7-step Guide that Self-Publishing Authors Do
Success in self-publishing is slippery but also a slope worthwhile once you get there. It’s not going to be easy. Every success story isn’t, but there have been countless of true tooth-and-nail self-publishing success stories out there. This only takes a little more effort and tactic on the author’s part.
We all have had the share of both good and bad experiences in life. And as this individual with a penchant for writing, like guidance counselors, indeed you have some very valuable experiences or insights you wish to share. Dare to follow your gut, take the plunge, and get those thoughts bound.
Here are some general tips on how to be a successful self-published writer:
Define your idea of success.
Picture yourself a few years from now and picture a structure of how you’re going to get there. It takes constant investment, hard work and repeating the same saying “I’m not giving up!” All this will shape the result of your triumph. Don’t fall back. Keep the spirit because success reaps when you sow it.
Write a genre that caters.
You have your own imaginative ideas; in fact, there are those difficult to cluster. Still the constant itch of putting it to market does not fail to cease. Before you do so, think this: Is my idea going to be sellable? Think about what people want to read, what hot topics are helpful, and what readers can gain from a topic you want to write. That’s first and foremost. It’s writing for what pleases the masses.
Integrate a good book cover.
They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but the truth is, many people judge. A cover gives a reader a pretty good overview of what they’re going to expect.(click to tweet) So make sure it looks both professional and appealing. Find a good artist that matches your concept.
Create a luring book description.
Next to the cover that readers take notice most would be the book description. Make a book description something very tempting to read. Not a brief, easy summary, but something that entices to buy and flip to the first page right there.
Build a careful plan and implement it.
Pick what’s relevant and what’s relevant only. According to successful self-publishing author of the historical novel The Bitter Trade, Piers Alexander states “It’s about having clear goals and a sense of what you do and don’t want to do with your books…all the successful and “lucky” people I know are persistent, courageous, committed and hardworking. Maybe I’m quite persistent, at least.” Have a good sense of what you want to happen for your work and think about how to market it well.
Be digitally smart.
Using accurate keywords and metadata to optimize your book’s ranking and exposure, creating a website with a dedicated newsletter, blogging and acquiring book reviews, and giving away freebies like author commentary, are all going toward the right road in earning that successful self-published novel. The internet is the key!
Engage your audience and your promoters.
To add to the previous advice, social-networking is highly powerful. Be it Twitter or Facebook, keeping contact with your audience and professionals exposes you as an author. Content marketing, content marketing! Get in touch with your readers, and don’t be afraid to contact your promoters (this includes successful writers because they’re your best advice givers). Have your work showcased in popular websites, and allow your fan-base to grow exponentially via exposure and word of mouth.
Successful self-published authors do not become successful self-published authors without the extra toil and planning they added to their years of trial and error. Did you know that successful kindle e-book authors earn a range of $15,000 – $19,999 per year? Mark Dawson, a fine example of a kindle e-book success story, used Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, and has sold more than 300,000 copies to date in his book series following the assassin main character John Milton. It’s not all that difficult. It’s all about good preparation, good strategy and real hard work, really. Begin your success today!