One of the core principles of communication they taught in my college business classes was: If you present a problem without offering a solution, you’re just whining. I started this blog with the intention of helping new and aspiring writers navigate the world of (self-)publishing, and that is still its primary focus, despite the occasional rant and whine.
With my last post, I presented a problem: Self-publishing costs time and money.
With this one, I would like to present a few workarounds and practical solutions that basically boil down to: It doesn’t mean you have to go broke to do it.
Be forewarned, this will be a very long post that essentially summarizes a large portion of this entire website, but I wouldn’t post it if I didn’t think it was important.
So let’s take it from the top.
The Process of Self-Publishing in 12 (Not So) Easy Steps
- Write a book
- Get it edited
- Copyright it
- Write your blurb and tag line
- Choose your distribution strategy and timeline
- Create your distribution accounts
- Format your book
- Cover your book
- Set your price
- Upload the files
- Click Publish
- Promote like the entire future of your writing career depends on it.
This list will be the basis for what’s about to follow. You’ll notice not all of the items on that list have a monetary cost attached to them. But I did say “time and money,” didn’t I? 🙂 That’s because your time is money. Free time isn’t really free. It’s time you could spend with your loved ones, or chilling out by yourself. Every hour you put into being a writer is work. Even if you don’t want to call it that. It’s work you expect to get paid for in the future through royalties, so it’s a cost that is meant to be recouped.