Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 5

22 May

By Nesher Ehrman

Hello again. Welcome to the fifth and final section of this little series. If you haven’t read the previous four parts of the series, you should. Really, they’re not bad, and the chronology of one to four is flawless.

In this final installment, we’ll talk (finally!) about how to self publish. Self-publishing demands a bit more effort, but depending on no one but yourself can be a bonus – it only takes as long as you want it to take.

Essentially, self-publishing means you find a company which does print-on-demand publishing. These companies often work internationally, so you don’t need to look for one near you. One great example of such a company is Createspace, a subsidiary of Amazon. However, most self-publishing companies have similar ways of working, so what you’ll need to do by yourself is –
1) design the interior of your book, (typesetting, print size, margins, fonts, page numbers etc.)
2) design the artwork for your cover, front back and spine
Both of these parts can be done by a determined layman with some degree of efficiency and intelligence, but if you obtain professional help, the end product will probably be superior.

Many self-publishing companies give you a free ISBN (publishing number) when they publish your book, and some require a small fee, depending. The choice, of course, is yours, but don’t forget to take it into account. Once all of this is done, publish your book through the company by sending them the files of your book interior and exterior. You may be required to buy a single copy of the book.

At this point, you might think your work is done – far from it. If you choose to self-publish, you should be aware that any advertising that is done for your book comes exclusively from you – mention it on your social media, tell your friends, arrange book-signings, talk about it on book sites, comment about it on appropriate blogs. Make sure as many people as possible are aware of your published book in order to get it going. Word doesn’t spread by word of mouth if no one has ever heard of your book.

This has been the final part of the Realizing Your Writing Potential series. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and be sure to glance through when you publish your next book. If you just read the series in order to publish a book – good luck!

This series was written by Nesher Ehrman, an oddity who prefers speaking with a keyboard rather than the more accepted channels. To experience more of his keyboard-speech, pay a visit to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/

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