Tips on Self-Publishing: How to Publish a Book
Do you have a book that you are dying to see in print? Actually writing the book is one thing, but getting your book published is quite another. In fact, putting words to paper may be the easiest part of the process – at least you know that you are in complete control of what you write and when you write.
Getting the book published is a lot more difficult. J. K. Rowling’s first “Harry Potter” book was rejected by twelve separate publishers. Looking back now, she can laugh about it, but at the time, it was a huge blow. So, not only do you have to worry about the perfect characters and dialogue, but you also have to hope that your book makes it out of the publishing house’s slush pile. Maybe you are looking at things the wrong way.
If you were to ask someone thirty years ago how to publish a book, the answer would be simple – make your case to the publisher and hope for the best. Nowadays there is another way to publish your book. You can pay to have it published yourself. The advantages are that you get to control every aspect of your book and you can have it done immediately. You can have a hard copy of your novel within a few weeks.
It is more work for you, but as long as you find a great printing company and you are willing to market the book, you have a really good chance of success.
Find a Good Printer
Finding a good printer is not an exercise in finding the cheapest option. While the cost of self-publishing is a factor to consider, finding the right printer will actually save you money, even if their initial package is more expensive. A good printer will be able to help you with typesetting, getting proofs out, and cover art where necessary. They should allow you to run shorter prints to help you keep your costs down.
Finding a good printer means doing some research upfront. Search online for printers that have received good reviews. The geographical location of the printer is not a huge factor, so look locally and nationally. See if you can find examples of their work and ask for references if you like.
Basic Steps to Publishing a Book
The steps to publishing a book are quite simple. Write the book, edit it perfectly, get it typeset and then get a proof made up. Check the proof to make sure that there are no further revisions to be made.
One of the most common, and costly, mistakes made in publishing is not taking the time to proof read your own work. Yes, you can have it done through a professional editing service, but once it goes to print, any little spelling or grammatical error is permanent! Proofing the work will help avoid the embarrassment and potential friction that may be caused between you and your print provider.
Then the book can go through for printing.
Should I Use Short Run Printing?
When it comes to the question, “How to get published?” one area where self-publishing might be a problem is that you have to pay upfront for the books to be printed. A publishing house often has special deals with printers and is good at gauging how many copies to print. For the self-publisher with little or no experience, it is a little harder. That’s where a short run printing can pay dividends. With short-run printing, you do need to order a batch of books. The number will depend on the printing company.
The advantage is that you can budget more effectively and you end up paying less per book than you would with on-demand printing. The advantage over traditional self-publishing models is that you don’t have to sit with a few hundred copies of your book that you can’t sell. Short run printing makes the process of self-publishing more affordable overall for you in the long run. While there is some capital outlay in the beginning, once you have the books, the profits from selling them are all yours.
Self-publishing your book can be a very smart move – you get your book out there and never have to worry about making out of an editor’s slush pile again.