Self-Publishing: A Short Guide

Do you like the idea of complete creative control on your project?

“The Big Five” only account for 16% of Amazon’s best-seller e-book sales.

Keep reading to find out how to earn your piece of the pie by self-publishing.

Some of the major cons of traditional publishing are what keep many new writers at bay. You’ll need an agent and a platform. Writers who are represented and have a history of money-making titles will always take precedence.

The magic of self-publishing is that you can be a nobody and still have the potential to become a success.

What is Self-Publishing?

Many authors find themselves enticed with the allure of self-publishing. It ensures that they make all (or most) of the profits from their creative work, and gives them full creative control.

In general, self-publishing can be defined as a means of publication without the use of a publishing house. You do all the heavy lifting and earn the reward for it.

How Do I Start?

There are three avenues prospective manuscript holders should be aware of:


The preferred method of many, independent self-publishing involves an author who handles the full publication process by themselves. This includes printing, distribution, and marketing.

Keep in mind, going the independent route means all costs come out of your pocket. When it comes to formatting, either you have the required skillset to accomplish it for free, or you hire a professional to do it for you.

It is imperative that you, the author, be a self-starter with management skills and commitment to see the project through on your own.

With a Company

It sounds counter-intuitive, but authors who publish with a self-publishing company are still self-publishing. In this case, the author continues to finance the majority of the project on their own.

If needed, some companies offer publishing services to authors who are completely unable or just don’t wish to participate in the process. You’ll pay them to handle everything, which will be more costly.

Some companies will only aid you in printing the book; Others have a full list of marketing and publication offers for you.

You’ll want to do plenty of research before committing to any company. The key is to choose the one you trust and let them guide you.


Some companies specialize in a method known as print-on-demand (POD). They work with authors who only need small quantities of prints or prefer to only print when the product is bought. This is a wonderful alternative to having a house crammed with hundreds of copies of your new book.


Amazon’s CreateSpace is a free publishing platform for authors, musicians, and filmmakers. For authors, it comes with a wide range of tools to help you design a cover and format individual pages.

Amazon handles the manufacturing and shipping of copies for you. All copies are POD as customers buy them.

You earn royalties with every print, and they can be sent out as USD, GBP, and EUR. They even provide a royalty calculator to help you determine how much money you could make. This is accessible before you even make an account.

Get Out There and Self-Publish

What are you waiting for? It’s easier than ever to get your book published. With alternatives like CreateSpace, you can get your manuscript ready for print (and online sale) in minutes.

If you’re stuck on your thousandth draft and having trouble polishing up your characters, be sure to check out my guide to creating memorable characters.





Author: Christopher Fain

Author, blogger, content writer, and screenwriter based in Orlando, Florida. He is earning a B.F.A. in Creative Writing at Full Sail University. Twitter: @chrisjf93

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