Did you know that you can be a published author without having to wade through years of query letters, rejection and meager earnings?
Self-publishing gives YOU the control to craft your own career! Follow the steps below to get started down the path to becoming an indie author:
1. Gather Background Info
- Sign up for our totally FREE newsletter to receive a copy of our eBook, Self-Publishing Basic Training. This easy-to-use guide will give you step-by-step instructions on how you can become a published author.
- Brainstorm ideas for your book — perhaps partaking in a bit of writing research.
- Create your characters! You already used our character generator, but now check out our tips for constructing characters.
2. Write Your Masterpiece
- Whether you decide to write a short story, novella or full-fledged novel be sure your writing space is in order and the right background music is in place.
- Finding time to write, or inspiration when the times comes can be a challenge. Work smarter to avoid nasty writer’s block!
- Stay motivated while you write — perhaps even use a motivation board!
3. Edit, edit, edit
- Good editing makes or breaks self-published works. Don’t bypass the copy editor!
- At the very least, follow these 10 easy proofreading tips!
- Be sure you know the different between copy and content editing.
4. Design and Publish
- Learn what every author should know about book design and how to make your book look professional. Be sure to avoid book cover FAIL!
- Be sure to price your book properly. This is key!
- Learn from the experience of other indie authors.
- Do some marketing research and put together a professional media kit.
- Find your target market and start building publicity for your work. Consider participating in a blog tour!
- Get over marketing fear and laziness to build your brand!
6. Join the Self-Publishing and Indie Author Community
- Follow updates via our RSS Feed and get involved via Twitter or Facebook.
- Check out ways to get involved in the online writing community!
- Consider showing your support by becoming an Indie Ninja.
- Contact us with any ideas, suggestions or questions!