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8 Things you need to do before you self-publish

I am in the early stages of my novel. I have a first draft done, but now the work really begins to make the character and plot arcs coincide and be plausible, logical, and engaging.

However I am also keeping my eye open for future marketing options and recommendations, and beginning the journey to raise my profile as a writer and local historian.

I worked for many years at the Vancouver archives assisting researchers, but that was before I had kids and took a big detour homeschooling them and turning my energy to parenting and community activism, so a lot of people who I’ve met in the last 15 years don’t know about my work in local history.

I may self-publish, but since my story is predominantly of local interest, it might be better for me to go through a conventional local publisher and be eligible for local recognition and exposure. I’m still deciding and hope that the answer will make itself apparent when (if?) the time comes. In any case, even if one uses a conventional publisher I’ve heard there is still a huge onus on the author to publicize her works so regardless of the path you choose, it seems like a good idea to get on the marketing band-wagon early so you can set yourself up as well as possible beforehand.

My two cents’

Annmarie McQueen

I recently wrote a post about my experiences of self-publishing on the Amazon Kindle store, explaining my reasons for going through with it and why I think it’s a great idea. However for those who are planning on trying it for the first time, it can be a daunting and scary prospect. I would recommend doing as much research as possible beforehand, to know what you’re getting into. Jumping into self-publishing without adequate preparation is a huge waste of an opportunity. Here are some of my top tips for preparing to self-publish your novel:

  1. Decide on your author brand: Are you going to use your real name, or a pseudonym? What sort of books will you write – romantic comedies or dark thrillers? How are you going to market yourself and to which type of audience? It’s a good idea to come up with a basic marketing plan before…

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