Getting a publisher or literary agent to represent an unknown first-time author is about as likely as winning the lottery.  It happens, but not often.  Most aspiring authors eventually realize they’re wasting time pursuing publishers and agents and seek alternatives.

Self-publishing your manuscript as an e-book is a cheap and easy alternative publishing method.

Thanks to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, most anybody can upload their completed manuscript to the publishing platform.  And it doesn’t cost a dime, just a little of your time and some minor frustration.

Voila!  You’re a published author.

But despite the fact that Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program offers plenty of free photos to use as your book cover, there are potential pitfalls to this alternative publishing method you should consider before pushing the “Save and Publish” button.

The worst mistake is publishing your book before its ready to be reviewed on or Barnes&  Get other folks to read it, correct punctuation and spelling errors, take notes and offer constructive criticism.  Demand their honest feedback, no sugarcoating, and make changes accordingly.

If you don’t produce a good product, unimpressed readers will write cutting reviews that turn off your audience and torture your ego.

Push the “Save and Publish” button only when you know you have it right!

If you do get it right, and more and more readers download your e-book and write glowing reviews, consider self-publishing a paperback version.  Reinvest the royalties you’re earning from your e-book.

There’s still a large audience that prefers reading from the printed page.  As your e-book sales and reviews have proved, they’ll want to read your paperback version, too.

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4 thoughts on “E-Book Self-Publishing

  1. I really like how you discuss an alternative to traditional publishing. What do you think is the primary benefit of going the traditional route over self-pub, since self-pub is so much quicker and guaranteed?


    1. Hi, Steven. I’ve been self-publishing for over 30 years. I prefer having control over my books and making the money, rather than getting a minimal royalty. On the other hand, a traditional publisher that’s built up a large distribution system can get its authors in libraries, book stores and other outlets that are most difficult for independent self-publishers to approach. That’s the one setback to self-publishing that I just can’t match. Thanks for asking that question. It’s truly the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing.

      Best Wishes,

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