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How to Figure Out the World of Self-Publishing

So, you’ve written a book. Congratulations! After making it through the milestone of writing the first draft, going through multiple revisions, and finally getting a polished product, you’re ready to send it out to the masses. But how do you actually get it into the hands of your customers? What’s the best way to format an e-book? What company should you work with to get all of this done? Should you go with single-channel distribution or multiple? Though there are too many aspects of self-publishing to talk about in this blog, we can touch on the general steps you need to take so you can get your book out to the public where it needs to be.

Hire a Copy Editor

Even though you may be the wordiest of wordsmiths and a grammar queen, it’s still worth it to invest in a copy editor to look over your book to check for anything from simple mistakes to a reorganization of paragraphs or chapters. Search online for a freelance editor who has experience editing for authors who self-publish and those who have expertise in editing in the genre of your book.

Hire a Layout Artist

The first thing you’ll need to do when you complete writing your book is to get it in the right format. You’ll need a table of contents and headings, not to mention making sure that your paragraphs bottom out nicely at the end of pages. You could try to figure this out yourself, but the hours it would take you to learn a layout program like Adobe InDesign might not be worth it from a time perspective. Luckily there are hundreds of professionals out there who specialize in formatting print and e-books and can get your book ready for the printing process (or the digital print process if you’re publishing online). Many virtual assistants have graphic layout skills that could fit the bill.

Now You’re Ready to Publish

Now that your copy looks great and your formatting is done, you’ll need to figure out how you’re going to distribute the book. Self-publishing has never been so accessible or so easy to figure out, but you’re still going to have to make a few decisions once you get to the final product. You’ll first have to choose from a variety of companies that will take your copy and make it available for platforms like Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You’ll also have to decide whether you just want to produce an e-book, an audio book, a print book or a combination of formats. Research for these options is another task that can easily be delegated to a virtual assistant, saving you lots of time.

Though there are tons of decisions you’ll need to make on your self-publishing journey, at the end of the day you’ll have your very own book—which is worth all of the work it took to get there.

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Posted on May 10th, 2017 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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