As soon as a writer publishes their first book they are instantly transformed into that mystical realm of becoming a published author. Other people look on in awe from the sidelines and marvel how such a seemingly insurmountable goal was achieved. But, as my self publishing author client Nick Schuster would no doubt agree having now published his first book – Why am I in Pain?: Your journey from pain to relief – it’s relatively easy once you know how.
As with any major undertaking, breaking the self publishing process down into manageable steps makes the procedure far less daunting for first-time authors. With this concept firmly in mind, I’ve developed a 5-step book publishing program which I’ve called the Five ‘C’s of Self Publishing. The aim of my program is to help writers who are wondering what they need to do to convert their Word document into a printed book by guiding them through the complex minefield of book publishing.
So what are the Five ‘C’s of Self Publishing?
The first ‘C’ is the ‘Correct’ or editing phase. To make sure your book is the best it can be, your manuscript should be reviewed by a professional editor. They will check that your writing is 100% free from errors, your narrative flows smoothly, and your tone and style are appropriate for your audience.
The second ‘C’ is the ‘Create’ or interior page formatting and typesetting phase. Most people are familiar with the concept of designing a book cover. However, the inside pages of your book also need to be properly structured and laid out.
The third ‘C’ is the ‘Classify’ or administrative phase. This step involves dealing with the admin side of book production including obtaining an ISBN for your book and applying for the Cataloguing in Publication (CiP) record from the National Library of Australia.
The fourth ‘C’ is the ‘Cover’ or book cover design phase. Contrary to the well-known saying, most people do judge a book by its cover. An effective book cover should reach out and grab your readers’ attention. To do this, your book cover design needs to be creative, eye-catching and, most importantly, give your audience a glimpse of what’s inside.
The fifth ‘C’ is the ‘Check’ or proofreading phase. Proofreading is the final polishing stage in publishing your book. It involves carefully checking for any remaining grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors, as well as any formatting issues or typographical mistakes.
By following these five steps when you embark on your self publishing journey, you can be confident that your finished book will ‘look and feel’ identical to any title produced by a traditional publisher.