Contrary of the popular belief that Indie Authors self-publish due to traditional publishing rejection, many if not most Indie authors don’t even wish to knock at the doors of the big five publishers because they want full control of their book and its profits. In fact, many Indies are already successful entrepreneurs, and established professionals in their fields when they decide to publish a book, and as with any self-made hands-on pros they are ready to give it all as Indie authors. But there is a problem with this self-sufficient attitude when venturing into a new Industry while trying to wear all hats. This is usually a quick way to learn about the industry, but it comes at the toll of little to no profits from the first and even second book. In my own experience, the biggest lesson is that it is okay to get help! Here are some tips on how to get the help needed without over spending:
- Educate yourself. There are currently so many inexpensive ways to learn about the self-publishing industry and process, whether through online classes, networking, writer’s associations or groups, etc. This step is crucial and the money invested in knowledge is money well spent in the long run.
- Create a business plan and budget based on the acquired factual knowledge that specifies the different steps of the publishing process.
- Make a decision on which tasks you should invest your time directly and which tasks are better off delegated to an experienced professional.
Remember that it is your project and you will be calling the shots but be wise enough to get and take advantage of the knowledge of others to ensure you have a successful first book!