How to Become a Self-published Author

By: Deji

Self publishing means publishing your book by yourself.That means you do not go through the traditional route of taking your manuscript to a publisher to have your book published.

Why should you not take this route?Because most publishers only publish books written by well known authors.

That is not to however say that as a beginning author,your book cannot be published by a major publisher.However,your chances could be slim.

There are other reasons why traditional publishing may not be your best route as a beginning author.But I'll save that for some other article.

Does this mean that as a person that wants to write her own book and sell it,there is no hope?No!This is where self publishing comes in.With the advent of computers,you can now write your own books by yourself and sell them online."How?",you ask?

It's easy.You'll basically create what is called an eBook which is just a digital book which can be read on a computer.Just follow the following steps and you'll be cranking out your own books
in no time.

1.Find out what the market wants:You don't just come up with an idea and then start writing.You have to find out what the market wants and who your target readers will be.Some places where you can get this information include forums and discussion boards.

You register and then read questions that are been asked by other members.Answer questions that you know and use that to demonstrate your expertise and advertise your website or blog(you have one by now,don't you?)in line with the forums rules.

If you see many people asking a particular question,then that could be a potential topic for you to write about.

2.Determine what the the title of the eBook will be.Although this is not too important at this point,if you can come up with it,all the better.Make sure the title is appealing.It must make your prospect want to know more.

3.Carry out your research:This can be done through search engines.You can also visit article directories and announcement lists to see articles written by others which contain information relevant to your topic.Never swipe words from another persons article-always put them in your own words.

4.Determine what the title of each chapter will be:Come up with chapter titles for each chapter and expand on them with the information you got when you were carrying out your research.

5.Start writing:Devote as much time as is possible everyday to your writing.Alternatively,to avoid procrasination,you could determine from the get go that you'll finish writing the eBook in a week.Then all you have to do is determine how much you will have to write in a day to finish in one week.

For instance,if you want to write a 50 page eBook,you will need to type 7 pages per day.You could also determine to devote a specific amount of time everyday,say 2 hours,to the typing.

So if for instance you're a fast "typer" and you type 100 words per minute,then in 1 hour,you would have typed 6000 words and 12000 in two hours.

The objective of doing this is to ensure that you don't take forever to write the ebook.
Also,at this stage,all you're doing is writing.No editing or correction of mistyped words as this slows you down and you could also lose your flow of thoughts

6.Keep adding to chapters that you have written as you come across more useful information as you go along.This should provide more value for your readers.

7.Editing:Once you've finished typing,read the eBook from beginning to end,editing and correcting mistakes such as mistyped words and grammatical errors.Having mistakes in your eBook will make you look unprofessional and could spoil your chances in the future.Also,give your eBook to some friends to read so that it can be reviewed by other eyes.Tell them to give you their honest feedback,to point out any mistakes and if possible give you some ideas which you can add for improvement.

8.Once you're through with the editing process,you can now convert your eBook to PDF.All along,you've been typing using your word processor which could be Microsoft Word,Open Office,e.t.c.Now you have to convert it to a PDF.

Why is this necessary?Because that is the default standard for selling eBooks online.There are other formats such as the EXE and Microsoft Reader which I will however not go into in this article.

To convert to PDF,you will need Adobe Acrobat which retails for $299.If you're a rookie just starting out on a shoe-string budget,you may not be able to afford this.But not to worry-there are free PDF converters.

One of them is Primo PDF.Download it from www.primopdf.com and install the software.To convert the eBook to PDF,simply click on View(I'm assuming you're using Microsoft Word)from within the eBook you want to convert and then Print.Choose Primo PDF as your printer and follow the instructions.You can't miss it.Your eBook will instantly be converted.

With this,you're now ready to start selling your eBook.Of course,there are other things you still need to do such as getting testimonials,writing the salesletter,recruiting affiliates(if you want to),e.t.c but as far as the eBook itself is concerned,you're through.

I hope you put this to work!

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