Advice on Self-Publishing

Hello again, everyone!

As most of you know, I am a self-published author, and lately people have told me they’d like to see more posts with insight into the writing process as well as advise for budding authors.

So here we go! Today I’m going to share a few things I’ve learned in self-publishing books.

#1 Hire Someone to Design Your Cover

This is a big one. A lot of self-publishing places like Amazon KDP allow you to design a cover for free with a cover generator, using stock images and fonts.

They all look bad.

Not necessarily bad, I guess. But you know just by looking at it that it’s a cookie cutter cover. And if you scroll through the self-published books, you’ll see multiple iterations of the same design.

Writing a book is an intensely personal journey. You’re baring your soul on the page for complete strangers. It’s a part of you. Hell, I was so invested in the first draft of my sequel as I approached the end that a time or two I accidentally referred to my daughter by the protagonist’s name, Abby.

So do your book justice and hire someone to custom create a design just for you! I approached an old friend to whip something up for me and I got this:

And I loved it. It conveyed the same tone of mystery and foreboding that the book itself contains. I payed him $60 and it was money well spent.

#2 Don’t Forget the Little Things

When I published His Name Was Zach, I almost forgot to include page numbers! That would have been embarrassing. So before you publish, grab one of your favorite books and flip through it from cover to cover, and make sure your book has all the trappings of a traditionally-published book.

#3 Manage Your Expectations

Everyone and their mother has self-published. There’s so many self-published books out there that the only way to get yours read is through aggressive self-marketing. And even then you might not get many sales. Lately my books have gone through a slump, I admit, and I haven’t had more than a sale here and there.

Don’t expect to upload your title and watch the sales roll in. The leg work is on you.

There you have it! If you have more questions, leave them in the comments!

And check out His Name Was Zach on Amazon Kindle by clicking here! It’s only 99 cents to download, or just $12 for the paperback. Check it out today, or toss it in your Amazon cart with all your back-to-school purchases!

Published by Peter Martuneac

Marine, Boilermaker, husband and father. I'm here to share my thoughts on all things political or philosophical.

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9 Comments

  1. The importance of #1 can’t be stressed enough. There are so many amateurish covers out there, and they give the impression that the contents of the book will be amateurish as well. And as Peter noted, stock covers give the impression that the book will give you the same old, same old. The cover for His Name Was Zack looks professional, and it’s striking. And only $60?! Worth the money many times over.

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  2. I love your book cover art. Money well spent! I plan to self publish my first set of books though I still need to get through draft one. Did you have Any one professionally edit your novel?

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    1. Thank you! I really liked the cover too, and I’ll probably approach him again about designing he cover for the sequel. As for editing, I tried to save up money for a professional editor but I could never afford it. So after six years of self-editing and others proofreading it, I decided to trust my own skills, and I think it worked out. A few of my Goodreads reviews, even a critical one, have mentioned that it was well-edited/formatted.

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