Self publishing has leveled the playing field. You can now compete with traditional publishing. It’s really easy. You put a book up on Amazon and then everyone buys it.
Yeah, it’s that easy.
I’m fairly certain I heard this at some point. Or maybe it was a dream. Anyway, I believed it. If you built it they will come, right?
Wrong. The truth is self-publishing is very, very, very challenging—especially for first time authors.
But there is good news! Here are a few simple tips and tricks to avoid headaches.
1. Give advance notice. Give two months notice that your book is coming out. If you have a newsletter, don’t forget to use it to announce the book.
3. Be realistic with reviews. Close to 50% of the folks who say they will leave you a review will leave you a review.
4. Promote your book. If you don’t promote it, no one else will. You should be proud of your book and look at your book as a way to serve and help others. Specifically, I like the buffering website Twuffer which is absolutely free.
5. Enjoy the process. You are sharing your words with the world, spreading a story or message that matters to you. While it is a ton of work, it’s also really fun and exciting.
Have you self published a book? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share? (If you haven’t self published a book, are you thinking about doing it?)