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What You Need to Know to Publish Your Book

Publishing a book has never been easy as it is now. Thanks to the changing publishing and consumer landscape, as well as evolving technology, publishing a book can be easier than actually writing one. For authors who have worked with traditional publishing houses, that statement bears more weight, but these days, there are alternatives to traditional publishing.

If you have been holding back on giving your book project your all because of publishing concerns, here are some important things you ought to know about publishing your book. These will help you get on your way to, finally, becoming a published author.

Self-publishing is your best bet.

Thanks to the ability to self-publish, practically anyone can write a book and get it out to the readers. That is not to say that the quality of all self-published books are high, in terms of the content. That, naturally, is dependent on you, the author.

On the physical aspect, self-published books using print-on-demand technology yields high quality printed books. POD provides the advantage that you can have a small number of copies printed any time someone purchases your book – even only one at a time. This does away with the huge and relatively costly requirements of traditional publishing.

Aside from cost and quality considerations, self-publishing gives a host of other advantages, ranging from shorter production time to more control over your work.

Print versus digital

Discussion as to whether print is better than digital hasn’t gotten old – yet. Maybe it will. Maybe it will not.

If you are considering self-publishing, you also need to decide about going for print, digital, or both. The truth of the matter is that you can do both very easily, but depending on your topic and target audience, you may want to spend a little time deciding which format will be your primary focus.

Get an ISBN

The ISBN, or International Standard Book Number, is a sequence of numbers assigned to books to identify them based on the geographical location of the publisher. If you have plans on publishing more down the road, it is smart to do this from the get go.

A step-by-step guide

Starting to get excited about self-publishing your book? Here is a handy reference on self-publishing a book. It guides you through the specific stages of self-publishing, from preparing your book for publication to marketing.

If you’ve got brilliant ideas that you’ve been itching to put together in one cohesive material (read: a book, perhaps), maybe it’s time that you do something concrete about it. Consider publishing!

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  1. Dean Saliba ) says: 9/19/2012

    Self-publishing is an avenue I intend to go down within the next year. I remember joining a forum a couple of years ago for aspiring authors and they hated anyone mentioning self-publishing and they didn’t consider anyone a legitimate author if they went down that route. :P


  2. Saskia ) says: 9/22/2012

    Thank you for this helpful post. I am working on a book about blogging – I already have written 15 pages and I am thinking about publishing already so I can publish it directly after completing the book itself. I will go with self-publishing, not because I have not found something else but because I like the freedom of doing things myself.


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