The world of self-publishing is like a shark infested body of water. It’s full of sharks just waiting for you to make a mistake. The following are five mistakes that you need to avoid and why!
When you enter the world of writing and publishing, especially self-publishing, it’s easy to get excited and make some simple mistakes. They might not seem like such a big deal at the time, but often it’s very hard to recover from bad reviews or a poor start. We have compiled a list of five of the easiest mistakes self-publishing’s mistakes and why you need to avoid them. They’re listed below in no particular order.
One. Don’t try and use your ISBN on more than one book.
No matter how poor your sales are or how expensive it was to buy. Your ISBN is the unique way that people can search for your book. Each edition of a book, Kindle, paperback, hardcover, etc. should have its own ISBN. If you were to try and use your ISBN on another book, then the information on databases would be mixed up and confused, hurting sales of both books.
Two. Never use song lyrics, quotes from other books, movies or poems, etc. without permission.
It doesn’t matter how popular or common something is, it doesn’t mean that you can use it in your own book. You need to be extremely careful about how you utilize other people’s property. Otherwise, you could be liable for some very expensive compensation.
Three. Don’t cut corners with photo or image quality.
Just because you copied a photo off the internet and it looked great on your computer screen, doesn’t mean it is good enough for your print book. When it comes to photo quality in print books you need at least 300 dpi. The way an image looks on a computer screen or device will vary greatly when it is printed out. Don’t cut corners on your images. Otherwise, your printed book will end up with blurry, pixelated, or low-quality images.
Four. You don’t need to print 10,000 copies of your book.
There are plenty of ways that you can get some copies of your book printed. You may think you have gotten a great unit price on your book, but unless you start selling them, they are just going to take up a lot of space. There are places available like CreateSpace and Lulu that can print off copies on demand for you at a reasonable price. These businesses offer lower prices for authors and may be a more cost-effective solution than ordering 10,000 copies.
Five. Don’t cut corners on your cover designer.
We would all love to believe the old saying of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ but many readers still do it. A poor-quality cover or a misleading cover can be an easy way to lose sales. A cover is part of the book where a small investment could pay off. There a large variety of cover design companies online, and even independent designers working through freelancing sites like Up Work or Fiverr.
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