I know the dream of releasing a book is held by many, and with the digital age it’s easier than ever to make that dream come true. But it can still be an overwhelming process.
I’ve been looking forward to writing this post since I started working on Wild + Precious a few months ago, and I hope it helps make your dream of writing and self-publishing your own book become a reality. I’m not an affiliate for any of these tools, just a huge fan.
1. Self-Control App
The online world is full of temptations for distraction and procrastination. The Self-Control App is great if you need a bit of help when it comes to getting focused. It blocks any websites you choose, for any length of time you choose – on my ‘blacklist’ are Facebook, Twitter and email. I used it when I was compiling and editing Wild + Precious, and I also use it when I write fiction.
I’ve been using Scrivener for a couple of years now and I adore it. It’s a program designed specifically for authors, and makes it easy to organize chapters, notes, research and outlines while keeping it all in one file. But I really love it because it has the option of compiling your work for publishing in different formats.
3. Draft 2 Digital
Draft 2 Digital is ideal for self-publishing eBooks. When I first started researching indie publishing last year, I was looking for something that made it easy, simple and fun, and this is it. All you have to do is upload your manuscript in Doc. format, choose and set your chapters and front matter, upload a cover, set your price and distributors, and within 24 hours or so your book is out in the world. D2D can get your book onto iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Scribd and PageFoundry. D2D tracks all your sales and royalties for you, too.
4. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
KDP gets your eBook onto Amazon, and the process is pretty similar to D2D. Do your research when it comes to choosing the best categories and keywords for your book, as these can determine where your book sits on the bestseller lists. Like D2D, Amazon KDP tracks your sales and royalties.
I used Createspace to publish and distribute the paperback version of Wild + Precious. The process isn’t as simple as publishing an eBook, but that’s to be expected as there’s more little things to do, such as: create a front and back cover template; order, read and edit/approve proofs; and wait for it to be approved by Createspace reviewers, etc.
I know the whole self-pubbing process can be intimidating, overwhelming and sometimes frustrating, but it can also be a lot of fun and very exciting. And once you hold that book in your hands and see all your hard work pay off, it’s so damn worth it.
Love + Wildness,
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