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Sixteen Steps For Self-Publishing

Updated on October 2, 2013

What’s the Big Deal?

Welcome to the world of 2013! Fast food and fast books, all at your finger tips….we have reached the point in the literary world where literally anyone can publish a book. Gone are the days of not-so-long ago when writers would slave in relative obscurity with no guarantees that their book would ever see the light of day. Today you can write your book, download it and format it onto Kindle, and your book is online and up for sale in a matter of days after you have finished writing it. In other words, slam, bam, thank you ma’am.

And no worries, mate, if you want to see your book in hard copy. There are numerous sites available that will be more than happy to print your book in hard copy for a price of course, leaving you with a book in your hands and hopefully a marketing plan in your mind.

That is all well and good if your only goal was to just write a book and get it published, but what if your goal was to not only get the book published but to actually have someone buy it and read it? Every Tom, Dick and Harry can publish a book, but not every Tom, Dick and Harry can sell a book, and that’s what this article is all about.

If your goal was simply to publish then stop reading this article now. You have been successful and I say congratulations to you and best wishes on your future writing.

If, however, you actually want to sell a few of those books, then read on!

Writing the book is the easy part of the process
Writing the book is the easy part of the process | Source

MAKE A SCHEDULE FOR PRODUCTION

In other words, organize, organize and organize some more. It is too easy to get sidetracked or completely knocked off the tracks. Write up a schedule detailing each step of the publishing process, and then plan on life interfering and double the time you are allotting for each step….and then commit to the schedule and stick with it.

FIND AN EDITOR

A doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient. The same can be true of an author who edits his/her own work. Do not save pennies and skip this step. Find a trustworthy editor who you can afford and pay to have someone edit your work.

PAY FOR A DESIGNER

Find someone who knows what they are doing to design the cover and other interior work as well. If you want your book to be taken seriously then it needs to be visually appealing. We would all love to be accepted just for our writing talent but that’s not how the real world works.

DECIDE WHO YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS

This is so important as you prepare to market your book. Who is your book aimed at? Who is most likely to read your book? This is Marketing 101, folks, and you need to pay attention to this very important step in the process.

DECIDE ON A PRINT AND DISTRIBUTION PLAN

How are you going to get your book out to the public? If just online then your decisions are limited and easy. If it is a printed book you have many options and you need to make some decisions so you can focus your marketing plan accordingly.

Listen to those who have done it

DECIDE ON A PUBLICATION DATE

Set a date and stick with it. Your marketing plan will hinge on this and needs to be decided upon in advance. If you schedule a reading of your book at a bookstore based on a publication date and then the publication is late, you end up looking like a fool at a very important time in your life. Let’s avoid that, shall we?

DEVELOP A MARKETING PLAN

Unless you are rich this will require some imagination, but it is possible to market your book spending very little money. Figure out what you can afford and then get specific regarding the steps you are going to take.

TWEAK THAT TITLE AND MAKE IT EXCELLENT

Your title is the first thing new buyers will see….does it say what it needs to say? Does it grab hold of readers and is it reflective of the point you want to make? If you are writing non-fiction the title is a bit easier; simply describe what your book is and do it in an interesting way. In fiction your job is a bit tougher.

GET RECOMMENDATIONS

Do this in advance of publication. Send your manuscript out to other authors or experts in your field and ask them for an endorsement. Once you have that endorsement make sure it is either on your cover or on the inside of your book. Also look for some reviews from fellow authors and include those reviews inside your book and online.

GET A COPYRIGHT

Go to http://copyright.gov for more information, and important information it is….protect your work! You worked hard writing that book so let’s not get lazy on this step and open it up to being stolen. According to copyright law as soon as you publish you are protected, but many choose to take it the extra step, so you might want to consider going to this website.

GET AN ISBN

Booksellers track and sell your book by use of the ISBN code, so make sure you secure one. You can go to www.isbn.org for more information.

MAKE A TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR NONFICTION

This just makes life easier for readers of your nonfiction book, so take the time to include it in your book. Even writers of poems and essays should include a table of contents so the reader can randomly choose chapters that interest them if they are in a hurry.

