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7 Steps to Writing Your Book and Getting it Published

    Self-Publishing Your Book

    Authors have been self-publishing their own books successfully for over one hundred years. Take a look at this list of a few of the well-known authors who began their amazing writing careers by self-publishing their own book.
    • Oscar Wilde
    • Rudyard Kipling
    • George Bernard Shaw
    • Mark Twain
    • Beatrix Potter
    • Deepak Chopra
    • Virginia Woolf
    • John Grisham
    • Christopher Paolini (Eragon)

    So if they were able to do it, all those years ago, there’s nothing to stop you from doing the same. All you need is access to a computer and an internet connection.

    There has never been a better time for self-publishing your book to sell it internationally. Not only can you use modern publishing methods to keep your book ‘in print’ for as long as you want, but you can expand your writing talent and publish more and more books every year, or even every month depending on how much time you have.

    But remember, when self-publishing your book you must carry out all the work that a traditional publisher would have done on your behalf. This includes printing, shipping, distribution and paperwork.

    Here are some tips to help you along your self-publishing journey:

    • Make sure your book is proofread thoroughly. It will look bad on you and your book if it has typing errors and/or poor layout. It’s worth the money to hire a professional editor to read your book.
    • Add a great description to your book. That way, it’ll attract more customers.
    • Publicity is the key, so spend some time learning how to promote your book effectively and to the right target market. Note: Later lessons in this course teach you lots of ways to promote your book.
    • Research has revealed that book-buying customers look at three things: The front cover, rear cover and table of contents. Take the time to make these three places sing and spend money on them if you have to – the time and money will pay off.
    • List your books on Allow plenty of time to write the ‘publisher’s comments’ and make sure the text is precise, grammatically flawless and well written. Potential book buyers will use this to make a decision about buying your book.
      Send two copies of the book to (following instructions at their site) so that the book can be made available on the ‘search inside this book’ feature.
    • Write intelligent and interesting reviews of similar subject books at, and create a signature. Send free copies to anyone who may have an interest in this topic and ask that they write a review at Books with no reviews at have a very low sales rank.
    • Start a website and link it to the Amazon bookstore. Sell your books through your website.
    • Aggressively market your book through press releases, articles blogs, websites, and any other way that you can think of because marketing is the core activity that will ensure that people know and buy the book.
    • Get your book into book fairs like BookExpo America and the London Book Fair, which will give you access to the traditional publishing industry – several third parties offer this kind of book marketing for a nominal fee.
    • For best results, the subject (or shelving category) of your book should be part of the title, or at least the sub-title. This way readers will find it in catalogues and databases whether or not they know name of the author or book.

    Wishing you the best of luck if you decide that self-publishing your book is for you!

    Special sparkly rays of Light,

    Your Book Angel xxx

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