Thinking of making the jump into self-publishing? Let me tell you, you should!
Here’s my top five tips:
1. Save some money. I put $50 aside every month while I was writing my novel. Three years later I had a fund to draw on to self-publish and ensure my book would be as good as it could be.
2. Get an editor! Use websites like upwork.com or draftin.com to edit your work. You post a job on upwork and select the right person at the right price, or draftin for simple proofing. You will be judged by your grammar and any typos so iron those out.
3. Front cover design. You’ve got to stand out from the crowd, but you also don’t want to stand out so much you just look strange and like you don’t belong. It’s like high school all over again! Here’s the super community on Fiverr who specialise in book design.
4. Read the blurbs of books you like. Now look at yours and fix it.
5. Write, rewrite and rewrite again the opening chapter. It’s the one that people will read with the ‘look inside’ functionality or download a sample of. Your first chapter is the thing that will sell your book. More than reviews or good marketing. If you’ve got them to that point they are interested. Your first chapter needs to seal the deal.