There’s no single RIGHT way to self-publish a book, but there is a wrong way: that’s when an independent author works hard at writing the book, and then hurriedly puts it out there without thinking about how to reach readers until after the fact.
If you want to launch your book with care and you’re willing to put energy into the promotion process so you’ll have the best chance at selling books, establishing an author brand, and building your readership, here’s one possible path towards self-publishing success:
1. First, finish writing your book.
2. Then hire a professional editor to help you revise and proof your manuscript.
6. Put together your basic book promotion materials.
9. Now it’s time to promote your book on an indie budget — with these 20 thrifty ways to get your book out there.
10. Run a Goodreads giveaway.
12. Continue building your author platform as the date of your book launch nears.
13. Plan your own virtual book tour, including stops at various book blogs, publishing industry websites, podcasts, radio shows, and more.
15. Get more reviews for your book from bloggers, book critics, and more.
16. Explore a few of these free (or mostly free) book launch strategies.
17. Then throw an unforgettable book launch party.
That’s a lot of steps, I know, and I may’ve even forgotten a few along the way. But with some careful planning, a bit of gusto, and the aid of the internet, you can make the launch of your book a success without the backing of the traditional publishing industry.
BookBaby, of course, would love to partner with you to help make your writing dreams come true — from eBook publishing to printing physical books, to promoting your book, and much more. Check us out at BookBaby.com.
So, what steps did I miss in the outline above? Let me know in the comments section below.
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