VIDEO: Learn How to Publish a Book Yourself with Do-it-Yourself Self-Publishing and Own 100% of Your Rights & Royalties as Independent Publisher
So you want to learn how to publish a book yourself. For some, publishing a book is one of the most memorable and exhilarating successes of their lives. If you want to learn how to publish a book, you are at the right spot. I have helped over 100 books to be published. As an Indie Publishing Coach, I help you publish your own books and you retain 100% of your rights and royalites. I am not a publisher, but I help you publish–professionally and independently. Therefore, you retain 100% of your rights and royalties.
Basic Steps of How to Publish a Book
This article gives basic steps of how to publish a book and prevent the costly pitfalls of self-publishing a book. For me, publishing a book is one of the most significant events of my life. Bear in mind, publishing a book is a life event such as raising a child, getting married, and graduating from college!
Publish a Book with Independent Publishing
With decades of experience in the publishing, printing, and advertising industries, I have done all the hard work. Moreover, I have made all the mistakes in DIY Publishing (do it yourself publishing) possible! My passion is to help you get your book to the finishing line as pain-free as possible! Learning how to publish a book is an art and a science. I outline the basic DIY publishing preliminary steps for how to self-publish a book. This website offers DIY publishing tools, tips, books, and resources. Now, you too can feel the exhilaration of publishing a book and becoming a published author.
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Intent to Publish Agreement
Are you ready to start? Are you ready to take a leap of faith and make a commitment to publish your book? Then sign an Intent to Publish Agreement with yourself. Once you do that, even you aren’t quite ready … continue reading this article to get going; as this website also covers all the frequently asked self-publishing questions and more!
Can Anyone Learn How to Publish a Book?
You may wonder, “Will this article teach me how to publish my own book?” Yes! By detailing 4 steps of how to self-publish your own book, this article will set you up for self-publishing success. So, as the basis for self your publishing success, I advise that you make your own book using the on-demand book printing method, instead of short-run printing or getting published by a traditional publishing company.
If you want to know how to publish a book through a traditional publishing house, this article is not for you–it covers DIY publishing basics. I have worked both inside a publishing house and with print on demand. The book publishing industry has moved to digital publishing, and great options are found in self-publishing.
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Self-Publishing vs Traditional Book Publishing
It takes time and dedication to publish your own book through a major publishing company. Being financially independent with time on your hands would be best for this method. If you are not in this state, I recommend printing your book through one of the many self-publishing companies who use print on demand. Since publishing a book using print on demand is fast, cheap book printing; it hardly seems worth the long and involved process of submitting your manuscript to a traditional publishing company. With DIY publishing (do-it-yourself publishing) you can publish a book in a few weeks, depending on how long it is; and if you intend to sell it or not.
Advantages of Self-Publishing Your Book with Independent Publishing
When you consider that major booksellers only garnered a 19% market share of book sales in 2012 (Publisher’s Weekly); this leaves the large chunk of books purchased online. And traditional publishing houses primarily market most of their books through bookstores, and the bookstore market segment has become quite small. One of the major bookstore chains (Borders Bookstores) went bankrupt in 2011, and the other major book store chain may soon follow. Keep in mind, traditional book publishing companies are struggling and merging and making adjustments. Using the print on demand method to publish your own book will save you time, money, and frustration in dealing with the corporate world of a publishing house—and makes it possible to for you to make your own book! I have outlined four preliminary steps instructing you how to self-publish a book successfully.
Steps for How to Publish a Book Yourself
Step 1: Write Your Book
Obviously, before publishing a book, the first thing to do is to write the book. It does not have to be perfect! Editors and proofreaders will polish it once you enter the publishing process. In this article, I do not teach how to write a book. As a publishing coach, my specialty is teaching writers how to publish a book—how to publish a novel, non-fiction book, or how to publish a children’s book; and how to publish a cookbook. I teach my clients—the 3 stages to the completion of a book. They include writing the book, publishing a book and lastly, marketing the book. In other articles, I teach how to write, as well as how to self-edit your book to save thousands of dollars. Go to 10 Self-Editing Tips for a Smoothly Written Ride to learn this handy skill quickly.
.The Process of Writing and Self-Publishing a Book
Before embarking on learning how to publish a book, I suggest you first write your own book. Indeed, many resources are available to instruct you on how to write a book, including local writer’s groups, and books about how to write a book! In addition, I personally, have written many articles and produced many videos on this site with tips and tricks and writing hacks for how to write a book. To prepare the manuscript for digital publishing, write your manuscript in a Word document.
Once you complete the writing, you’ll need to consider editing. Hire a professional or ask a friend with editing skills to edit it, or wait a month or two, then pick it up and edit yourself. This depends on your budget and your skill level. The three stages of editing are content edit, copy-edit, and proofreading. You may hire three separate specialists for this, or perhaps one can do it all, but be sure to cover all three areas of editing. (See our “Definition of Publishing Terms,” which members receive after joining this site). Do not skimp on this no matter how tight your budget. Hire a professional proofreader to correct your writing; because after spending so much time writing it, you become immune to errors.
Once you enter the publishing process, stop the writing! Next, the second part of the first step of how to publish a book is to create the front and back matter. Notably, this includes the preface, introduction, table of contents, dedication, index, end notes, and many other parts that go into publishing a book. To learn more about what to include in the front and back matter you may refer to the Book Blueprint, by Deborah S. Nelson.
