First of a Series
Everyone dreams of being a published author. However, the definition of published has become broader. It’s within your grasp. Being published is a key goal in a writer’s life, a goal you can take control of — if you follow all of the steps in this series. Being published is a process that involves other artists, readers, professionals, and writers.Your greatest asset to complete that process is to take control of your desire. You’ve must harness desire to deliver the goods for your dream. In this series, I’ll break down each step, so you know how it works. Self-publishing your book follows a pattern classic to publishing.
- You create a story, and improve it through revising.
- You create one brief, one longer, and one comprehensive summary of the book. It’s your pitch, query, and calling card.
- You workshop with other writers to gather responses to your story, using those responses to create your final draft.
- You create your platform, before the book is complete, to build an audience
- You hire an editor to assess your book, and to guide your revisions to the story.
- You revise one last time, before submitting your book to copy-editing and proofreading tasks.
- You design your printed book, both the inside pages as well as the covers.
- You design and build files for ebooks: Amazon, as well as other outlets such as indie bookstore ebook shelves.
- You schedule and specify for production and organize delivery of printed copies, as well as your ebooks.
- You register your book with an ISBN number and a UPC code.
- You distribute the books in stores of several kinds: book chains, independent stores, and online stores.
- You tell the world about your book, encouraging reviews of all varieties. This final and essential step launches you as storyteller into the world, using your platform to introduce your written story, as well as attract an audience.
Steps 1-4 are the same for publishing as for self-publishing. On Step 5, things start to change. The editor in that step is one which you hire — in the same way that a publisher has hired its editor to help an author revise a book.
Like a good Tarentino movie, this series going to look at these out of order, starting with Step 5. We’ll double back to do Steps 1-4. That’s because your first four steps will be the same if you’re going to SelfPub, or Traditional Publish (TradPub). Then we’ll go on to Step 6.
You hire for steps 5-11, but you can do of those some parts yourself, depending on your skills. Step 12 is the same for either kind of publishing. Publicizing is the writer’s work to do for almost the entire life of the book. A publisher helps arrange initial interest, and might be able to schedule reviews. But tools like Amazon, GoodReads, even LibraryThing — these are yours to manage. More