Have you been wanting to write a book but didn’t know where to start, or wondered if you could actually do it? Well, I’m here to tell you that you can do it. This beginner’s guide to self-publishing is a mini-ebook jam-packed with the research and experience that’s gone along with having self-published my own three books (for info on those, visit the MH@H Books page) across multiple platforms.
It covers the various publishing options and platforms, preparing your manuscript, tracking your sales, and promoting and advertising your book. It’s everything you need to know to release your own book out into the world.
Book chapters include:
- Traditional vs hybrid vs self-publishing
- Editing tools
- Preparing and formatting the manuscript
- Cover design
- Preparing to self-publish, including getting ISBNs
- Publishing your book on Amazon KDP and other self-publishing. sites
- Selling your book and tracking sales
- Marketing, including book/author sites where you can list your book
- Advertising options, including Amazon
You’ll also learn info that can be hard to track down, like why Amazon is messing up the colour of your paperback cover, and how to get your book listed in 10 categories rather than two.
Advertising on Amazon has been a major driver of sales for my three books. I’ve had a small trickle of sales on non-Amazon platforms, but ad-driven purchases on Amazon have made up a significant majority of my overall sales. Getting the hang of it is definitely a process, but in this guide, I share what I’ve learned from running ad campaigns for my books.
This mini-ebook is available as a downloadable PDF.
Length: 47 pages
You may also be interested in these posts on writing that I’ve done on MH@H and Shewrites:
- Being (and becoming) a self-published blogger-author
- Keyword selection & bidding strategies for Amazon Ads (on SheWrites)
- The blogger’s guide to the basics of self-publishing
- Why I’ll continue to choose self-publishing (on SheWrites)