How many editors do I need for my self-published book?

How many editors do I need for my self published book

Why hiring more than one editor for your book is recommended. Your structural editor and copy editor should be separate people. Editors are human and they too can make mistakes. Things get easily overlooked especially if they are already familiar with the flow of the story. Having a separate Structural and Copy Editor will make sure that what one won’t pick up hopefully the other one will. In traditional publishing it can take up to 12 months before a writer sees the book in print. This is due to the multiple changing of editing and proof reading hands that it does… Read More

The simple stages of self-editing before sending it off to a professional

simple stages of self editing

How to self-edit your book before you send it off to a professional editor What to do before sending your manuscript to an editor: Put your manuscript in a draw for a few months before you edit it. You are more likely to see the bigger problems with story lines, sub plots and characters because they aren’t living in your head anymore. Join a writing group or make friends with other helpful writers who can offer valuable feedback. This is how you can get beta readers. Take on board the comments that are only valid and constructive to your work.… Read More

When and why you need a book editor

Why and when you need a book editor

The lie self-published authors tell themselves. “I don’t need an editor”. Do you need an editor? Yes. Emphatically yes.   So what reasons do self-publishers use to decide not to hire an editor for their book? Here are the top three excuses I’ve been exposed to over the length of my writing and design career, and reasons why you should hire an editor for your book: Excuse number one: I can’t afford an editor. Then don’t publish your book. Wait until you can. Reach out to an editor and ask if they do payment plans. Perhaps offer a barter of services where… Read More

How to get above your competition in self-publishing

competition in self-publishing

Self-publishing competition Why should you research your self-publishing competition? Researching your competition will help you figure out: Where you stand against your competition If there’s someone else who has already published a book with the same title If there’s a book out there with exactly the same plot line? What the most successful selling books in your genre have in common What the biggest complaints about the books in your genre are- by checking out the reviews Similarities in design and promotion The quality of the work published “Without taking the time to research your book title before publishing,” says… Read More

Defining your niche and genre in self-publishing

Defining your niche and genre

What your niche and genre is and why you need it to sell your book The purpose of a niche in self-publishing A niche is the category and genre you write in, targeting specific topics or themes. A niche is to help readers find your book. A niche tells a reader that your book is specifically written for them. Yes, we want our book to be bought by every man and his dog, but that’s not reality and it definitely isn’t the best way to make money. Writing romance will not interest people who only like religious texts and writing… Read More

Keywords for self-publishing

Keywords in self-publishing

What are keywords in self-publishing? Keywords are used by your readers to search for your book, or books like yours. Keywords are used when you type something into Google, on Amazon they’re referred to as Kindle Keywords. Example keywords could be: Romance, fiction, women, mature, travel. By entering these words into Amazon or Google, the search engine will bring you book results that matches those best. Using the right keywords can make ensure longevity in book sales Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur gives an amazing run down of how his keywords in Amazon have kept his book at the top of… Read More

Being a business owner versus a publishing author

Are you a business owner, or an author? Start off as a writer but transform into a business person This is the standard process authors take to publish a book: Write book Get cover Prep book for printing Upload on Kindle Tell people you published book Wait for royalties to roll in… How closely do you follow this list? If you want to create an income from your self-published work, you’re doing it wrong. In fact, you’re doing it backwards. Derek Hains from Just Publishing Advice succinctly puts it: The current self-publishing model is doomed to failure because it defies… Read More

How many books can I expect to sell?

How many books can I expect to sell

How many books can an author be expected to sell when self-publishing? How many books do you want to sell? Before we get into numbers, how many books do you want to sell? How many would make you happy, would you consider successful? Is it a single number, like a thousand copies, or is it on a monthly basis, like 20 a month? Is it based upon how many people you’re reaching or how much income your books will give you? Deciding why you want to sell will help you figure out the best way to move forward from here.… Read More

Budgeting for self-publishing your book

Budgeting for self-publishing

How much should you budget for publishing your book? How much is your time worth?   Photo by Elti Meshau from Pexels Imagine a man visits you out of the blue, one day. You don’t know where or when. You don’t know if you will meet him in 10 years or 10 seconds. He sits down opposite you. He says, Which would you pick? Would you take the extra money to live the last week lavishly, or take the extra week to live as you are? What’s more important to you? Your time, or money? We don’t all have the… Read More

Writing for yourself vs the market in self-publishing

Writing for yourself vs the market

Should you write for yourself or a specific market? Why are you self-publishing in the first place? A few reasons why authors decide to self-publish: To make a million bucks Retire early Fame For everyone to know your name For people to consider you an expert Make money doing what you love Share stories with your family and friends To have passive income To show their high school enemies how much cooler they are Because they have information they want to share with a community Because they feel they have a skill ready to explore So after those reasons, are you… Read More