Your self-publishing journey begins here!

You’ve written a book and are ready to publish. Take the right steps, and you’ll have a satisfying experience without spending thousands of dollars* or wasting years of your life. And you can finally tell your family and friends, “I did it!”

So how do you go about self-publishing your book? With the same steps every other book goes through: writing, editing, designing, printing, and marketing.

Any of these steps can be a roadblock, but with a positive, can-do attitude and a willingness to learn a few things, you’ll be published in no time. 

Want a partner who can help publish your book in 45 days for as little as $500? I’m based out of Cleveland, Tennessee, and . . . 

Prefer to do it on your own? Keep reading to learn how to take to take your manuscript from your computer to bookshelves.

*On average, self-published books cost the author $2,000 to $4,000. 

Step 1: writing

For many, this is the fun part. For others, just getting words on paper is nearly impossible. Since you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’ve gotten past this first step and have at least written the first draft of your book, so we won’t spend any more time on writing.

On to editing!

Want me to help you publish in 45 days?

Step 2: EDITING

If you’ve read any self-published books, you realize there are many poorly edited ones out there. Don’t let yours be one of them! Work to get your book in great shape, and you’ll have a book that you can hand to readers with pride. 

Why does editing matter? Because a well-edited book allows readers to focus on your story and not your spelling. And that’s the goal—to weave a tale so mesmerizing that readers get lost in it.

So how can you make sure your writing is the best it can be? By avoiding some of the most common mistakes writers make.

Step 3: DESIGNING

Never designed a book? Most people haven’t. But there’s good news! You can publish your book with whatever computer tools you have. 

Sure, it’s a whole lot easier to produce a book with fancy software, but even if all you have is Microsoft Word or Google Docs (which is free, so there’s no excuse), you can design and publish your book, front to back cover. 

As long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort, you can do it all on your own. 

When designing your book, there are a few things you will have to create.

Step 4: printing

With print-on-demand (POD) publishing, you don’t have to order 500 copies of your book at a time. Rather, you order as many or as few as you want. And when a copy of your book is ordered online, a single copy is printed and shipped, and you just sit back and enjoy the royalties.

Though there are many companies offering POD services, two stand above the rest: KDP (Amazon) and IngramSpark.

Depending on your desires and goals, you may want to use one or the other. Or maybe both. Because their quality is similar, it’s a good idea to check prices of each and go with which meets your needs.

Learn about these print-on-demand providers.

Step 5: MARKETING

What does marketing have to do with publishing your book? If your goal is to give your book to friends and family, you don’t need to worry about marketing. But if you want to make a few dollars off your book, marketing is essential. 

With that in mind, you should know that bookselling has changed. As stated previously, 70% of all books are sold on Amazon.com. So when you publish, you don’t have to get your book in bookstores to sell copies. You just need to know how to sell them online.

Thankfully, you’re not left to your own devices when marketing your self-published book. There is an array of tools to help market your book.

diy price breakdown

Wondering exactly how much the process of publishing your book will cost? While there are some variables discussed previously, here is a general idea of what you can expect to spend to get your book off your computer and on bookshelves.

My process

Want to partner together to publish your book? I’d love to help!

Here are the steps we will take.

 

PROOF THAT IT WORKS

Following her husband’s miraculous healing, Sara Jane Briggs wanted to publish the journal she kept throughout the experience. She just didn’t know how. So she contacted me, Daniel K. Brantley, and we got to work. 

You won’t believe what happened next!