Writing a good book includes a lot of stages. Picking a good topic, turning it into a fiction and while doing these all, doing it with an almost perfect writing style… But if you are sure that your book is finished and ready to be published, then it means it is ready.
But how to publish it? Do you need enough budget to do it? If the answer is no, do not worry. There is a solution called self-publishing. You don’t need to pay any amount to self-publish your book. But I need to add that you will need to pay to buy your own book because self-publishing companies won’t give you any book for free.
Before I give you a list of some companies, I need to add some things. Firstly, you will need a computer programme to edit it and create a cover. You can use Adobe InDesign to do so. It is such an easy programme to use for getting your book ready to publish.
Then, you should create the perfect cover for your book. To give an example, if your book’s genre is thriller, the cover picture must include some mysterious and spooky items like mist, a gun or blood.
After creating the cover with Adobe Photoshop or InDesign, you should use InDesign to adjust the page layout of your book. You can watch some videos from Youtube to learn how to do it.
And finally, here is a list of some companies that you can self-publish your book:
- Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
- Barnes & Noble Press
- Kobo (only e-books)
- Apple Books (only e-books)
- Google Books (only e-books)
- And if you’re living in Turkey, KDY (Kitapyurdu Doğrudan Yayıncılık)
I Chose A Company, What Should I Do Next?
You should register or log in if you already have an account. Then you should add information about you like tax and payment method. After you complete these steps, you need to upload the cover and the page layout of your book. They will provide you an ISBN number for your book. If your self-publishing platform does not, you can acquire a universal ISBN via myidentifiers.com.
I Published My Book, What Is Next?
You should market yourself on social media. Also, make sure your Amazon sales channels work. Amazon is an incredibly important platform for selling books. Whether you sell on Amazon via KDP or are using a different self-publishing platform synced with Amazon, you’ll want to make sure you’re able to accept payments via Amazon. Go through with a test purchase, and let a copy of your book get sent to you as though you’re a customer.
Or you can set up an author website with an online checkout. Your book should have a “home base” for all your sales channels and social media content to lead to. It will make it easier for users to find more information about you and help people get in contact with you for interviews and other promotional opportunities.
Congratulations on your book.