There are so many Do’s and Don’ts, here are just a few…
Do your homework – Don’t assume that everything that you find on the internet (in terms of publishing services) are the same. Personally, as I have done my research of what is being offered out there, no two are alike, but all offer similar services. Not only that, but always check again when you’re just about to hire them. Services and prices can change over time. If you’re researching now for 6 months to 1 year from now, definitely pricing can change (for the better or worse).
Do schedule time – if publishing is one of your goals, you need to schedule the time to work on your publication. Be it writing, editing or working with your publishing service. The most successful people are those that complete their task. And for them to complete their tasks, they schedule them.
Have a goal – know why your publishing. Is it that you want to be the next JK Rowlings? Or did you want to bring more credibility to your expertise? Knowing what your goal is clarifies what you need your book to do for you.
Manage your expectations – like in business, you learn the most from failing. Sometimes a failure in your first book will bring success in your second book. Or, just covering your costs with your first book is your success. Know that we are not successes overnight, it’s our persistence that gets us closer to it.
Know what you pay for – sometimes what you pay for is what you get. So if it was next to nothing or free, then there might be a catch (slower turnaround times, not the files that you required or no rights to use it more than once). Then again, paying a lot doesn’t mean that you get something better. Ask to see their portfolio and check their references or testimonials.
Self-publishing is like being the contractor on a renovation/building project. You’re finding the resources to get it done right, within budget and on time. If you have more question, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.