INCLUDE AN AUTHOR BIO

Readers want to associate with an author. Don’t skimp on this important section of your book. Include it at the end of your book for easy reference.

INCLUDE CONTACT INFO

If you don’t have a website then get one, and include it at the beginning of your book along with copyright and ISBN information. The more ways you have for readers to contact you the better, so consider also including an email address and any other site address that will help in this goal.

EXECUTE MARKETING PLAN

The book is published and now it is time to sell, sell and sell some more. Do guest blogging, do readings at the local bookstores and libraries. Schedule book signings and radio appearances. Get out there and sell your work.

KEEP DETAILED TAX RECORDS

Tax deductions, expenses and revenue. Big Brother is watching and you definitely want to keep Big Brother happy, so make sure you have great financial records of expenditures and income based on your writing efforts.

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And That’s All There Is

Easy peasy, right?

Yes, it is easy to get published in today’s world, but if you actually want to have people read your book and buy your book then you have some work to consider. I have often said that writing the book may be the easiest step in the publishing process. After the last sentence is written then the real work begins, so organize your efforts and maximize your rewards.

Best wishes to all of you. I want you all to know the thrill I have known through publishing. It really is quite a remarkable feeling to see your own work in print, and it is an added bonus when someone else actually reads it and raves about it. I hope you all spread your wings and fly with your own book.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, that's the way to go. Getting a traditional publisher is a tough gig but worth the effort...my suggestion would be to try and get an agent and let the agent find you a publisher. Usually publishers won't look at non-proven writers, but an established agent they will listen to. Good luck and thanks for the visit.

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      Eric Calderwood 3 years ago from USA

      Epublishing is an exciting idea. It also doesn't have to be the only way you go. I'd like to sell some of my material as ebooks and go after standard publishers as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you jainismus; I'm glad you thought so.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      This is very useful for every writer who wants to get self published....

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      FlourishAnyway you are right; there is nothing holding you back. Good luck with your first book and thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is incredibly jam-packed with such useful information, billybuc! Thank you for providing this for fellow writers. I have always wanted to write a book, and now with self-publishing, there's nothing holding me or anyone else back. Great, great hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are having a great week.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Wow - did not know there was so much to do when self publishing. This is really useful for aspiring authors. Shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, keep working at your craft and maybe it will happen. Thanks my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Mark Johann 4 years ago from Italy

      This is another outstanding piece for us hubbers. I wish I could publish an excellent book someday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it Dianna! Thank you for the visit and blessings to you always.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am filing this in my files for future reference. These tips will make the path forward much easier to follow. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Writer Fox, I agree, it is easier than ever to find an audience. Keeping that audience is the tough job. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Very interesting presentation of the process for self-publishing. With the age of the Internet, it is easier than ever to find an audience for self-published books. Enjoyed and voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, thanks! Self-publishing is quite easy; so easy I could do it. :) However, self-publishing a good book is a bit harder. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for emphasizing for new writers, Bill, that self publishing has become as popular as sliced bread and is 'easy peasy' as you suggest. Hope your weekend was delightful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you very much. That is a wonderful compliment because that is what I try to do. Thank you for the affirmation and Happy First Day of Fall to you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, there are some great tax deductions for writers. I have a hub about tax deductions for writers if you have the time and can find it. Thanks my friend.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      All great tips and important information. I love your ability to organize your information in a user-friendly way.

      Happy First Day of Fall,

      Kim

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for this Bill. I should really keep all this in mind, especially about taxes.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt about it, Michelle. There are definite financial constraints involved with self-publishing, and those constraints hold back many a writer. Thanks for pointing that out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Deb. Now all that's left is to actually do these steps. :) Thanks my friend and I'll see you at Boomer Lake soon.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, your words are repeated daily by thousands of writers. Hopefully all will find the marketing talent to become a financial success. Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Absolutely, LK....just writing a book is a great sense of accomplishment....this is solely for those interested in actually making money with their book and I hope it helps many. Thanks for sharing your views.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Bill, I guess what will get to most people are the financial constraints of hiring an editor or designer...both expensive yet necessary. Something to get around!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You have everything written up for us to refer to here, so it will be quite a bit easier. Thanks again, Billy. You always save us time and trouble.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the useful information, Bill. I would love to self-publish, but I'm not much of a salesperson. Hopefully I will eventually become one!

