Up to now in this series, I’ve discussed whether or not your book is ready to be published, being realistic about your sales expectations and saving for taxes, and pursuing the best publishing path for you.
Let’s say you decide to publish the books yourself. On this blog, we have articles already written dedicated to the “How To” of getting your book out there.
Where to Publish (if you self-publish) by Ruth Ann Nordin and Janet Syas Nitsick
Some Handy Formatting Tricks (for ebooks) by Joleene Naylor
Making a Paperback Interior Book File for CreateSpace by Ruth Ann Nordin
How to Get a Cheap Book Cover (This is a book Joleene Naylor wrote on making book covers or tips on finding a good cover artist.)
Okay, so you got your book formatted and the cover ready. Now what?
How to Publish with KDP by Joleene Naylor
How to Publish on Smashwords by Joleene Naylor
How to Publish on CreateSpace by Joleene Naylor
How to Use Cover Creator on CreateSpace by Joleene Naylor
There is also the Smashwords Style Guide by Mark Coker
I think that is all the how-to articles we have for actually publishing your book. The other sites (Nook Press, Kobo Writing Life, etc) will be similar. If you can publish on the sites above, you can publish directly anywhere. Personally, I’ve decided it’s easiest to publish on KDP to get into Amazon and then publish on Smashwords to distribute everywhere else.
After publishing directly to Nook Press (Barnes & Noble) and Kobo, I realized it is difficult to balance a lot of books in all those places. If I have to make a change to the book (say someone found a typo), or if I want to change the description or book cover, it is a real pain to go to multiple sites to do this. I currently have 58 books (almost 50 of which are romances), and it is a lot easier to keep them all at two places instead of four. So recently, I’ve gone back and de-listed everything on Kobo and Nook Press so I could use Smashwords to distribute them to those channels for me. I know that is a little off-topic, but when you are a new author and thinking of where to publish, something to consider is how you best want to use your time. If I could go back in time, I would have just kept everything simple by uploading to KDP and Smashwords. I would never have gone direct to Kobo and Nook Press. So I’m passing that along in case it can be useful to anyone reading this. You will increase your chances of success if you simplify your life. Simplifying your life allows you to focus in on writing more books.
Okay, not that I’ve rambled on about that, I have some advice on marketing and promotion:
We pretty much do promotional ideas on a regular basis on this blog, so I won’t bog everyone down links to all of those. What I will do, however, is point anyone interested to two free books Mark Coker has written on the topic. These are, in my opinion, the best resources on book promotion out there, and better yet, they are straight forward and to the point.
Smashwords Book Marketing Guide by Mark Coker
The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success by Mark Coker