What Should Aspiring Writers Watch Out for on Their Self-Publishing Journey? |
There is an age of children and teenagers who are huge fans of the Hank the Cowdog and Eragon but these stories might not have existed if the authors had not decided to take on the self-publishing world. By putting their books on the market independently and promoting them, they managed to gain popularity in the literary world. Here are three self-publishing tricks of the trade that all prospective do-it-yourself publishers should know.
The door is wide open and opportunity is ripe for new writers to make tracks in electronic publishing. The first thing aspiring authors should be warned is that print can be a secondary focus. Those with text-based works, with no graphics, illustrations or photographs, should test out the self-publishing zone with an e-book. It is much easier to produce an electronic novel, particularly when it comes down to things like formatting and cover design. You can also charge much less for an e-book online, while still breaking profit yourself. A cheaper, electronically presented book can be reached by a global audience quickly and conveniently. The average self-published print book costs around £12.99 but the majority of e-books sell in the 99p-£5.99 range. A wider audience and a lower price will see your novel flying off the shelves, or more specifically zooming out in radio waves.
Stand Out in the Crowd
A major draw book to the ease and availability of self-publishing is its popularity, everybody is doing it. If you want to fight for readers in this crowded and vast environment you need to have something new and exciting to bring to the table. You need a personality as a writer that comes across in your novels. It is a hot market right now, but self-publishing is still your chance too. Make a statement, believe in your message and make yourself stand out amongst the rest. The most important thing to remember is, do not throw in the towel and give in too soon.
Mark Your Target
Niche market books do the best. This is a manta of the self-publishing world. Finding a specific audience with limited other options already on the shelves will give your novel a much stronger chance at survival. Independently published non-fiction books with a defined topic and a strong hook can thrive on the market, especially if they have a selective target audience to tap into. Fiction can be a more ruthless battlefield. However, the theory is the same; tighter, focused audiences are easy to find space in for your own book. For example, indie romance/erotica novels have torn up all opponents recently in the e-book thunder dome.
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