Self-publishing has fascinated me for years, and I’m fortunate to call many self-published authors my friends. Today is it is my pleasure to welcome my long-time writing friend Denise Covey to Daily (w)rite, as part of my guest post series, to give us an introduction to self-publishing, and a few solid bits of writing advice for someone who has recently started on this journey.
Take it away Denise!
SELF PUBLISHING – how fortunate authors are to be writing in the 21st century!
If you’re in the early stages of Self-publishing or diving in for the first time, read on. I’m travelling with you, and am happy to talk with you about my journey thus far.
Nowadays, books from self-publishing offer an excellent alternative to those traditionally published, because a self-published author is part of an ever-expanding tribe who offer services, some free, some paid to make your book sing. You have beta readers, critique partners, developmental editors, structural editors, line editors and so on; cover artists extraordinaire, blurbs/synopses help, book formatters. You are not alone!
From my perspective, there are 3 major steps to self-publishing:
1 – WRITE
2 – PUBLISH
3 – PROMOTE
All 3 stages of self-publishing are closely interlinked and carried out in order.
1 – FIRST STAGE OF THE SELF-PUBLISHING JOURNEY: WRITE
We write for different reasons – enjoyment, to tell a story, or hoping to change the world. With self-publishing, your writing is a business where you, the author, is in control.