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Thank you, Bill. This information is so valuable for all writers. It's true that anyone can write a book. Marketing is what sells the book and makes money. However, not everyone who writes a book will earn a profit. There is a sense of satisfaction and personal accomplishment that defines your own idea of success. More power to any one who puts forth the effort.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, Dora! Best wishes to you and thank you!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I will save this hub as a reference guide. I do intend to follow up on this, as soon as I am settled. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Common problem, Liz. I think most of us can relate to that statement. Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thank you Bill. I really need to dive into marketing more. I'm always so focused on writing another book, but I need to take the time to market the ones I already have!! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carrie, the first book I wrote, I edited it myself. I must have read that thing twenty times, sent it to the publisher, and as soon as it was printed I spotted a rather large error on page 5. LOL Yes, get an editor.

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Kept private 4 years ago from Northeast United States

      Thank you billybuc! :) Hopefully one day this could be me. I would love to publish a book someday. Maybe two. I think getting an editor is a must ! :) I have a lot of grammer/punctuation errors in my work and would love someone to clean it up. Thanks again for this great and interesting article. Have a great week

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's okay, Leslie...I understood. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, that is great news about your kindle books. Best of luck to you in the future and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I might add you have been quite successful with your books, so obviously you are doing something right. Maybe you should have written this article. :) Thank you kind lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, it seems to me that writing a book shouldn't be too hard for you considering the volume of hubs that you have written. You are a writing machine and quite knowledgeable. Good luck to you and thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, this is the side of publishing that writers hate but it is so important. Debbie on HP is great at it...the rest of us have to battle our own demons. LOL

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend, and blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool, Jon! Good luck to you, Sir, and thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, you are very kind and I greatly appreciate it. You brought a smile to my face this morning. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, that is great news about the publisher. Good luck with that my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, it seems to me that you are an expert in your own right with that job you have. Thank you for your kind words my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, that seems to be the biggest problem for most writers. We all love to write, but marketing is painful....good luck getting over that hurdle and thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, your first point is excellent, the good and the bad news regarding anyone writing a book. World of mouth will kill a book once the relatives and friends are done buying it. The real market that does not love you will determine whether your book makes it or dies slowly.

      Thanks for some great points!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Schoolmom, exactly. Setting up a schedule for everything and then sticking to that schedule will avoid pitfalls that happen to every self-publisher. Good luck to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that is music to my ears. I look forward to the day when that book of yours hits the shelves. Thank you buddy and have a fantastic weekend.

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      lesliebyars 4 years ago

      That was supposed to be relatively easy...oops

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have many kindle books published and have been self-publishing for a while my earnings have been paid in Pounds and dollars I am more than pleased with my results. Thanks for an excellent write up on self-publishing the best for me and works well

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great tips, Bill! I have self-published 11 books so far and have followed everyone of those rules...except the designer. I have designed my own covers. Marketing seems to be the most difficult part for me. I've never been much of a salesperson!! Thanks for posting. Sorry it took so long to comment!

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      lesliebyars 4 years ago

      Bill,

      I always enjoy reading your hubs and this one is no different. I have an idea for a book and I am going to post this to my pinterest page so that I can find it realatively easy. Thanks for another great hub. Voted useful and posted to pinterest.

      Leslie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Bill, you are so wise! Yes, we can publish the book and then look at it ourselves LOL Marketing is key to getting it out there into the hands of those persons who will actually read it. That is another aspect of it all, the right target audience. Excellent advice here. I never knew of the ISBN number, so thank you very much for that too.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Excellent information inside of a great article; some that I will be using myself. Thanks.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Bill, you need not change a thing about the book. I have read many books in my life. When I selected your book to be my "nighttime reading" book, I expected to just read one chapter at a time. You know... read a chapter, turn out the lights, and go to sleep. Well, the book became so adventurous that I finally decided to hunker down and enjoy it to the end. And I did... enjoy it to the end.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Thanks Bill. This is just the article I will need in future although a small market publisher in Ontario is already following me regarding my forte.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Excellent tips, maestro! You are a writing expert and it's wonderful that you are sharing your knowledge with all of us.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My biggest thing right now is promoting the book I published.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Excellent and thorough advice (as usual), Bill...The good part of the publishing environment today is that literally anyone can publish a book. The bad part...is that literally anyone can publish a book. I've read, or partially read, a few real clunkers!

