Don’t Make These Mistakes that First-Time Self-Published Authors Make: Miral Sattar
At Bibliocrunch,I get a lot of authors coming to me for self-publishing advice. Over the last four years we’ve been in business, these are some of the most common mistakes I’ve seen.
1) Having Vague Goals
The first thing you need to do as an author is define your goals. Are you looking to get more readers? Or looking to sell books? It’s easy to get more readers if you’re a first-time author, but it’s harder to sell books.
2) Not Getting Your Work Professionally Edited
Once you’ve written your book, an editor is important. If your book needs a lot of work a developmental editor will evaluate and critique your manuscript, suggest and provide revisions and shape it into a smooth, workable piece. Next you might want to get a copy editor to catch any typos. It’s also helpful to make sure that your editor has edited works in your specific genre. You wouldn’t hire a non-fiction editor to edit your fantasy novel. Not getting your work professionally edited is like not testing a drug before it goes out into market.
3) Not Hiring A Professional Cover Designer
People judge a book by a cover. They will judge how it looks on a black and white Kindle and how it looks on a tiny iPhone screen. It’s important that your cover design catch the reader at first sight. A mistake that a lot of authors make is they design the cover themselves. If you’re not a designer you should hire a designer. Before you hire a designer check out the designer’s portfolio to make sure your vision and your designer’s vision are the same and that they’ve worked on covers that are similar to your genre. Also, make sure that you have rights to use the images in the cover, and whether you own the cover designer or whether the designer does.