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What No One Tells You About Self-Publishing



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Thinking about self-publishing your first book? That’s great! If you’re wondering what your next steps may be in the process, first ask yourself this, how much time can you truly dedicate to self-publishing your book?

In this blog, I’m breaking down a lot of the questions I get from aspiring new authors. Whether you have a full manuscript written or you’re just toying with the idea of writing your first book, check out the information below.

1: It’s very time consuming.

This goes back to the question at the top. How much time can you truly dedicate to self-publishing your book, especially if you’re balancing work, school, kids, or just life in general. Believe it or not, self-publishing is a very time consuming process. As the publisher, not only do you have to write the book as the author, you have to find a trusted editor, graphic designer (for your covers and any social media graphics you may want for promotion), and on top of that, PROMOTE the book.

2: It can get expensive.

Not only can self-publishing take up a lot of time to make sure your first release goes smooth, it can also get pretty expensive. My “How to Self-Publish Your First Book on Amazon” workbook goes over an entire promotional plan about what you may need to get your book off the ground. You can purchase it here.

3: You have to do your research.

What do I mean by that? I mean, know your audience. Know the authors on the bestsellers list. See which topics are trending in the books that are number one. Read reviews. See what readers like and what they don’t.

4: You have to study your craft.

Were you a reader before you decided to take the plunge into writing your own book? Keep reading! Not only read, study your craft. What do I mean by that? Even if you think you’re the best writer alive, sometimes we all need to just put the pen down and pick up some books for writers to help us better our craft. Here’s a list of a few great books I’ve read that have really helped me.

Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings

The Writer’s Guide to Deep POV: Create Realistic Characters, Settings, and Dialogue

Understanding Show, Don’t Tell: And Really Getting It

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma

The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Places

Master Lists for Writers

The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces

The Dialogue Thesaurus: A Fiction Writer’s Sourcebook of Dialogue Tags and Phrases

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression

…just to name a few.

5: You have to engage and promote.

Let’s face it, we all can’t rely on our grandmothers and our Aunt Thelma’s to purchase our books and become bestsellers. Unlike signing with a big publisher who may already have a thriving fan base for its authors to utilize, you may be starting from scratch if you’re fresh out the gate. Social media is a great way to start building your fan base before your book even releases. Join readers groups, etc. and start talking and engaging with other readers and authors so that by the time you are ready to release your book, you already have places to promote.

6. It’s doable.

Although I’ve given you a whopping dose of reality in this post, self-publishing a book is DOABLE. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Be sure to take your time and make sure all your T’s are crossed and your I’s are dotted. Once you get over the hurdle of doing your first book, you’ll be a natural.

When you’re ready to self-publish, check out my workbook here.

All the best,

K.L. Hall

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