Self Publishing: (Tips, Advice, Where to Start)

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Every writer’s dream is to create a collection of their work and share it to the world. It is every aspiring author’s goal. Publishing a book is an insightful journey, but it is no doubt a long process.

Self publishing a book takes a lot of time, effort, and patience. I noticed some first time authors prefer self publishing over traditional publishing. The major difference between the two is cost and management. Self publishing could be free or more affordable depending on the service, it also gives you the right to have control on your own craft. Thankfully, I was able to experience it and I can share some tips and what you need to know.

GET FAMILIAR

DO YOUR RESEARCH! Browse through self publishing services. Weigh out your options. Know the procedures and the process that comes along with it. The service I used was Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. It is free and has made the publishing process easy for me. If you want to know everything about Kindle Direct Publishing, click here

LOVE WHAT YOU’RE CREATING

It is important to value your own craft. If you don’t, you will lose interest and inspiration to continue. When you do things with love and passion, things will slowly but surely come into place. You are writing a book, which is something to highly value. Becoming an author is a tremendous achievement. Your book will be held on the hands of different people, that realization could motivate you to strive in making the effort to accomplish your goal. 

TAKE YOUR TIME 

Time is wealth. Do not rush the process, take your time to adjust and make sure what you’re creating is perfect. I suggest setting a time limit when you are halfway complete, that way it could motive you to continue and pick a release date. If you make a time limit at the beginning of the process, it will be difficult to catch up because it is a learning experience that requires patience. One mistake could be crucial to your brand. The most difficult part personally was formatting and editing the manuscript. I didn’t have an editor to look over it. It is highly recommended to have an editor to look over any grammar or format mistakes you have made. If not, review it 20, 50, or 100 times until you know it is perfect to be uploaded and published.

 

Don’t Compare Your Journey/ Success to Others

This is an important lesson that I learned to implement and still do. Comparing your journey or success to others could damage your growth. Which will then lead to self doubt. If anything, use them as inspiration. But remember that you are capable of reaching success. Everyone’s journey is different and that’s the unique part about it. What we all share is our determination to reach our ambitions and goals.

Overall, I recommend first time authors to self publish. The main reason is because you may want your first book to look and be a certain way. The good part is that you can always edit and make changes before officially publishing in your own time. In my opinion, I wouldn’t want to self publish forever. But I’m glad that I had the experience to do it despite the long time and effort that it took trying to figure it out. If you are thinking about doing the same, I say go for it. The link I provided earlier is the perfect guide to start!

If there are any questions, feel free to comment and I will gladly respond to them. 

 

Allia Dahmes

Founder

 

Sweet Cultivation is a collection of poetry and prose that examines the themes of faith, loving God, and experiencing the sweetness of growth. Available internationally on Amazon. Purchase your copy here!

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