Self-Publishing eBooks – Common Mistakes to Avoid
At first glance, self-publishing eBooks online seems like the most viable route for many new authors when it comes to getting their book out on the market.
While this is true, there are also many challenges that come with it, which many also tend to overlook.
To help you understand this better, here are some of the most common mistakes that authors tend to make when it comes to publishing their work online.
– Underestimating the amount of work involved. The first challenge, of course, is writing the book itself. Most people consider this phase the easiest. Once you have your manuscript ready and have put together all the necessary details for it, then you only need to publish it, right? Yes and no. Simply publishing your eBook on a platform such as Amazon Kindle is only half of the battle. If you really want to gain attention for your work and make some money off it, marketing is the greater challenge. Unfortunately, most writers who get into online publishing lack the knowledge needed to keep the ball rolling, and this is why many end up flopping or tossing their work out completely.
– High expectations. Your work will not be an instant hit no matter how good and unique the content is. Consider the fact that you have thousands of competition online; similar books that are vying for the same market share as you are. Again, this is why proper marketing is important. Generating buzz for your eBook will not be easy, but it will be worth it. Try to get as many reviews as you can, purchase ad space for your book, make full use of social media, and make sure that your book stands out from the rest. It might take time, but this will certainly boost your readership as well as your profits.
– Inability to accept criticism. Yes, it is not easy; neither does it leave with you a good feeling, but reading negative reviews about your work is just as important as reading positive ones. On platforms such as Amazon Kindle, you’ll be able to go through comments left by people who have purchased the book so use this to your advantage. If a particular aspect about your book has been pointed out more than a few times, review your work and improve on things. Use it to further develop your content-your readers would appreciate the fact that you’re taking their opinion into consideration and you will thank yourself for turning negativity into something more productive.
– Poor design. Last, but certainly not the least, plenty of writers often think that the cover of their book shouldn’t matter as much as its content. While there is some truth to that, in the world of online publishing, especially if you’re a new writer, first impressions do make a difference.
This is the first image a potential reader sees upon seeing your work and if you present something that looks like it was cobbled together at the last minute, they might also think that the content is the exactly the same: subpar. So present your eBook properly-the design need not be complicated or grand.
It only has to be interesting and follows the required size asked for by your publisher. No matter how great your cover is, if it comes out blurry, then all of it goes to waste.
So there you have it, just some of the most common mistakes that first time authors make when it comes to self-publishing eBooks. We hope this enlightened you a bit more on the subject. Good luck!
Source by Rob Hillman