By Bobbi Linkemer
In Part 1, I shared some of the basics of self-publishing you should be aware of if you plan on become a self-published author. What follows are some additional thoughts on what you should know and do to be successful.
- Download or send for copyright forms. You can file with th U.S. Copyright Office. Even though your work is automatically copyrighted when you write it, this is an added protection.
- Secure an ISBN. You can secure an International Standard Book Number from R.R. Bowker. If you obtain one through a publisher, be sure it is in your name so that you will be the publisher of record.
- Have your manuscript edited and copy edited.
- Request testimonials to include in your book. You'll need these for your book cover and promotional materials.
- Send your book to peer reveiwers. Take their critiques to heart and make changes.
- Send out review copies of galleys. You don need to send printed books.
- Go over the printed book with a fine tooth comb for appearance, quality, pages, and printing. Check everything. Don't settle for less than perfect.
- Do a promotional mailing. This is when all of your hard work on brochures and creating mailing lists pays off.
- Write articles on your subject...and submit them to print publications and online sites.
- Think of book promotion as an ongoing, full-time job. The more you do, the more successful your book will be.
There is little doubt that being your own publisher is a big job but one that can bring creative autonomy, satisfaction and profit. Before you tackle it, be very sure you can afford the time, effort and money. If so, go for it!
[Bobbi Linkemer is a book coach, ghostwriter, editor and author of 17 books. Her clients includeFortune 100 companies, entrepreneurs and individuals. To visit her website, go tohttp://www.WriteANonfictionBook.com.]