I joined up to a few webinars and read an awful lot of blogs but still felt like I was still on a dark path to the forest of no-where. Since publishing, I have had a few people ask HOW I did it so I decided to share my knowledge with you so your path to self-publishing is a peaceful stroll in the blossoming parks of Spring!
If you already have your content, great! You can skip this bit. If not, work on creating your content in a good old MS Word document. Don’t worry about pretty finishes or anything at this stage – just get your ideas on paper..(er, screen)!
Once I had the content down, I sent my content off to an editor so ensure everything sounded as professional as I had imagined in my head. The wonderful Susie Campbell at Little Black Book Marketing edited and enhanced my text and sent is back with track changes so I could see what she had changed. Susie also wrote a press release for me which I used to promote my book once i had published.
An ISBN is a number that identifies your book when being sold through distribution channels. You CAN NOT publish anything legally and sell it without an identifier. I used Thorpe-Bowker to register my ISBN and barcodes.
Now you have all of your content and files, its time to publish! The Publisher I used is Ingram Spark, part of the Ingram Content Group. It’s is free to join as a publisher, and it costs around $50 to submit a title. They handle everything from your Amazon accounts and distribution of your title. You will need to allow at least a month for this step, particularly if you are getting a printed proof before you publish.
And that’s it! All you have to do now is promote your book. Some ideas? Set up a facebook page, send a press release off to your local media and anyone who may be interested to drum up sales. And don’t forget to check out my book – “Guide to creating your business image and branding”.
“If you’ve ever been baffled by design and print jargon and just want the job done, then this guide is for you! Simple, easy to understand and leaves you sounding like a pro! A must have guide. 5 stars for documenting what we have all been asking for for years!” – Little Black Book Marketing
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