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 these:
And I loved them. I payed him $60 for each and it was money well spent. It might cost you a little more if you don’t have a friend who can do this, but if you’re going to invest in anything on the self-publishing road it ought to be the cover.
#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 thank you for reading!