3 Things To Avoid When You Self-Publish The First Time

Ever heard the saying if you knew better you'd do better? Well, that's the mantra I found myself living by in that weird space after writing my first book, and before writing my second book. Now that I reflect on my first self-publishing journey.

I've made tons of mistakes and want to share these three mistakes with you so you can avoid making the same mistakes on yourself publishing your journey. 

I started writing my first children's book when I was a sophomore in college. I was clueless, and I sat on it for a few years. Maybe longer than I should have. I speak about my journey as an author very openly, and it hasn't been easy—at least the road to being a successful self-published one. Years ago, when I started writing illustrators and illustrators kept falling through. I started getting discouraged, thinking maybe an author wasn't for me anymore. It wasn't until 2016 when I relocated to Los Angeles and found an illustrator that believed in my project and vision. It all played into divine timing. Everything I can't begin to tell you how much money I would've saved if I would have known what I was doing or had some.

One day my illustrator had asked me a crucial question. "What size do you want your book?" I had no concept of formatting. I was baffled. I had no clue what all it entailed. All I knew is that I needed an illustrator for my graphics. He just started to draw, and that's when the research began, and I didn't get done overnight. It felt like I was writing and getting ready to defend my dissertation. It was years of research, and quite frankly, I'm just now getting right. 

Here are some mistakes I made that you could avoid –

1) Edit, Edit, Edit –

Self-editing doesn't take the place of a professional editor. Hire someone you trust. Have them check for everything from grammatical errors to content fluidity. 

2) Know Your Idea –

I had an idea but not a fully developed concept. 

3) Know Your Format –

It doesn't matter what type of book you're writing if you don't' know what size to make it. I had no idea what I was getting into when I start writing my first book.

My new e-book Self-Publishing 101 – taking your idea from the concept is the perfect solution to assist you no matter where you are in your writing journey. 

you can begin your journey here 

What advice do you have for others on their self-publishing journey? Comment below. 

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