Last week I introduced you to author Monica Cane, who has become an expert of sorts in regards to self-publishing. In an effort to publish and market her own books, she has completed extensive research and learned many of the ins and outs of the self-publishing world. Today, Monica will continue her post by telling us about her most recent self-publishing experience.

Monica Cane

With my most recent manuscript, Fresh Inspiration, I went a step further in the self-publishing process.  I visited Lulu.com and found that I was able to put my manuscript together into a lovely book format by simply downloading the script into one of Lulu’s many templates.  I then was given the option to choose the font style and format I liked best and create the cover design by following Lulu’s prompts.  I used a clear nature photo that I had on my home computer,  and I have to say, it came out beautifully.

I literally did everything myself in regards to putting together my book. The most exciting part was that it didn’t cost me anything to create – only my time, which, of course, I didn’t mind investing.  Once my book was complete online, Lulu gave me the option to assign my book an ISBN number so it could be sold online.  I couldn’t believe how simple it was and how rewarding it felt knowing I had a hand in every aspect of creating the book—for free!

Sure, with self-publishing, ALL the marketing is on the author, but as the author, if you really believe in what you have written, you’ll want to share your book with others however you can throughout your lifetime.

My favorite author, Frances J. Roberts, sold over 1.5 million copies of her book Come Away My Beloved. The interesting part was that she self-published the book over 40 years ago, and she just kept sharing it with friends and family and whoever came her way.  Word of mouth travels quickly, and over time she sold so many copies of her self-published book that a traditional publisher offered to pick it up and publish it for her to reach an even broader audience through major bookstores.

Her book is now listed as a classic, but it started out as one person writing a manuscript, self-publishing it, then slowly but surely marketing and selling what she believed in. Self- publishing isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely something worth looking into if you’ve tried traditional publishers and have had little to no success or just believe you could sell your book as well as a traditional publisher could.  If you really believe in the manuscript you have written, self-publishing is a wonderful way to begin sharing your book with others.

If you’ve ever considered self-publishing a book, be diligent and do your homework. It seems the players in the self-publishing world are growing exponentially nowadays. You want to make sure to find a publisher that can best meet your needs and your budget.

If you have any questions about self-publishing, Monica would love to help you. Don’t hesitate to contact her at A Breath of Inspiration.

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