Self publishing wasn’t always a viable option for new writers outside of vanity presses. But with the rise of ebooks and online marketplaces like Amazon, it is becoming more and more common. There are a number of reasons someone might choose self publishing over traditional publishing, not least of which is having more control over the final product and being able to keep a larger share of the royalties from their work.
If you’re considering this route, it’s important to take into account all the services a traditional publisher provides that you will now be responsible for. This includes professional editing, cover design, and marketing. This can cost thousands of dollars, which is a big price tag for most people. Of course, you can do all this yourself, or potentially get a friend to help you out for free, but in the end you get what you pay for. Given the choice, I will always recommend paying professionals for these tasks. If you’ve gone to all the trouble of writing and editing a novel, why wouldn’t you want to give it the best chance possible?
But I also know that some people simply can’t afford all that, so I’m here to help. The job that people seem to have the most trouble with on their own is designing their cover. Which can be a problem, as the cover is one of the main things that either draws people in or prompts them to keep on moving. No matter how well written your book is, if the cover looks amateurish, readers will assume the writing is poor and unpolished as well. I will say once again, if you can at all afford it, it would be well worth it to pay a professional. But for those who can’t, this is the first in a series that will give you tips and tricks to make your cover look as professional and appealing as possible.