Self-Publish Your Book and Reach a National Audience

Numerous writers face constant rejection from the publishing industry. While rejection is an inevitable part of the publishing industry, it is difficult for writers at any stage of their careers. You pour your heart and soul into a book, putting in hours of work, only to hear from a publisher that it is not what they are looking for at the moment. Numerous books that were previously rejected by traditional publishing houses have become extremely popular. How? It’s straightforward. Self-publishing is a route that many inexperienced or rejected writers take.

When you hear the term “self-publishing,” you may envision yourself writing a book, sending it to a printer, paying for copies, and putting in the legwork necessary to get your new work listed with major bookstores. That is no longer the case, thanks to the internet and an innovative new approach to publishing. While you must still pen the book yourself, you can outsource the printing to someone else. A growing number of POD (print on demand) publishers are aggressively seeking the next big thing. Print on demand is a term that refers to a publisher who manages all aspects of printing, but only on an as-needed basis.

The best self-publishing companies offer a variety of programmes, with the majority of them taking care of the ISBN number and cataloguing your book with all of the major online bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million. Additionally, when a book is assigned an ISBN number, it becomes available for purchase at any bookstore. Your book may or may not be physically available at your local shopping mall, but the bookstore there will be able to order it for you. As your new title becomes available nationally through the catalogues of all major bookstores, it will gradually become available globally as well. A year after your book is published, don’t be surprised if it appears in search engine results for major online bookstores throughout the world, including Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany.

With print on demand or self-publishing, you must pay a fee to have your book printed.  The company provides a printed version of the book in exchange for the startup fee, while the author retains all electronic rights to the work and a three-year contract with a one-year automatic renewal. A generous 20% royalty on the sale of each book is offered, with quarterly statements mailed to the author.

If you’ve been rejected by traditional publishers or simply want complete control over the design and content of your book, self-publishing may be the way to go. It’s difficult to find a traditional publisher if you’ve never been published. Self-publishing provides documentation of previously published work as well as royalty statements to demonstrate its success. Once your book is published, you must actively promote it. It’s the most effective way to transition from new to permanent status in your career.

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