Self publishing can be bewildering. While it offers exciting potential, getting your book printed — and then letting the world know about it via marketing — can be overwhelming. There are content and editing challenges, formatting and printing challenges — and managing them cost-efficiently isn’t easy. Many self-publishers I know find the publishing process more daunting than writing their books!
Luckily, there’s help at hand. An award-winning author and gifted instructor, my friend Hank Quense has taken everything he’s learned on his own self-publishing journey and gathered it all in one resource: The Complete Self-Publishing Guide. This guide takes you step by step through every stage of the process, from planning content and editing through getting a book in print, distributing and marketing it. Here’s an overview of the user-friendly tool Hank has put together to help us all:
Self-Publishing A Book: This compact ebook takes you through every phase of getting your book into polished, publishable shape and then shows you how to transform your manuscript into a high-quality book/ebook. Hank covers the pros and cons of indie publishers and self-publishing, editing your draft, getting an ISBN, designing a cover, formatting your text, working with freelance pros, and distribution.
Manage Your Self-Publishing Project: This ebook offers an array of handy tools and techniques for organizing all aspects of your self-publishing project so you can keep it on track and on budget. Everything is mapped out: timetables, financial issues, and how to orchestrate your launch for maximum impact.
Marketing Plans for Self-Published Books: This guide walks you through every aspect of promoting your book or ebook once you’ve launched it. Hank describes how to reach both readers and publishing professionals. He covers book reviews, social media, and leveraging other outreach tools to boost your sales.
Business Basics for Authors: This ebook offers practical, easy-to-follow advice on the nuts-and-bolts of being a professional author, from managing projects and record keeping to handling finances and sales revenues.