So you want to self-publish?

Sitting at a round-table two seats away from me, a lady lifts her head and thumb from her phone saying, “I could write a book! Everyone has one now.”

“You think so?” I ask interested.

“Of course,” she responds. “It’s easy. You pick a topic, write some words, print it, and there’s your book.”


I sighed. She made it sound so easy. If only it was that easy.

Well, it can be if you skip the basic stuff; you know, finding an editor to correct all of those grammatical mistakes your reader will notice and how you misspelled a word, and finding a professional designer to make it look good. Easy if you babble on-and-on-and-on-and oh, sorry was I babbling? about a topic instead of developing a coherent story-line.

Writing is hard work. It’s an art to choose words to sound beautiful, look beautiful, and actually have value. Signing up to self-publish means you are responsible for doing all this, and also have to be a marketer, find an editor and designer, figure out how to copyright your book, publish and print it, and put it on Amazon, onto bookshelves, and ultimately into the hands of readers. (That’s just the short list by the way).

I say this not to discourage you. If you have a book inside of you, write it. If you want to publish your own manuscript, go for it! I encourage you to. And if you’re thinking, but how? What are the steps? What do I have to do after the manuscript has been put together, I can help you with that too.

The next few articles I’ll be covering self-publishing. The basics of what you need to know to make it, of course, that easy.

Published author, poet, and editor. Writing to inform, editing to improve, creating to inspire change.

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