The first time self-publishing can feel pretty overwhelming, with so much to learn. A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing is here to cut out the noise and simplify the essentials you need to know to get your book out there to the world.
This mini-ebook gives streamlined, practical info, and the approach is realistic rather than setting up expectations that you’re unlikely to meet with your self-publishing experience. It distills down the key elements and tricks I’ve learned from self-publishing three books.
This beginner’s guide includes chapters on:
- 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 bits of info that can be hard to track down, like why Amazon might messing up the colour of the cover you’re uploading for your paperback, and how to get your book listed in 10 Amazon categories rather than the default two.
Advertising on Amazon has been a major driver of sales for my three books, and in particular, it’s led to a lot of sales of my first book. While my books are available on multiple platforms, 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.
This mini-ebook is available as a downloadable 47-page PDF.
For details on the books I’ve published, visit the MH@H Books page.