Before you self-publish your new book, make sure you are ready
Too often, new authors get carried away with all the excitement of becoming a published author and rush way too fast into self-publishing.
When this is done, without working on building the necessary marketing and promotional tools beforehand, it is then a never-ending game of catch up.
What should have been an exciting book launch, ends up being a total fizzle, because few people apart from the author knew about the new release.
The process of uploading a Word file and a cover image and self-publishing the two as an ebook is extremely easy.
But without the necessary work before hitting the publish button, it is like throwing a bottle into the ocean and hoping someone will find the note inside.
The far better way to successfully self-publish is to get the basics in place first, well before publishing.
Here is a must do seven-point checklist to help first-time authors avoid making the classic mistakes that are difficult to correct after publishing.
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Hey there! I know many of my readers aspire to publishing a novel, and many of them write fantasy and science fiction, so I put this post together to help them. I did a post like this a couple of years back, but it needed updating!
Many publishing houses won’t accept submissions except through agents. If an author’s hoping for a big book deal, it probably makes sense to try to find an agent first. (And don’t submit to publishers while you’re looking for an agent. If someone is considering representing you, it’s going to be awkward to explain to them that four publishers have already turned you down.) Signing with a great agent can feel like winning the lottery, but even then, it can be a long road to the contract of your dreams.
But what if you haven’t been able to find an agent? Or you suspect what you’re writing is a little weirder or more niche than what agents are looking for, or if you’re just in a hurry?
Here’s a roundup of publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts. Most of them are smaller houses, but a few are pretty big names. I’m including publishing houses that have open calls now and again, even if they’re not open to unagented submissions at the moment.
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Kristen Lamb provides us with an excellent article on her blog about the ‘Writers’ Journey: Newbie to Mastery. She is such an excellent advisor to all of us newbies. Thank you so much Kristen!
Mastery is peculiar in that spectators see whatever the professional does as ‘easy.’ From starting then running a successful business, to playing guitar to writing brilliant screenplays, masters rarely seem to even break a sweat.
Same with authors. With the pros? Their stories flow, drag readers in like an unseen riptide only to release the exhausted and elated audience at The End.
Mastery, to the casual observer, appears seamless and effortless.
Everyone Begins Somewhere
I’d like to offer a glimpse of what the journey from Noob to Master is really like so you can set expectations accordingly. This will keep you pressing, and from being too hard on yourself. First and foremost, it’s vital to relax a little and give yourself permission to be new.
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