A Handy Self-Publishing Checklist for Writers!

If you are a newbie writer, you would understandably not have much experience in self-publishing a book. This is quite understandable, but if you are going to self-publish a book of your very own, you should know that it takes a lot of preparation and foresight if you want to succeed in self-publishing your book. This is because the self-publishing process entails you to do most of the work yourself. 

You are also expected to pay for the whole process yourself.  So before you set out and self-publish a book of your own, you should really have a set plan. That way, once you do get started on the self-publishing process, you won’t have that much trouble. 

Here is a handy self-publishing checklist for newbie writers:

  • Target market

If you are going to self-publish a book of your very own, the very first thing you should do is identify your target market. This is because your target market is your guide. By knowing your target market, you will be able to pattern your writing after their preferences. 

You will also be able to use your target market as a guide when you start your book marketing campaign.

  • Edit your manuscript thoroughly

Before you even think of self-publishing a book of your very own, it is important that you edit your manuscript as thoroughly as possible. This is because any editing mistakes on your part, will come back to haunt you later. Remember that readers are usually very critical of self-published books. And any mistakes in grammar, spelling, and punctuations could damage your overall reputation as a writer. So before you set out and publish your work, you should triple check every aspect of your work. You can even hire a professional book editor to look through your work. It can be a bit expensive, but it is far better to hire a professional than to be embarrassingly called out by a fan later on.

  • An attractive book cover design

If you want to catch your potential reader’s attentions, you should do your best to make your book stand out. And the best way to do this is to come up with an attractive book cover design. You can try making your own book design if you have the background and talent for it. 

But seeing as there are a myriad of professional book designers out there, it would be better if you just pay for their services. It may cost you a bit of money, but the peace of mind and a professionally made book cover design is really worth it. Just make sure that you do a thorough background check on your potential book designers.

  • A book marketing strategy

Although it may seem too early to start thinking about the book marketing strategy, it is better to have one as early as possible. This is because the book marketing arena is very competitive. And if you don’t have a book marketing strategy as early as possible, you might find yourself floundering later on. 

So take the time and brainstorm your book marketing ideas. One great book marketing strategy is to use social media marketing. This is because social media is the most widely used media form in this day and age.  

It is also very affordable compared to traditional book marketing methods. And if you can use it effectively you will be able to expand your influence to numerous demographics. Overall, having a book marketing strategy is a must if you want your book to sell well. 

  • A book marketing platform

As it was stated earlier, you should have a book marketing strategy as early as possible. It is also important that you set up a book marketing platform of your very own. And the best way to do this, is to create your own author blog. 

Through your author blog, you will be able to conduct your book marketing campaign from a place of strength. You will be able to post examples of your work. You will be able to post excerpts of your book, short articles and book reviews. 

An author blog is also a great place to reach out and create a fan base for yourself. It is also relatively free so you can save up on book marketing costs.

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