WORK IN PROGRESS
Self-publishing makes it easier for authors to get their work out there. However, the information out on the web can be daunting. Having just gone through the process, I wanted to document for other Indie authors the steps I went through to publish my book. I hope this will make your path a bit easier.
- Write a great book.
- Get beta readers to critique
your plot, flow of the story, character development, etc... I had 5
beta readers. I asked them not to comment on editing or typos,
because I knew I would be hiring an editor later in the process. I
wanted my beta readers to focus on the story and content, more than
whether or not I was missing a comma.
- Once I had my completed
draft, I did my own round of edits, before turning it over to an
editor. I strongly recommend you find a professional editor to
review your book. There are a lot of great editors out there that
work independently and support Indie authors. Just ask around the
indie author / blogging community. You'll easily get a list of
names. I worked with Erin Roth, from Wise Owl Editing. I was referred to her by a book
formatter. Erin has edited many best selling indie author
novels. She was fabulous and blunt and she made my book
indie editors get booked up early, I recommend getting on their schedules
early. When I contacted Erin, she was booked out about 6-8 months.
- While you're booking your editor, I recommend also booking your cover designer. I worked with Sarah Hansen, with Okay Creations. She's one of the best in the Indie industry. I had to book her about 8 months in advance. Again, plan accordingly. She was so easy to work with, so responsive, and amazingly talented. If you can't wait for Sarah, then look inside the cover of some of your favorite indie books and see who they used to design their cover. Your cover designer will give you several images:
- Front cover image for Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords
- Front cover image for Kobo
- Front cover image for iBook
- .jpg for book cover reveals that show both front, spine, and back
- Paperback image for
- You should also book a
formatter. The formatter formats
your book so that you can upload it w/out issue to Amazon and
Smashwords. They book out early
too, but not as long of a lead time as a cover designer and editor. I used Angela McLaurin from Fictional Formats. You could try formatting the book
yourself, but I heard it can become
a frustrating experience of trial or error. I just didn't want to deal with
that. Angela sent me files for mobi
(Amazon), epub, pdf (Createspace), and word. Each of them uploaded smoothly to the
correct e-book website without any issues.
- Legal and compliance: You will need the following information before you set up your accounts on distribution sites like Amazon, Smashwords, and CreateSpace.
- ISBN - Createspace and Smashwords provide you an ISBN. Go to their website and just search on instructions on how to get your ISBN number. You need an ISBN number for each book type. For Amazon, I had to buy my ISBN. I got this on www.bowker.com
- Copyright - be sure to set up your
copyright for your book. They
require you to upload a copy of your work online. They whole process will take several
months, but as long as the application has been submitted and your work
has been uploaded, you are ok to publish.
This costs $35.
- Set up your
Tax ID. Get an EIN number. Go to the IRS website and follow the
instructions. DO NOT go to any
other website. There are a lot that
charge for it. You DO NOT have to
pay for it if you go to the IRS website.
- CreateSpace - for paperbacks
- Amazon - Kindle Direct Publishing
- Smashwords - Smashwords will automatically distribute your book
to ibooks, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, among others