Unfortunately, some people have a negative perception of self publishing. This is because some self-publishing authors make detrimental mistakes that prevent their books from being taken seriously. If you want to be seen as a professional author with a successful book, be sure to avoid these six self-publishing don’ts:
1. Don’t attempt to create print-ready files if you don’t already possess that particular skill set.
You’re a writer; not a book designer. Leave this task to the professionals and focus your time on writing and promoting your book.
2. Don’t skip the professional copyediting.
No matter how great of a writer you are, you cannot edit your own work! It is too easy to miss mistakes because you are too familiar with your work. This task requires a professional. It is worth paying for professional editing services .
3. Don’t skip the custom cover design.
Most readers judge a book by its cover, so having an eye-catching, quality cover that professionally represents your book is essential. Most template covers will look and feel like a cookie cutter design, even if you make small changes to it. Invest in a professionally designed, dynamic custom cover unique to your book.
4. Don’t forget the back cover text.
Once you are ready to self-publish your book, one of the first things you’ll be asked for is your back cover synopsis and author biography. Don’t just throw something together without much thought! Readers will look at this and determine whether or not they should buy your book.
5. Don’t rush.
Sure, you are excited to self-publish your book, but don’t rush. Producing a quality book takes time. Be patient now, and you will be glad you did once you have a book to be proud of.
6. Don’t give up.
Some authors get so overwhelmed by all the options available to them when choosing a self-publishing company that they just give up. That doesn’t have to be you. Do your research, spend some time thinking about the decision, and then trust your gut. Don’t let fear stop you.
There are many great self publishing success stories! You can be one of them by avoiding these mistakes.
|ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.|
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Great list. Pretty much what I tell others. Self publishing may be a faster path to publishing, but it’s not a race. You get nothing for finishing first! 🙂