10 Signs That You Are NOT Ready To Self-Publish

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Synopsis
Are you really ready – not just your manuscript, but you – to self-publish? Here is a list of the ten most important things you must consider before getting into self-publishing.

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What You Will Learn In This Post
1. You will learn the 10 most important things you must consider before deciding to self-publish.
2. You will learn just how time-consuming and arduous self-publishing can be.
3. You will learn to re-evaluate your motives and expectations before self-publishing.

Introduction
Are you really ready – not just your manuscript, but YOU – to self-publish? Here is a list of the most important things you must consider before getting into self-publishing. So, before you ignore the traditional publishing process, make sure you have the stamina to become your own publisher. Self-publishing is not a short cut to seeing yourself in print, or to success. If anything, it’s more arduous and time-consuming than writing the book itself.



 

Sign # 1. You Believe That “If I Write It They Will Come”
Get serious. This thinking might work for a big-time author like Stephen King, but not for you and me. The rest of us need to work really long hours to make our books sell. We need to become experts in marketing, sales, SEO, blogging, and in all social media. We need to spend every minute possible sitting at our desk and writing. And the writing better be good.

Thank you to Joel Friedlander of the BookDesigner.com for linking to this article from his website Carnival Of The Indies #26

Thank you to Joel Friedlander of the BookDesigner.com for linking to this article from his website Carnival Of The Indies #26

Sign # 2. You Haven’t Researched Your Market Thoroughly
You better know everything there is to know about your market and your audience. Who will be reading and buying your books? What are the hottest topics and trends in your market? What books are actually selling in your industry (on Amazon)? By writing and publishing you are putting yourself out there as an expert in your niche. Your audience expects you to sound and act like an expert. If they get the slightest hint that you are not the expert that you are telling them that you are, you will lose your audience and they won’t come back to read or buy your books.

Thank you to Eldon Sarte of WordPreneur.com for featuring this article on his website.

Thank you to Eldon Sarte of WordPreneur.com for featuring this article on his website.

Sign # 3. You Don’t Understand What Actually Goes Into A Salable Book
This one might seem too obvious, but to some of us it isn’t. Too many books are getting published that barely look like a finished book. I have seen one too many books missing the table of contents, page numbers, index, isbn, etc., and even the author’s name! If you want to be taken seriously as a publisher and author, and gain your audience’s respect, you must create a professional-looking product. Complete in every way that a reader expects a book to be.

 
 

Sign # 4. You Haven’t Researched Your Niche Thoroughly
Read everything that you can get your hands on about your niche. You should know who the big experts are, and have read their books. Read the publications and blogs of those writers and groups within your niche. It is important to remember that in today’s terms, niche now means “micro-niche”. As a self-publisher you will most likely find the biggest success by narrowly defining your market niche. It’s much easier to become an expert in a very specific market where it is much less crowded with big well-established writers and publishers.

“Self-publishing is a business. It’ll force you to become a true capitalist. It will take up a lot of your time and money, with no guarantee of success. But, the more effort you put into it, the more you will get out of it.” (CLICK to tweet this quote)

Self-Publishing Review: 10 Signs That You Are Not Ready To Self-Publish, by Joseph C. Kunz, Jr.

Sign # 5. You Hope To Get Famous From Self-Publishing
This is possible, but not likely. Fame comes with a lot of hard work and lots of luck. Therefore, it can’t be your only motive for self-publishing your books. Instead, concentrate on building and improving your reputation within your market. Earning the respect of your peers and your audience is a very achievable and respectable goal – and will help improve your book sales.

 
 
 

Thank you to Patricia Marshall for featuring this article on her website The Creative Publisher

Thank you to Patricia Marshall for featuring this article on her website The Creative Publisher

Sign # 6. You Believe That Book Sales And Financial Profits Are What Self-Publishing Is All About
There is no guarantee that you’ll have financial success by publishing your books. The majority of authors make little or no money from their books. But, if you really understand your market, and become an expert in your niche, build a great book, interact and communicate with your audience, and devote your life to marketing yourself and your books, you will have book sales. Those books will then help bring you new customers, and build your reputation within your industry.

 

Publetariat - April Hamilton's website for people who publish

Publetariat – April Hamilton’s website for people who publish

Sign # 7. You Haven’t Started Marketing Your Book
You must start marketing well in advance of releasing your book. Probably the easiest and most productive way to get started is to build your own blog where you write about your niche. In addition, blogging is a great way to prove to yourself, and to your audience, that you are serious about your niche. This is also your chance to get started with social media.

 
 
 

Sign # 8. You Have No Marketing Plan
If you haven’t figured this out already, publishing is 90% marketing, 10% writing. If you love the subject you write about, and love to share the information with others, then this will not worry you. If you expect to make your book a critical and financial success, you’ll look at marketing your book as a welcomed challenge. Marketing is all about understanding your audience – the very people that you want to share information with and help them improve their situation. Therefore, you must develop a guideline, or plan, of what you are going to do to market your book.

Authors.com - 10 Signs Not Ready To Self Publish

Authors.com – 10 Signs Not Ready To Self Publish

Sign # 9. You’re Impatient
Publishing is not for the impatient. Everything in book publishing takes a while to complete. And when you are self-publishing, you are the one that needs to do all of the work – and also maintain your blog, job, family, and home. So, it might take you twelve to twenty-four months before you see your book in print. And then it might take another two years to show any profits from that book. So, you better choose your niche very carefully.

 
 
 
 

Thank you to writer Gene Lempp for featuring this article on his website

Thank you to writer Gene Lempp for featuring this article on his website

Sign # 10. You Jump In Before Understanding The Business Side Of Self-Publishing
Yes, self-publishing is a business. It’ll force you to become a true capitalist, whether you like it or not. This is a business that’ll take up a lot of your time and money, with no guarantee of a financial return. You will need to force yourself to learn all aspects of building and managing a company. But, the more effort you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

 
 
 
 

Conclusion
Now that you have read these ten things, and understand each one of them, and you still believe that you are up to the challenge, then you are ready to start becoming a successful self-publisher. And, by truly understanding these things, you will not be afraid of the time-consuming hard work that is involved in producing a quality self-published book.

Then stop procrastinating, and get started. Because now is your chance to achieve some of your personal and financial goals by taking advantage of the self-publishing revolution that is happening now.

Questions For Us To Think About And Discuss
1. Which one of these signs did you ignore before getting into self-publishing?
2. If that you have already self-published a book, which sign do you now realize was your greatest shortcoming in your plans?
Let me know in the comments section below.

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Publetariat Omnibus Ebook that features some of my articles

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• This article is also featured on Patricia Marshall’s blog “The Creative Publisher”. The link to this seems to be inactive. But her excellent blog is still active on her business website Luminare Press.
• This article was also featured on Eldon Sarte’s website WordPreneur.com. Unfortunately, this blog/website is no longer active.
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Thank you very much to author Yesenia Vargas for linking to my article.

Thank you very much to author Yesenia Vargas for linking to my article.

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Thank you to best-selling author Elizabeth Spann Craig for sharing and linking to my post.

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About Joseph C. Kunz, Jr.

I help make it easier for anyone with a passion for a subject – and a desire to help others by sharing their experience and knowledge – to self-publish nonfiction books that will help them build authority and credibility, establish them as thought leaders, and help them make more money. Kunz is a husband, father of twins, and the co-founder of Dickson Keanaghan, LLC, a medical training and publishing company near New York City.
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