i have much energy, knowledge and experience in the english language and am an accredited TEFL trainer, which I use in the world of business to familiarise foreign businesspeople. I am not unintelligent but find the whole new area very daunting. But I am determined to succeed. Any tips? (I thought i’d ask again in case you missed it….)

    Dr Ian Rigby, DBA, MBA, BA(Hons)and a string of meaningless professional associations.

  3. I just had a book self published by Xlibris. I had a ok experience if I had known what I know now, I would have had a great experience. For my next book, I am more Knowledgeable about what kind of format to use. I thought since I had paid for a professional service, then that what I should have gotten.

  4. I published with Xlibris also. I found that I paid for services that I ended up doing myself. I thought I would have more help from them since this was my first book. I went with another company next time. I guess that is the “self” in self publishing.

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