Step 2: How to Publish Your Own Book
Intent to Publish Agreement: Once a traditional publisher accepts your manuscript for publication; a signed agreement is done. Therefore, once you decide to publish a book, an agreement with yourself is a powerful and mighty step to propel you through the self-publishing process. This is DIY publishing at its best! Do not take this step lightly. Write and sign an Intent to Publish Agreement. You may get the original Intent to Publish Agreement created for her clients by Self-Publishing Coach Deborah S. Nelson here:
If you want to succeed in self-publishing your own book, make an agreement with yourself that no matter what, you are going to publish your own book by a certain date. The good thing about self-publishing is that you do not have a corporate publisher breathing down your neck; the bad thing about self-publishing is that you don’t have a corporate publisher breathing down your neck. As a result, two destructive things can easily set in… procrastination or perfectionism. Both can cause a failure to launch… and publish. It is very important that you make an agreement with yourself and at least one trusted witness. that you will finish your self-publishing project by a certain (realistic) date.
Too Many Cooks in the Publishing Kitchen!
Most of us have heard of the expression, “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth!” This is even more true with self-publishing a book. It is easy to make changes when self-publishing; and everyone that you are sharing with may tend the think of themselves as an expert. I have seen a few DIY publishing projects foiled, unnecessarily delayed, or the creative flow spoiled by the confusion of too many family or friend “expert opinions.” However, this is not a problem in traditional publishing because the publisher makes the publishing decisions. Therefore, one advantage to self-publishing your own book is that you have the greatest creative control. Indeed, there is a flip side to this. In Step 3, we give you the solution to this potential unprofessional situation that too often happens when publishing a book yourself.
Step 3: How to Self-Publish Your Own Book
Focus Groups: If you want to self-publish a successful, professional, cohesive book, resist the temptation to get everyone and anyone’s opinions about the book cover, synopsis, the font for the interior design, or any other isolated detail. “Everyone’s an expert,” it seems, and this situation has ruined many a book project; even doomed its completion. Yet, this is tempting because we want verification, support, and ego-stroking while going through the process of publishing a book. Consequently, it is key to avoid the potential nightmare of super critical friends and family who are “only looking out for your best interest.” Truth is, you can become easily confused and upset by contradicting opinions and proclamations about your book. Indeed, immobilization and procrastination can result.
One Major Self Publishing Dilemma Solved
This is what you can do to handle a typical self-publishing dilemma. Once you have written your manuscript, and prior to editing; call together a carefully selected “focus group” of trusted friends, family, associates. In addition, be sure these people are supportive of you and your growth, and genuinely want you to succeed. Although this does not directly impact your publishing or printing, it is a necessary part of learning how to publish a book yourself. Also, let them know that you will take their input and feedback into consideration from this focus group meeting. However, after that, the book will be in the publishing process and cannot be changed until final proofreading time.
How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish a Book?
The cost to self-publish a book varies tremendously. In my last 10 years as a self-publishing coach I have seen many unique approaches with clients. Although it is appreciably less expensive to publish a book yourself than with traditional publishing, there is a wide varience of self-publishing budgets affected by the following factors:
- Book physical requirements like color/black & white, # of pages …
- How much technical work author/publisher will do themselves.
- Cost to hire services like editing, proofreading, book cover design.
- Flow & timing of book project in wrong chronological order is costly.
- Adding on other publishing venues such as Kindle, and Audible, etc.
A general range is from “free” (hours and hours of time); to $15,000. The lower end will include massive sweat equity. The upper end includes a Kindle version, of course paperback version, and audio book as well. The upper end includes full service ghost publishing and/or ghost writing.
What are Steps Involved in the Self-Publishing Process?
To simplify, see the five basic self-pubishing steps listed below:
- Book Structure. Add title page, dedication preface, foreword and more. Decide on the peices for front and back matter, and order them.
- Book Cover: Hire a book cover designer to create your book cover. Sales depend on a well-crafted book cover done by a specialist.
- Book Interior: Design to flow with cover, as well as create chapter heads, page numbers, headings, organzing front and back matter.
- Create Title: Includes ISBN number, copyright office registration, and such legal technicalities. Upload book cover and interior files to print.
- Select Distribution Channels: This might include online distribution, or Books in Print availability along with creating a Publisher Brand.
What are the Benefits of Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing?
There are positives for self-publishing versus traditional publishing. However the answer to this question depends a few factors listed here:
- Avoid Rejection: If you have never published before, avoid the long rejection process with tradtional publishing. Talented writers are rejected in favor of celeb and famous authors by traditional publishing companies who are hedging their financial bets.
- Creative Control. Let your creativity run wild when you self-publish
- Get Published Fast. Publish a book in as little as 2-3 months once your manuscript is ready. Of course, this includes content editing, front and back matter.
What is a Self-Publishing Coach?
A self-publishing coach, or book publishing coach is much like a general contractor for builiding a home. A book publishing project requires a full time effort for several months or years, depending on the scope of the project. A good publishing coach can save a writer more money and time than they would have spent doing it themselves.
Your book coach coordinates, schedules, and budgets all services and activites to build a professionally published book. Most people cannot do these technical specialites and they turn to specialists. However, often they hire inexperienced specialists, which can become an expensive nightmare. You do no know what you do not know! For more info, see Self-Publishing Coach–Why I Do it and FAQ Self Publishing Questions.