Has self-publishing ever crossed your mind? Think you’ve got what it takes to write an entire book/manuscript/document, and then self-promote it? Let me give you a hand. In this post we are going to let you know a few of the qualities of a successful self-published author.
- The Author is Self-motivated
How well are you keeping your schedules? Do you tend to procrastinate? You have to stay on top of delivery promises. Such is the tedious but necessary ritual of continual follow-up. Here is the tricky part, no one will pressure you. This is something you will do for yourself, and no-one will be pushing you to do it. You can’t fire yourself; you can’t pay yourself any extra cash…
- The Author is a Very organized individual
While a commercial publisher will make sure everything is pitch-perfect, and handle a cover, marketing and branding, sales, and others tasks, you have no control once you sign over your rights to a publisher. If you are the type of person, who likes (AND CAN) control the whole process, then self-publishing is for you.
This means you need to be very organized, that way you won’t miss any details or tasks that will delay your publishing date.
- The Author is Confident
This is a no-brainer. You have to be confident in both you and your work in order to expose it to the world. The author needs to be willing to get any type of Amazon reviews, or even worse, get no Amazon reviews, and remain confident enough to continue promoting.
- The Author is Flexible
You need to be willing to learn to adapt quickly. The self-publishing market is growing quickly, and in order to keep up, you need to think ahead, and be willing to dance to new music continuously.
A marketing campaign you made for certain book wont necessarily work for your latest one. So, you need to keep your eyes open for new opportunities that help you stand out.
- The Author’s Gotta Have Heart
“You’ve gotta have heart! Miles and miles and miles of heart.”, because your project is so dear to your heart. You don’t have to self-publish, but you want to self-publish. Love what you do, and you will end up doing it well! If your heart is not into your project, probably self-publishing, or publishing at all, isn’t for you. To put your work out there, you need to be more than just confident, you need to want it, otherwise nothing will sustain your drive and motivation, and all efforts will be meaningless.
When you are ready to invest in the services of a professional editor, contact us here at Detroit Ink Publishing! We are ready to work with you!