Publishing Mistakes for Independent Authors

So you finished your first book. It was a grueling, heart wrenching process. You slaved over it for days, months, maybe even years. Now it’s done, though, and you’re ready to share it with the world. Unfortunately, you may not be. There are a lot of publishing mistakes that new time independent authors make that you want to avoid.

 Publishing Mistakes for First Time Authors

Cheaping out on Cover Design

You’ve all heard that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. In a perfect world, this would be true. However, we don’t live in a perfect world and being cheap on your cover design is one of the worst publishing mistakes you can make.

It sucks to spend money, but this is one of those times when you want to make sure you spend the cash to get a professional looking cover made. You want something that’s eye catching, something that will make readers take a second look. It needs to be something that not only represents your book but represents your genre.


Not Editing Enough

Don’t flake out on making sure your book is properly edited. If you write a wonderful, deep, complex story, that’s fantastic. However, it’s not fantastic if it’s full of typos and misplaced words.

Luckily, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on editing. You can absolutely find a professional editor who will look over your book for grammar errors and inconsistencies if that’s what you want to do. However, friends and family exist for a reason. Make them read your book and check it for mistakes.

When you have someone you know or someone professional edit your book, be prepared for feedback. Editing isn’t always just about catching the fact that you keep starting every sentence the same way. They’re also going to be checking for inconsistencies and plot holes. Take what they say to heart. If they notice something wrong, then your readers definitely will.


Not Researching Marketing Tips

You can’t just put a book on Amazon and hope it will sell. You need to research the hell out of ways to market your book. If you want to truly get readers, take the time to do some research and avoid publishing mistakes such as releasing at the wrong time, or selling for the wrong price point. You’ll even want to research what genre to set your book as.

Social Media is a great place to market. You can use Facebook and Twitter to your advantage. Check out some articles on blogging and guest blogging as well. You’ll want to research how to go about creating traffic using paid ads as well.


The Biggest Publishing Mistakes: Giving Up

So you wrote your first book, got a cover, edited the hell out of it, and it’s still not selling. A lot of authors just give up there. The figure if all the tools in their arsenal haven’t worked, its time to return to their day job.

Don’t give up. Write more and more and more. Most successful independent authors have dozens of books up online. Keep writing and keep yourself from making these publishing mistakes. Good luck and happy publishing!


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Posted August 11, 2018 by Spencer McCoy in category "Uncategorized

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