Being a writer can be a thrilling experience, but it comes with some uncertainty. The imposter syndrome of questioning whether you really are a writer if you aren’t officially published can be an added hurdle to overcome.
It’s no wonder, then, that the self-publishing market is expected to grow at a 17% CAGR, with over 300 million self-published books being sold each year. These numbers illustrate just how beneficial self-publishing can be if you’re a writer passionate about having a voice. If you’re looking to self-publish a book, let’s explore how you can go about it.
What Goes into Self-Publishing a Book?
Being a writer is more than just putting words in the right order. It requires work to publish and market your books and build your brand as an author.
Here is how you can self-publish a book, no matter what genre it may be:
Write Your Manuscript
The first step towards becoming a self-published author is writing and editing your manuscript.
Depending on what you are passionate about, your manuscript may look different. You could write a children’s storybook, a memento, a collection of poetries or short stories, a novel, or any other type of book you wish.
The possibilities are endless, and you simply have to find your niche interest and target audience. You don’t have to limit yourself to writing either; your book can also be a picture essay or a book of artworks if that interests you.
Edit Your Drafts
Before you publish your book, you must first edit it. This could require several rounds of writing, rewriting, and switching things up to ensure it matches your vision. This process involves polishing up your book to eliminate errors, make appropriate changes, and ensure that it is cohesive and expresses your ideas coherently.
You can edit your book yourself or ask a beta reader or editor for feedback and assistance. In any case, ensure that you are happy with your final draft.
Format and Add Illustrations and Images if Needed
Once the essence of your book is ready, it’s time to format it to ensure that when it is printed or published as an e-book, the layout is satisfactory and aligns with your vision.
You can also add illustrations and images if needed, as these will have to be placed appropriately during the formatting stage.
Publish and Market Your Book
The last step involved is publishing your book and marketing it to reach your target audience. Your publisher or agent can assist you with this, but you can also market it on your own, within your social circle, through social media, or other platforms where you can spread the word.
Self-publishing is a thrilling and exciting journey but requires some work. To ensure that you can enjoy the experience and achieve success, knowing how to publish and market your book is crucial.
Elite Online Publishing will guide you through the process and do all the work to ensure you can thrive as a writer and reap the fruits of your labor by becoming a #1 Bestselling Author. Apply to work with us today!