Many years ago, you would have had to undertake a lot of work to get a book published; this is after you had gone to all the effort of writing it, as you would then have to send it to all the publishers in the hope that they would take it on.
Often, the publishers would send it back or say that a lot of it would need to be rewritten. However, now, there is the option to self-publish your work so that people can see it in all its glory.
Complete Your Book
Before you even think about publishing, you need to complete the book. You don’t need to be highly qualified or a celebrity to write a book, all you need is a great idea, and the desire and will to write it.
Many of the self-publishing services will put your work in front of readers to see what they think. They may offer feedback on the book which can be useful in trying to shape it into a finished product.
While you don’t need to have an editor, they can be of great use to you. They can read your book impartially and tell you if there need to be any amendments to help the story flow better.
You don’t have to take their advice, but it can turn a good book into a great book, and lead to more copies being sold. You can usually find good editors on freelance websites that will offer a set amount for editing your book.
Getting Your Book Ready
Once you have written your book and got it polished to the finished article, you can then think about forwarding it to be published. However, you need first to make sure that you have a nice book cover to go with it.
You can use a complete book cover creator software such as Adobe Spark. It can give you a template to work with, or you can start from scratch. Whatever you choose, it will add an extra level of professionalism to your work.
Some publishing companies want an up-front fee to distribute your book. You should try to avoid these; there are many others such as Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and Barnes & Noble who will do it for free. When someone buys your book, they just take a small percentage.
It is by far the easiest and best way to get a book published, and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. If you or someone else wants to have a paper copy, then you can use companies like CreateSpace. They will only print a copy when someone buys it, so it keeps the cost down.
Once you have written your book, had it edited and proofread, and designed the cover, you will have a fully-fledged book ready to go out to the public. You still need to publicize it, but it will be there for many people to enjoy for years to come.
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