If you’re great at writing and want to explore self-publishing and self-promoting, you need to know how to write a book. Use these tips to help you on your journey to becoming a well-known author.
The Basics of Self-Publishing Your Book
What is Your Motivation for Wanting to Publish a Book?
Before you go gung-ho on writing and putting your ideas together, start with the basics and think about the reasons you want to publish a book. Do you want to be a world-renowned author? Do you like to share personal experiences or speak to people through your writing? Whatever your reason is to publish a book, keep that in mind on your journey to becoming an author.
Before you start writing your book, get organized. Organize your thoughts. Create your characters, the plot, setting, and everything else you need to bring your book to life. Once you have your characters and the other elements of your book in order, it’s time to write your rough draft, sometimes referred to as your rough copy. Read over your rough draft and make any adjustments you feel are necessary. You can also let a friend or family member review your draft and give you feedback. You might also want to consider joining a community of book readers and writers to help you on this writing journey.
Designate a Writing Space
Find a place where you can work and generate awesome ideas. Everyone’s creative space will be different, so do what works best for you. If music helps put in the mood to write, create a playlist of inspiring songs. If you prefer a quiet atmosphere to write, section off space in your room or other location in your home to create your writing utopia.
Develop a Writing Habit
It would be best if you condition yourself to write a certain number of words in a certain amount of time. Using a calendar will help you stay on track with your goals. Once you get into your groove, writing a specific number of words will become easier for you.
Write Your Book
Once you are pleased with your rough copy, it’s time to write your book! As you write, you may have other ideas and become inspired by various situations. If you need to change things in your book, feel free to do so! This book is yours, so feel free to make changes until you are satisfied with it.
One thing you need to do is remain consistent. There will be times when you experience writer’s block and can’t generate ideas. That’s okay. Use a calendar to help you stay on pace with your book writing efforts.
Publish Your Book
There are various self-publishing platforms you can use. When you’re ready, hire a professional to edit your book. You will also need a book cover, so have someone help you design it. When your book is formatted correctly, upload your manuscript and any accompanying assets. Once you’re pleased with your work, click the submit button, and you’re done. Congratulations!
Different Ways to Self-Publish Your Book
The best way to self-publish a book is to use social media. Using various social media platforms helps you engage people worldwide.
Share Your 5-Star Reviews
You worked hard to bring your book to life. Don’t be afraid to share what readers think about your book. If your book is available on Amazon or other seller platforms, take a screenshot of the reviews and share it with your followers on your social media accounts.
Comment on Popular Book Blogs
Check out the different book and author blogs that receive a lot of visitors. Many people click on the links left in the comment section, so make sure you don’t miss an opportunity to promote your book. A lot of comment boxes allow you to share a profile image, so make sure you upload a Gravatar image. The image represents you, so use a clear picture of yourself or use your book cover image.
Create an Author Bio
Check out bios from other authors and make a note of the things they mention. Create a similar biography and share it on your social media accounts. Review your author bio often to see if you need to update it, improve it, or make it more appealing for your audience.
Create an Ad
Many social media and seller accounts, such as Amazon and Facebook, allow you to create ads to promote products, including books. Create at least two ads to help make people aware of your book. Make sure you include a summary of your book to help people understand what your book is about and what they can expect to read. The content in your ad needs to engage your audience and make them want to read your book. You can pique the interest of your target audience by first stating the problem and leading them into the rest of the story. Readers will want to know what steps the characters take to resolve the primary issue.
You need to take several different steps to write a book, but your hard work can pay off in unexpected ways. Consistently put your best foot forward when writing to create a masterpiece that makes you proud.