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Initial Considerations for Self-Publishing

by Ron Kurtus (revised 6 November 2014)

The initial considerations for self-publishing a book starts with having a great idea of a book you want to write and get published.

Although many people have vague idea of the market for such as book before they start writing it, you really should write a book proposal and do a market analysis first. Then you can write with a better focus.

At some point, you want to consider how you will get the book published. Some send out query letters and their formal proposal to agents or publishers. However, another route is to self-publish your book, primarily starting your own publishing business.

Once you have the business in place, you can produce hardcopy and e-book versions of your manuscript.

It is very difficult to get a self-published book into bookstores and libraries. In publishing your book, you really need to aim at the Amazon distribution channels. Then you can try other outlets. When you publish your hardcopy book or e-book through CreateSpace, IngramSpark, Lulu, or other publishing services, you can also purchase their distrbution service. In some cases, it is free.

Then you get the books into distribution channels. You need to promote your book to get people interested in it. You can also personally and sell your book.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.



Write a book proposal

A book proposal defines what your book is about and who the intended audience is. It examines the demand for such a book, as well as the market for it. Part of this is market analysis.

Although formal book proposal can be sent to agents and publishers, its value is in giving you focus and motivations for writing your book.

Decide to self-publish

On determining the various routes to get your book published, this material concentrates on self-publishing. It looks at doing things professionally by starting up your own publishing business and handing the marketing and promotion of the book.

Start a business

 

Publish your books

The publishing process consists of formatting your manuscript for both a hardcopy version (p-book) and digital versions (e-books). Files are sent to several printers that include distribution channels, such as CreateSpace for Amazon.com distribution.

You must publicize and promote your books, as well as to personally sell copies.

Summary

The first consideration for wanting to write and get your book published is to write a book proposal or do a market analysis first. Then you can write with a better focus.

You need to consider how you will get the book published. Some send out query letters and their formal proposal. However, another route is to self-publish your book, primarily starting your own publishing business.

Once you have the business in place, you can produce your hardcopy and e-book versions. Then you get the books into distribution channels. You need to promote your book to get people interested in it. You can also personally and sell your book.


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