      I hope anyone planning to self-publish takes your advice about the need for an editor (and I'm available, to shamelessly self-promote my editing skills and experience). It comes as a harsh and unwelcome surprise when a self-published book falls flat after selling a few copies due to a lack of editing. Word of mouth and truthful reviews on Amazon cannot be underestimated.

      Voted Up+++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Schoolmom24 4 years ago from Oregon

      Excellent advice! I am really considering self publishing in the near future so loved reading these tips. I especially appreciated the tip about organizing and setting goals for production. So easy to let things slide because you can! Voted up and useful!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. You continue to show us the way. There will be a day in my future when this advice will come in handy. When the time is right, and available I'll simply follow the path you have laid in front of me. Many thanks for sharing your knowledge. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Solid advice Sheila. On my first book I had a title all set and then realized it was the title of an album by the Beatles...that would not do. LOL Working titles are a great idea and I think most authors run into that situation. Thanks for adding to the discussion.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello BuffaloGal...thank you and it's good to see you again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, that is music to my ears. Thank you for the kind words about my book. It was definitely a labor of love. Would I write it differently today? Probably, but still it was my first and I'm proud of it.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Jackie! Yes, Lulu will cost you as will most of those sites but it may be the only way. The library is always a good place to start, as are local bookstores. Good luck, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Stephanie; good to see you again. Thanks for the visit and have a wonderful weekend.

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      sheilamyers 4 years ago

      I'm sure this hub will help anyone who is thinking about self-publishing. I'd like to add to the section about titles. I always create what I call a working title and it may change as I go along if I think of something better. But before I settle on the final title, I always plug my title into the search at two or three book sites. If the title is already being used, I try to create something at least a little different. This way if someone reads my book and tells their friends about it and forget my name, when the friends look for it by title they don't accidentally buy a book by a different author.

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      T. Clifton 4 years ago from Buffalo, Missouri

      Great. Informative. Nice hub! Very nice!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Your tips are very helpful. You definitely know what you are talking about. By the way, I am a raving fan of your book, Bill. It is filled with all the things I enjoy in a book. I had a wonderful experience reading it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I did all the rest, not bad I don't think but I do need to market it. Got an email from Lulu where they are pushing books, I am sure for a price but need to at least look at it, don't I? Have thought about taking my book to the local library being sure those women will like it...that sort of plans?

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing!! Pinning this for future reference!! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I wish you and I could sit them all down in a room and pound this point home....without marketing a book is going nowhere.

      Thanks and have a fantastic weekend my friend.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Yep, writing the book is the easy part. Selling and marketing it isn't. The first and foremost question EVERY writer and wannabe publisher needs to ask: Why am I doing this? It helps answer all the other questions. Thanks for helping to move more writers on the path to publishing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great mementos to pass on to children. I love that you are doing that, Brandi. Maybe some day you will have your own book to pass down to them. :)

      Have a great weekend my friend.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Billy! My great-aunt published a book 20 years ago, and my piano teacher published a book about 12 years ago. My great-aunt ended up giving away all of her copies, I doubt she made much from it. My piano teacher broke even with the publishing costs. I have copies of both books which I cherish and will eventually pass down to my own children when they are old enough to care for them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, it's always good to see you again. I hate to tell you this but winter is fast approaching. :) I hope you had a great summer and thanks for stopping by.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent article! Thank you for giving me a good outline of the steps you should go through for self-publishing. This is really helpful!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, DJ....get a nice down comforter and warm up, girl! :) Sorry about the chills....thanks as always for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      IslandVoicee, good luck to you on your journey and thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Carol, I didn't mean to exhaust you. LOL Thank you so much; it is important information and I want everyone to succeed.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Oh, Bill, you have just given me chill bumps and not in a good way.

