Cautions & Recommendations Before You Self Publish
As an ex bookseller, I would also offer a few cautions and recommendations.
Have a professional editor proofread your work. Some of the POD (print on demand) operations print exactly what you send them, unless they also offer editing services.
Do you really want even one copy, let alone hundreds riddled with poor grammar, spelling and incoherent sentences? Yes, it does happen. Remember, each copy has your name prominently on the cover.
Shelf Space & Promotion
In all conscience, a bookseller or librarian cannot promote, let alone give shelf space to books which are below par.
From your own professional point of view, you want the book to reflect well on you. For a bookseller or librarian, their credibility is also on the line.
They are running a business operation. Yes, libraries are bound by budgets, staffing and time constraints too.
Make It Easy For Others To Support You
They will most likely be very supportive of local authors, but to be treated professionally, you need to make sure you conduct yourself professionally and have a professional product. Shelf space, promotion in a newsletter, and author events are a time consuming, and often expensive commitment. Please do not ask the bookseller or librarian to critique or proofread your book.
Hire A Professional Author or Editor
If you are not a professional writer, you can have a book ghostwritten. At least have it proofread. A good editor will not change the essence of your message or story. They may even work with you on suggestions.
My Personal Recommendation
I can recommend Lillie Ammann as an editor who has worked extensively with authors who self publish. She offers a free ebook about self publishing to get you started. It is a compilation of 14 posts from her excellent blog, A Writer’s Words An Editor’s Eye.
Create Your Own Asset
A well written and produced book can be a great asset to your home business. It reinforces your business brand and establishes you as an industry expert in your niche. From there, you can offer talks and courses, and of course, work on other books.
Over To You
Mary Emma Allen has a series of articles on Self Publishing planned for you at Home Biz Notes. What would you like to know? What are your experiences with Self Publishing? How do you think you could use it to promote or extend your home business? Any questions? Ask away!
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