There are a lot of unspoken rules in self-publishing. Some of them I have discovered, a lot I have not. Each time that I have published something I have also learned something.
Today I want to share with you some ‘not to do’ tips of self-publishing that I myself have experienced. Getting your book through the program is easy, but sometimes you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.
- Do not have false expectations. Let’s face it, if you can’t devote 100% of your time and money into your novel, it won’t make top 100 even if it’s great. You need to realize that advertising is literally everything for a beginning author. Building your platform takes time, you probably won’t become a bestseller overnight (sorry to burst your bubble).
- Don’t select all of the selling channels. Okay, I’m about to share a very important selling rule with you. Don’t select all of the selling channels. Even though it sounds like a great idea, selecting all of the selling channels raises the cost for your novel and overall decreases the chance of someone buying it. I made this mistake when I published my first novel and didn’t even realize it. When I looked at my prices, I noticed that TLE cost more than TCR, which was ridiculous. So, I deselected the channels and was able to decrease my price to something more reasonable.
- Do not set anything in stone. This is so so so so so important. I talked about this tip previously in the context of setting something in stone in your novel. This time, I’m talking about publishing. So, I don’t know if anybody noticed but in the back of the Dreams of Darkness novel there is an about the author page. And in the author page it says, and I quote, “She is currently working on her third novel, The Missing Ruby, which is the sequel to The Last Emerald.” Did I ever publish something called The Missing Ruby? Nope. I didn’t. But when I published DOD, that’s what I thought the title of the book was going to be before I changed it. So what I’m saying is don’t set anything in stone that you don’t know for sure.
Those are just a few quick tips that can save you some embarrassment and costs in the future. If you have any other self-publishing questions, feel free to contact me! You can find all of that info on my About page.