After the work has been published, there are just a few more things to consider.
Step 11: Contributing to the Legal Deposit
Since I registered as a publisher with Library and Archives Canada, I’m expected to send my novella (hardcover and eBook editions) to the Legal Deposit. The appropriate form also needs to be sent. Incompatible will be preserved for future generations to access.
Step 12: Creating the eBook
Formatting the eBook is a little bit different compared to the hardcopy. Check out Kindle’s eBook formatting instructions. Looks at other eBooks and see how they’re set up. A few things to keep in mind when you’re creating your file:
- Don’t include header or footer material (i.e. the page number, author, title)
- Create a table of contents
- Page margins are even; you don’t have to worry about physical binding. Edit the gutter to 0″
- Font’s bigger (12-16 size)
- Front cover is mandatory, a back cover is optional
- Remove review comments from your document
- The author bio can just be the last page
Step ??: Filing your taxes
This step could occur anytime, depending on the time of year.
Keep receipts of everything. If you paid an editor or cover designer, you can include that on your taxes. If you made money on your book, report that in your taxes.
Step ??: Marketing
You should have some kind of marketing plan before your work is published. There are many ways to promote a work. You can participate in literary events/readings, for example. Who’s your target audience? There are various indie author events out there.
Tell all your friends/family/coworkers about it.
Setup an online presence as an author. This can include creating a Facebook fanpage, twitter, Goodreads, etc. Kindle has KDP Select, which can help you with advertising on Amazon.
The SELF-e program provides you with an opportunity to have your eBook reviewed by Library Journal and available for library patrons to read throughout North American library branches.
Marketing will depend, ultimately, on what you want to do.
The writing, editing, and publishing process taught me a lot about myself and who I am as a writer. Planning and self-discipline are the most important things for self-publishing. The lessons learned will assist me with future endeavours. I will definitely be self-publishing more in the future!