You have looked at the three different types of publishing models and decided you would like to self-publish your book. You’ve also decided that you want to try to manage the whole process yourself. But what do you need to do to make this happen? Well before anything else, make some checklists!
When you venture out to publish your book, there are a lot of steps and a lot of people and things to organise, so having one or two checklists for each stage of the process will help you keep track of where you are and what else you need to do.
Here are a few checklist ideas that might help:
- The services you will need: editing, proofreading, distribution, etc.
- What you need before you start approaching suppliers: finalised manuscript, timeline, budget, etc.
- Individual supplier checklists, such as:
Editor (Have I researched at least two, have they explained the process to me, do they edit my kind of book?)
Proofreader (When should I have them proofread the book, how long will it take?)
Designers (Do they know how to do book design, do I need a seperate cover designer, have I sent them samples of designs I like?)
Distribution (Am I going to try bookshops, what about ebook and print on demand, do I sign up to each retailer individually or go with an aggregate service, what file types do I need?)
Printer (How many copies will I print, what type of paper will I use, have I asked them about what kind of files they need, have they sent me a sample of a book they have printed?)
You may also want to think about whether you want to do an audiobook, whether you need ISBNs (you will if you are going to sell copies of your book), what about a barcode, and have you applied for your catalogue entry with the National Library?
Publish Central has a free supplier checklist that can help get you started – just click the button below to download.