      I can write some, but I can not think on my feet.

      My days of self confidence are well behind me.

      Of course, I am far, far away from time to make any decisions of

      that nature.

      Great information, as all ways.

      Have a super weekend!

      DJ.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Very helpful! I'm in the process now, thanks!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am exhausted...Seriously this is excellent and everyone who is thinking about the self-publishing route needs to read this over and over. GOing to pin and special facebook sharing...It is too good to keep just here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, Sha's words are so very common for many writers....we love to write but we hate to get out there and market in person....I think online marketing is too easy a trap to fall into...it eliminates the nasty business of meeting people face to face and hawking our product....and I think that's where many books fail.

      Thank you kind lady. Have a wonderful weekend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh....Eric, I think it's a good idea....I wouldn't give more than one or two in advance, but I think it serves a good purpose. I've done it with a couple books and it was well-received. :)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thank you, Bill...I am vicariously listening to your talk with Sha...I am not shy but I seem to be blocking my own efforts...it will all come together, I am feeling it...

      Have a wonderful weekend and appreciate the inspirational as usual.

      Love, Maria

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Some hubbers who are going to self publish go ahead and give us chapters ahead of time right here. What is your thought on that. Teasers I suppose. Maybe like trailers for movies?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Benjamin! I tried to whittle it down to bare basics to make it easy to understand. Good of you to stop by and I'll try not to disappoint you in the future with more writing articles. :) Have a great weekend.

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      Benjamin Chege 4 years ago

      Awesome Billy, I love the precision and clarity of all the steps for self publishing. I have always wanted to have my works published and this hub has motivated me further. Can't wait to learn more from your hubs. Enjoy your Friday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool Eric. I'm not sure I understand your question at the beginning of your comment. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yep, that is truth, Sha! There are too many books on the market and they won't sell themselves. I hope you jump that hurdle. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, the answers to your questions are 'no' all the way around. I'm kinda shy when it comes to public speaking and the like. Another hurdle I need to learn to jump if I expect to sell my book (and myself!)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tre' cool. I am edging closer. How about what see are chapters being displayed her on HP prior to publishing?

      Believe it or not some appellate briefs I write for lawyers -- the lawyers are actually using many of these tools. I use several in a networking type of way with my writing that I do for others in the legal arena.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ, I'm so happy to hear that about your novel. You did everything right in my opinion and it's nice to know it is all paying off. Well done buddy, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Suzie, please tell MJ Happy Birthday for me. I can't drink but I hope he hoists a beer or two for me. :) Thanks for stopping by during your relaxing day and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Made, enjoy your weekend and it was good to hear from you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, my first question is what have you done? Have you had a book signing or a book reading at a local bookstore or library? Have you called local radio stations and talked to them about interviewing a local author? Have you called local book clubs and asked to read to them? Just thinking out loud. :)

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Excellent nuts and bolts hub, Bill. Great video on Kindle Direct. KDP is a no brainer for a self publishing author. My novel is doing very well on KDP.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      What another gem with all the necessary ingredients for getting your book out there. As I am determined to go this route I will be using this article as my list of what to do! Bookmarked, votes, shared and pinned. Love how you make this subject simple covering all the steps in a concise way that makes sense and likely to stick in this Irish brain! Cheers buddy, have a great weekend!! Today is MJ's birthday so have been having a nice relaxing day with a meal later and some movies.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Thank you, we are well. Magnus is in Helsinki. It's just my childen and I enyoing this Friday evening at home, and I'll be working this weekend. I hope there will be time for some writing, too.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      The video above is amazing. How have these authors sold thousands of books? Does Amazon help with marketing? I self-published thru Lulu.com. They have emailed me several times to take advantage of their Helix program, which will help with marketing. I guess I'd better look into it because I could use some help. My book hasn't had any sales since a couple of months after I published. Hmmm. Another thing to add to my to-do list!