5 Self Publishing Mistakes I Made That You Can Avoid

Do you enjoy learning things the hard way? Of course you don’t; none of us enjoy that.
But do you know that’s exactly what happens if we don’t learn from the mistakes
of others. We can discover easier ways to do things from our peers, our
friends, our competitors and even our enemies. On that note, in this article I
reveal 5 mistakes in my first print publishing venture. Make it easy on
yourself; avoid these self publishing mistakes and prosper:

  1.  Failed to write a plan

This is where your self publishing journey should begin. There’s no need to start with
a 10-page document. But you need to at least create an outline of all the costs
in the self-publishing process.

You should outline your costs before publication and after
publication. Include everything from the beginning costs to the shipping price
of mailing a book. Also, this is a great time to decide whether you plan to print
a small amount of books for family, a business niche or set up a small
publishing company by buying a block of ISBNs.

  1. Failed to invest in book editor.

Don’t count pennies here. Invest in your book; get it professionally edited. Copy or line
editing will bring your manuscript up to professional standard. Don’t settle
for just having a family member look over your manuscript.

  1. Failed to hire a proofreader

Proofreading is not the same as editing. It is only done after the book designer formats
your book into pages. The proofreader looks for word breaks and sentence
layout. Some small corrections missed in the first line edit may also be made

Like most beginner publishers, I decided to skip this step
in preparing a book for publication. Mistake; professional publishers know not
to skip this step. A book full of errors will cost you in sales later on, including
loss of respect for your important message. I got a scathing review from one of
my peers. Yes, I know; it’s not the end of the world. But my point is it cost
me sales and it could have been avoided.

  1. Failed to create bound galleys for reviews.

Invest in bound galleys and/or limited run book proofs. They are often unedited and used
to get book reviews before the publication date of your book. Also, bound
galleys do not have a laminated full color cover. Reviews will afford your book
a level of professionalism not gained any other way. Not to mention extra sales
gained because of your professional reviews.

  1. Failed to hire a book designer for book layout

The book layout is what gives the content of your book structure and makes it look like
a book. Again invest in your book project; this is not the time to settle for
anything less than a professional look. If your book looks sloppy, it will
limit its success in the market.

Don’t limit your publishing success; avoid all of the above blunders by learning from
my mistakes. Now, go make your publishing venture a successful one. Happy

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Earma Brown is an expert in book writing, publishing and marketing advice. She focuses on innovative and unique techniques to helping others get their book written, published and ready to sell in record time. She has been successful in using new technologies in publishing her own twelve books and a few of her friends. Download Earma’s updated epackage Self Publishing Your Way Now for Aspiring Authors and Emerging Indie Publishers today with 4 FREE eBooks.

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Earma Brown, aka America's Book Success Coach, 12 Book Authorpreneur, Indie Publisher, and Creator of Book Success Academy, teaches entrepreneurs, experts, professionals, writers and wow women how to write and publish a 24/7 lead generating book YOU and their readers love and create multiple money streams for life.” Visit New! Jumpstart Resource: Free Book to get started with a book of your own.

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