Self-Publishing Your Book Is Easy

Here’s how it works. You choose a size for your book, format your Word manuscript to fit that size, turn your Word doc into a PDF, create some cover art in Photoshop, turn that into a PDF, and upload it all to the self-publisher of your choice.

If you succeeded in formatting everything correctly, you will get a book proof back within a couple of weeks (or sooner).

After you officially publish your book, you can make changes to your cover and interior text by submitting new PDFs, though your book will go offline (“out of stock”) for a week or two.

Caveat: Creating a book that looks professional and is indistinguishable from a book published by a “real” publishing house is very difficult and requires a minimum investment of a few thousand dollars (when all was said and done, usually around $7500, which includes about $2,500 in marketing costs).

2 thoughts on “Self-Publishing Your Book Is Easy

  1. Pardon me for saying so, but your caveat is simply inaccurate. Self-publishing, even for those who want really professional-looking books, does not have a required minimum investment. The monetary investment of the author is entirely dependent on what skills they already have and what skills they are willing to learn.

    Suggesting that the only way to have a professional book is to invest $7,500 or more in the project spreads a falsehood that makes new authors even more vulnerable to literary scams than they already are.

    Please verify the accuracy of your statements before handing out advice that can hurt writers.

    • While you are correct that a required minimum investment is not required for ‘do-it-yourself’ self-publishers, if they turn to one of the larger self-publishing companies to do the work for them, there can be some rather exorbitant fees. Perhaps not as much as when the self-publishing business was new, but they are still considerably more than when one uses a company like CreateSpace.

      As you suggested, it all depends on the author’s expertise as to how ‘professional’ their self-published book will be. For those who have minimal skills and do not wish to expand their knowledge, the costs go up commensurately.

      Thanks for visiting my website. 🙂

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