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 Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com. 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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