Are you considering whether to self-publish your first book or not?
Self-publishing has taken the world by surprise since 2007. If you want control of your book, no middle person, no unnecessary rejection from a publisher, or higher royalty, this may be the route for you!
Ericka is a mom of 4 who started writing five years ago. She finished writing her first novel about a year ago. Ericka then sent her manuscript to several agents. She is still waiting for a favourable outcome nearly one year after.
She is not sure about self-publishing.
Ericka's situation is not unique. This situation is frustrating, especially for moms who already struggle to create the time to write and complete. They have to juggle between kids needing something and their (mom) writing. They often have to put up with the TV blaring in the background. Not to talk about the never-ending housework and working outside the home in some cases.
And after all the sacrifices and hard work, you don't hear back from agents or are rejected by traditional publishers because you are not a good fit for them! Keep in mind the countless number of books once rejected by traditional publishers but are today bestsellers.
Erica is a classic example of why some have turned to self-publishing!
Self-publishing gives you control over what goes into your book. You decide when to publish and even how much royalty you get to keep! You cannot get a better deal, especially on your earnings with traditional publishers.
Who does not want to keep more of their royalty?
The next question may be, so, how do I get self-published? And how much does it cost?
Let's go over the steps below:
Amazon is the number one bookseller on earth. Whether you want an ebook or paperback book, that is the place you should be! I have tried many others but Amazon is still the option to start with as a new author.
So, let's get started!
The Amazon platform for self-publishing is called Kindle Direct Publishing. Go over to Amazon. Sign up for an account if you do not already have one. But if you already shop on Amazon, sign in with your existing login details.
You are now at your back end of where you will control everything about your book and any other book you will publish in the future. Amazon discourages having several accounts. So, every book you will write should be in this account you have created.
Go to the "Create a New Title" Section and upload the different formats you have got. As of today, Amazon is introducing the hardcover format. The hardcover format is new and is currently in the beta stage. Keep this in mind.
Put in your book details. ISBN is a 13-digit number that helps libraries, booksellers or publishers to identify your book. It is not necessary to have one to publish on Amazon. But, if you already have one, use it. If not Amazon, gives you a free ISBN.
And the best part of it is, it is free to click the publish button. Amazon only charges when you sell your paperback books. They take out the cost of printing and share the profit with you. And for ebooks, you get as much as 70%. And as much as 60% for paperback.
There is no need to wait! Let's get started.
I asked a few moms over 40 what their major obstacles were, and three main challenges kept reoccurring.
My job is to help you find that balance as a busy mom to create the time to write your book. I am inviting you to book a 30-minute free consultation. The call will help us decide on a plan to help you get started without adding to your schedule.
It is risk-free and, you have nothing to lose. Let's go on this journey together. Book your half-hour.
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