When you’ve finished your book and you’re beginning to think you’re ready to begin seeking a publisher, it can be challenging to know if you’re truly ready. You may feel nervous and apprehensive about embarking on the self-publishing journey, and you may find it difficult to prepare for something that you’ve never done before. If you’re considering stepping into self-publishing your piece, here are a few tips to ensure that you’re on the right track before you take the big leap.

Find Your Tribe

Being a part of a writing community does wonders for your career as a writer. Connecting with other writers allows you the unique opportunity of finding answers through hands-on experience. If you’ve got questions, other writers will likely be ready and more than willing to share their advice with you. A writing community is a great asset to you because you’ll learn both from past successes and failures, and the moral support is next to none!

Create and Engage Your Audience

The dream is the same for most writers; be discovered as the ‘next big thing’. You want to be loved by all who read you! We all have these secret (or, not-so-secret) desires when it comes to our creative outreach. The mistake that a lot of writers make is to avoid or neglect building an audience because they have not yet finished or published their book. Let’s say you publish your book tomorrow- what will your readership look like? Aside from grandma and your mom, maybe a handful of your Facebook friends (probably less than you think), how many people are going to buy your book? The truth is that unless you’ve already marketed your book and yourself as a person, you won’t find success in your published piece. Rather, build your audience now! Blog, tweet, write and engage so that when the time comes, you can cash in on those very real connections and your previous reputation.

Research Like Crazy

Before you ever contact a publisher or move towards self-publishing, spend as much time as you possibly can on researching the process, the companies you’re considering working with, and how these publishers will (or won’t) work for you. Remember that what you do for your first book isn’t necessarily going to work for all your books in the future. Find the approach that best suits where you are with your writing today!