NUJ member Jens Anders Wejsmark Sorensen, who we interviewed earlier, offered the following self-publishing tips at a recent branch meeting. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GET THE RIGHT TOOLS

  • Scrivener (/ˈskrɪvənər/) is a word-processing program and outliner designed for authors that provides a management system for documents, notes and metadata (€ 52)
  • Grammarly is an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform (€ 120/year)
  • Oxford Dictionary of English / Oxford Thesaurus of English.

 

GET YOUR BOOK EDITED

  • Scribendi – American editing and proof reading service (75.000 words / € 1,275)
  • Local editor (€ 1 per manuscript page / 70.000 words / 500 manuscript pages)

 

CONSIDER YOUR BOOK COVER DESIGN CAREFULLY

  • Use Amazon free Cover Creator tool to design a cover for your eBook or paperback. The tool allows you to customize your cover with a variety of layouts and fonts. 
  • Get an illustrator to do it (€ 800)

 

GET A GOOD BOOK DISTRIBUTOR

 

GET YOUR OWN ISBN

  • ISBN - Reserved 100 numbers / € 12 per number (www.isbn.nl)

 

MARKET / PROMOTE YOUR BOOK

  • Launch
  • Reviews
  • Advertising social media
  • KDP University - Campaign manager

 

MAKE FRIENDS

  • Other authors and professionals in the writing community
  • With the booksellers
  • With your readers
  • Author workshops

 

BE REALISTIC

The self-publishing revolution has resulted in a flood of content on top of all of the books published by traditional publishers each year – so you most likely won’t sell millions of copies. Be thoughtful about what goals you set for yourself and your book and then put steps in place to achieve them. Success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes dedication and business savvy.

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