There's no doubt that one of the most exciting things you can do as a writer is to publish a book. So here I'm going to explain how you can actually publish your own book and make good money from it. In the past, if you wanted to publish a book, you almost had to find a publisher. But today, new technology makes it possible, and less expensive, to become a self-publisher and do it yourself.
And – self-publishing can be a very smart choice. It's accessible, fast, pays much better than traditional copyright agreements, and lets you keep control of your book. Publishers can offer you royalties starting at 5% of the cover price. Independent publishers can increase this to 50% or more! Online self-publishing companies like selfpublishingmadeeasynow.com can help you publish and market your book.
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Can the average person successfully publish his own book? Yes, you can! Actually, there are no secrets. You don't need to start a large publishing company – you can do it part-time from home. All you need is a marketable topic, good performance – and determination.
These are the basics of self-publishing: write your book, get it ready for print, print, distribute the book, advertise and of course calculate the profits.
Here are some basic guidelines for getting started with publishing your own book:
* Choose the subject of your book.
Nonfiction is usually better suited for self-publishing than fiction. Because they are sold at a higher price and usually not discounted like novels etc. Try to choose topics that are relatively small and specific to publication. If your subject is small, the big publishers won't be interested in competing with you, but you can still make a lot of money from your book.
* Do a little research.
Look for competing titles and figure out how to make yours better. Find out what sales of those books have been to see if they are good sellers or not. Tip. Have a look on Amazon to see what similar titles there are, and find out how popular or unpopular they are by looking at their Amazon Sales Rank. Go into some bookshops and ask the staff there if the kind of book you have in mind is something they get asked for often or not.
* You can save money by doing as much as possible yourself.
You will need a printer. But beyond that, do as much as you can yourself and just buy in the extra services you need from freelancers. You can even typeset your own book using software such as Adobe Publisher. Use a freelance editor/proofreader to edit your book and a freelance designer to design a good cover. It needn't cost much if you shop around.