Gone are the days when writers relied on printing companies for their careers to succeed. At present, all you need is to master the art of self-printing and save yourself from the struggles that come with working with printing companies. Many writers are going down this route to maximize their returns. Other factors leading to this move is the lack of support from printing houses plus the need to retain artistic directions.
Below are some pointers to assist you along your journey.
Doing away with a printing house means that the bulk of the work will fall on your shoulders. As such, you must remain committed to your work, and you will require working hard on your content; given that you do not have someone pushing you with deadlines. Your success depends on how you present your work. Take a case of a talented painter who cannot explicitly express their work and thus falls behind. The same could happen to a writer, and you need to be on top of your game. In short, you must go above and beyond what other writers are doing so that you can stand out. Not only must your work be exceptional but you should also perfect your selling skills.
If you start out by producing books which are sub-par, readers will dismiss you for a writer who does not give much attention to quality. This perception will adversely affect your subsequent books, and as such, your entry into the industry must be spectacular. Look into issues such as typos. They may seem trivial but they significantly affect your career from the word go, and critics will have a field day with your book.
You need help
Reading through your work in search of mistakes will not work. Writers subconsciously become blind to their editorial errors and what seems perfect to you may be riddled with countless mistakes. As such, get help from an editor and be willing to accept corrections. It’s often best to hire more than one editor who can pore through the book and look for errors that the first editor did not pick out. Working with an editor from the start will save you a lot of time as you go about polishing up your work in the final stages. Do not work with people who are afraid to give you an opinion because your readers will not hold back theirs and this could be devastating to your career.
Do not cheap out when it comes to the production stage. Your work is an investment, and you must make it attractive enough to attract different kinds of readers. The cover of your book should stand out and convey the message in your writing. Work with a designer who will help you come up with a cover befitting your message.
Get the word out there that you are selling your book. Market it to your target audience and let them know what the book has in store for them. Delegating this role to other people is not prudent. Over time, you will reach your readers, and who knows, you could end up being a best-selling author.
Self-printing is hard and comes burdened with roles that a printing company would fulfill if you were working with one. However, it is more rewarding as you are in control of your message as well as the returns that accrue from your hard work. Take the step today and free yourself of message interference.