The new world of publishing can be divided into two basic paths:
- The traditional path, with many gatekeepers and hurdles to be overcome before you can be published.
- The independent path, with the only barriers to publication being the ones you place there.
Which is better?
Both models have a unique set of qualities. However, independent publication is open to all who choose to write. In a sense, this brave new world has crowd-curated some of the finest content ever produced.
As a brave new pioneer in the publishing world, you are your own master.
Welcome to the wide-open world of independent publishing.
It may seem that this is a free pass to produce anything you wish. But if your goal is to be a successful author, you need to be your own steward of quality. As you wade into the fray, you will find that there are many others who have gone before you. They will have made mistakes and still have had enormous successes. Your journey will be much easier if you choose to listen, study, and learn from their wisdom.
I want to write a book. What now?
There are many methods you can use to produce a story. And there are some things that you can do now that will help make your story better.
- Research – If you want an audience to read your work, you need to understand that audience. Every genre has tropes and familiarities that make stories resonate with readers. Make your work your own, but know what readers expect from your brand of story.
- Plan – Another endless debate is whether to outline your story, or write into the dark (discovery writing). You must decide which will work better for you. There are extremely successful examples of both. A first time author should understand how to get from beginning, to middle, to end – before they set out.
- Schedule – New authors might choose to write only when they feel inspired. Experienced authors know that inspiration can be fleeting. If you want to write a book, it will take dedication, perseverance, and scheduled goals worked towards diligently. Some schedule their writing at a certain time of day or work for specific session lengths, others work towards word counts. All are attainable goals that you should work toward daily — inspired or not.
- Professionalism – Independent publishing has no rules about what you put out into the world. But if you want to be successful, you should treat your work with the highest level of professionalism. Understand the expectations in your genre for covers, blurbs, story, editing, and marketing. If you cannot produce the highest quality in all of these on your own – and most of us cannot – then outsource the work to a professional who can.
My book is ready, what now?
It’s no secret that Amazon is a pioneer and a giant in the world of independent publishing. They have a platform called Kindle Direct Publishing (or KDP) that makes publication on Amazon accessible to everyone. And while some may have the technical expertise to navigate the process, it can be confusing.
Are you looking for something to simplify and demystify the process?
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- Why you shouldn’t trust what Amazon says
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