The End, Now What: A Self-Publishing Guide For NANOWRIMO Writers

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Miral Sattar By Miral Sattar
My Book Inspiration 

At every writers conference or self-publishing panel the question that almost always inevitably comes up is:

 

“I want to self-publish my book, where do I start?”

 

I’m usually invited to speak on panels because I run Bibliocrunch.com, a platform that connects authors with trusted, vetted professionals. We also have a VIP Service that guides authors through the process of self-publishing. So, I’m familiar with A LOT of the questions that first-time authors have.

 

Before, I answer the question of “where do I start?” I offer the writer my congrats at finishing their book! It’s no small feat to commit to writing a book and having a finished work product!

 

The book publishing industry is going through a lot of changes. Because the book publishing industry is one of the last industries to go digital, it’s going through a quick transition. As a result of this shift, authors no longer need to go through the traditional gatekeepers to publish high-quality books, and are instead, moving toward self-publishing.

 

Launching a book is like launching a startup. Putting together a quality book involves not just writing it, but getting it edited, then formatted, designing a cover, and having a marketing strategy around it.

 

I usually explain the self-publishing process to folks in person, or over the phone while they are furiously scribbling notes. Writing a ‘How To Self-Publish’ book has been on my list of to-dos for a while. I wanted to have a book that I could give out free copies to people who are about to embark on their publishing journeys. Even the book is titled, The End, Now What: A Self-Publishing Guide For NANOWRIMO Writers. It’s actually for anyone who wants to self-publish. Because my book was going to come out right before National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO), I tailored the book to the month.

In my book I give you a very basic roadmap to follow if you are interested in self-publishing:

 

  • Forward with advice from best-selling authors CJ Lyons and Hugh Howey
  • How to get started (goals, vendor research, retailers, print on demand, copyright, ISBNs)
  • How to think about marketing (title & book description, beta readers, marketing plan)
  • How to approach editing
  • What you need to do about design, formatting, and conversion
  • I also have a Resources section at the end which has helpful links and resources if the author wants more info or details

 

There are lots of people who prey on self-published authors. I’ve come across authors who’ve spent … wait for it… $40,000 on editing. I’ve met an author who spent $10,000 *just* to have his book printed. They are now all sitting in his garage in New Jersey. As a self-published author it’s really important to do your research before making any vendor, retail, or editorial services decisions. I wrote the book (which is a short 27 pages) to make sure authors don’t make the big mistakes.

Be sure to check it out!

 

About the author:
Miral Sattar is founder and CEO of BiblioCrunch, an award-winning author services marketplace that matches authors with quality, award-winning professionals to get new books and apps to market. The platform brokers the interaction between a community of rated and reviewed publishers, authors, designers, editors, proofreaders, conversion specialists, marketers and enhanced eBook experts to help create exceptional digital books. She has worked in the media industry for 11 years, most recently at TIME where she launched several digital initiatives including an iPad and mobile site, mobile apps, a video and podcast channel, blogs, and SEO. Her writing has been featured in TIME, CNN, NY Daily News, among other media publications. She has a MS in Publishing (Digital + Print Media) from NYU and a BS from Columbia University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. You can follow Miral on Twitter @bibliocrunch or @miralsattar

 


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