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Self Publish or Traditionally Publish

You've written your novel and now you want to know if you should self publish or traditionally publish. Unfortunately, I can't answer that for you but here are some things that might help you in your decision.

 

With any business or company that you are going to work with, please do some research. Do not just take my word whether I think someone is good or not, go and find other reviews - the good and the bad. And ask the company or business a lot of questions before you sign with them. Know what you are getting into. There are a lot of resources for you as an author to find answers, use them. Reach out to other authors and ask their experiences.

 

Do your RESEARCH. Check Reviews, talk to other authors, know what you are getting into. Ask a lot of questions.

 

Traditionally Published

Due to the changes and competition, who you sign with will make all the difference. That is if you can get someone to take you on.

Generally traditional publishers look after:

  • editing (but some don't)
  • book cover
  • the layout
  • the formatting
  • ISBN
  • Bar code
  • the publishing - paperback and ebook (check to make sure)
  • reviews (some don't)
  • marketing (some don't and all will expect authors to be doing their own marketing as well)
  • generally they control what can happen with your book - where sold, price, etc.

Self Publishing

You as the author are responsible for everything. You can hire parts or all of it out but be sure to do your research.

  • editing
  • book cover
  • formatting
  • layout
  • printing/publishing
  • ISBN
  • Bar code
  • price
  • where selling
  • if outsourcing some or all - who and cost
  • control over what happens with your book
  • marketing

If you decide to self publish, below you will find some resources and tips to help you on your journey.

Preparation for Self Publishing

Following the right steps to ensure you are ready to look at publishing.

Finish Writing the Novel and the Rewrites
  • make sure your story makes sense
  • ensure all things are tied up by the end
  • ensure consistency i.e. your character's eyes didn't change from blue to brown
Send to Your Beta Team
  • send you story to your Beta Team (5 - 8 people) to read
  • ask for feedback - what works, what doesn't, did it lose them anywhere along the way
Rewrites and Edit
  • review feedback and make changes as necessary
  • edit for grammar, spelling and sentence structure

Pre-Publishing

This is where you make sure that you have all of the things you need so that you are ready for publishing.

What formats?
  • paperback
  • hardcover
  • ebook
  • audio

 

Book Cover
  • professional looking book cover
  • if doing paperback and ebook - ensure you have two (they are formatted differently)
Setting the Price
  • ebook - generally between 0 and $7.99 - the sweet spot seems to be $2.99 to $5.99 
    • check what other indie/self published books in your genre are priced at
    • do not price too high, readers won't pay it
  • paperback book
    • $12.95 to $17.95 is probably the best range but will depend on costs to print
    • check out other indie/self published novels in your genre, what are they priced at
The identifiers
  • ISBN - will need a different one for each format you publish your book (eboo, paperback and audio)
    • free in Canada
    • $125 each in the US
    • can get free if use a company to publish, to print your novel or an aggregate - but they own the ISBN not you
  • Bar Code (paperback or hardcover)
    • need to purchase that
    • choice of three formats
      • just the barcode with the price
      • barcode and have the price also printed above it
      • barcode, the price and name printed above barcode

Publishing

The steps you need to follow to self publish

 

 

With any business or company that you are going to work with, please do some research. Do not just take my word whether I think someone is good or not, go and find other reviews - the good and the bad. And ask the company or business a lot of questions before you sign with them. Know what you are getting into. There are a lot of resources for you as an author to find answers, use them. Reach out to other authors and ask their experiences.

 

Do your RESEARCH. Check Reviews, talk to other authors, know what you are getting into. Ask a lot of questions.

 

 Do It Yourself
  • formatting - ebook, paperback
  • uploading to ebook companies - Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
  • using aggregates - to expand your reach to several other ebook sellers, libraries, etc.
  • printing of your book - choosing who to print it and distribute
  • audio - doing up your own audio book or hiring someone to do it for you (if choosing to do this)
You can hire a company to do it all or just part of it
  • you can hire a company to do all of the publishing steps - expensive and watch for addons
  • you can hire companies to do part of the whole process
    • editing
    • book cover
    • to create the paperback (i.e. Create Space or Ingram Spark)
    • formatting and uploading ebooks
    • aggregates that upload your ebooks to all or most of the sites

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