How to Self-Publish a Book

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In the old days, the only way for writers to publish a book was through a publisher. This meant finding an agent, pitching editors, and hoping that one of them likes it. Then writers would lose …

In the old days, the only way for writers to publish a book was through a publisher. This meant finding an agent, pitching editors, and hoping that one of them likes it. Then writers would lose control of their books because the editor and publisher would oversee content, interior design, cover design, sales, and marketing.

And this describes what the lucky few writers experienced. Most writers were simply rejected or ignored, and they never published a book.

I'm going to show you how you can write a book and publish it. Are you ready to get started?

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  • This is very helpful ... but I can't figure out how to make the book cover on Canva. It seems to only have the option for Kindle Covers. Seeing Print On Demand was mentioned, I assumed Canva did real book covers.
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  • It was difficult for me to dare to try and self publish my work. I was very afraid of taking that first step. Then once I published my first work the fear went away. I'm glad I got into self publishing my own work, because people from all over the world are reading my work. It's very enjoyable to be the author of several books.
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  • IT IS REALLY INSPIRING .I AM TRYING TO WRITE ARTICLES WHICH IN DUE COURSE MAY GET INTO BOOK FORM.
    DISCUSS WITH LIKE MINDED AND START WRITING AND EDITING .KEEP PEN AND PAPER AVAILABLE READILY ON TABLE TO PUT DOWN A THOUGHT,NOT ONLY START BUT PERSUE THE GOAL
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  • Met you in San Diego several years ago, and always watch for new stuff from you. Thanks for the tips, especially about a cover looking good at small size. Common sense, but easy to forget. Editing is important too, yes. But we all know the product needs to be good. Nobody's surprised by that. What we need to know is how to determine the best price, and what are the pros and cons of platforms like Amazon and Smashwords, and how to get noticed in those marketplaces. Please revisit?
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  • 1. SELF-PUBLISH A B O O K How to by Guy Kawasaki
  • 2. I N T R O D U C T I O N In the old days, the only way for writers to publish a book was through a publisher. This meant finding an agent, pitching editors, and hoping that one of them likes it. Then writers would lose control of their books because the editor and publisher would oversee content, interior design, cover design, sales, and marketing. Those days are gone because of the rise of self-publishing.  Now writers can publish their own books and  control their own destiny.
  • 3. F O R T H E R I G H T R E A S O N S Write
  • 4. 4 G O O D R E A S O N S T O W R I T E (a) You have accumulated knowledge that merits sharing;  (b) You want to further an idea that benefits mankind;  (c) You want to entertain, amuse, or inspire people;  (d) You want conquer the intellectual challenge of writing a book.
  • 5. T H E R I G H T T O O L S Use
  • 6. T H E S E A R E T H E T O O L S I U S E (a) Microsoft Word (writing) (b) Adobe InDesign (layout) (c) Evernote (collecting anything) (d) Dropbox (backing up)
  • 7. The single biggest mistake authors make is waiting until their book is done to start working on social media.
  • 8. M A R K E T I N G P L A T F O R M S O C I A L M E D I A Build a Start immediately!
  • 9. K I N D L E P L A T F O R M A M A Z O N ' S Start with
  • 10. O N D E M A N D UsePrint
  • 11. Paying more for print on demand sure beats eating 900 copies when your sales don’t meet your expectations.
  • 12. T H E C R O W D Tap
  • 13. T A P T H E C R O W D The crowd is a beautiful thing. It has helped me complete my outlines, provided me with stories to illustrate my concepts, content edited, copyedited, reviewed for Amazon, and evangelized my books. If I had to put a number to it, I’d guesstimate that feedback from the crowd makes my books 50 percent better. 
  • 14. Your goal should be to produce a book that is better than a New York publisher’s.
  • 15. P R O F E S S I O N A L S Hire
  • 16. H I R E A P R O There are three ways that a book can scream, “self-published by an amateur:”  Your goal should be to produce a book that is better than a New York publisher’s—think “artisanal publishing.”  (a) Lousy interior design (b) Crude fonts (c) Poor copyediting
  • 17. P O S T A G E S T A M P Think
  • 18. T H I N K P O S T A G E S T A M P There is a fourth way that a book can scream “self-published,” and that’s a lousy cover. Canva, the company that I work for, offers a series of free templates to help you design a professional looking cover. You can also hire a professional for $1,000 to design your cover, but I encourage you to at least try making your cover from one of our templates. The most important thing about your cover is that it looks great when it’s the size of a postage stamp because that’s the format that people will see most of the time.
  • 19. Y O U R e B O O K Test
  • 20. You cannot quit your way to success.
  • 21. But you’ll never know unless you try, and you never give up.    My last piece of advice is don't give up. It may take years to be a successful author. You cannot quit your way to success..
  • 22. Good luck on your self- publishing journey!
  • 23. D E S I G N E D i n Create your own presentation at Canva.com