Self publishing can bring a good profit and allows writers to publish anything they want. However, marketing is harder, especially since it’s easy to pick out a self-published book over a traditionally published book. Self-published books just look less professional on average.
That said, here’s some tips to help make self-published books look more professional:
1) Make sure your manuscript is perfect
Hiring a professional editor is the best way to go. I know it can be a lot of money, but it’s a huge turnoff to find simple grammar mistakes throughout the book. Editors can also help find plot holes and define your story as well.
2) Hire a professional to make your book cover
This gives your book a professional style. Book covers are sometimes your book’s first aspect that a reader will see. The first impression should be the best impression.
3) Make sure your website and social media is ready
Have your website set up with information about your book, including buy links. Give your readers some information about the plot and put up some reviews as well.
Your social media should be ready with promos about your book. Reach out on multiple platforms to make sure the word is out that your book is ready to buy.
4) Create a book launch/book tour plan
Even if your tour consists of just driving to bookstores around town, having a book tour is a great way to start marketing. After your book is released, everything you do should be devoted to getting your book noticed. The more places you visit, the more chances your book will see the spotlight.
5) Get beta readers to make a review
Having reviews already shows that your book is good and getting popular. Not many people want to read something that no one else has read before. Sometimes beta readers will demand pay, but the benefits are worth it.
Is there any tips I missed? Leave a comment below!