The 9 Stages of Self-Publishing

The process of self-publishing involves several stages before a book is fully completed.

Writing                                                                                                                    As an author, it is your responsibility to use your creativity and skills to come up with a good storyline. Your manuscript should be able to end in a completed product that is engaging, informative and entertaining at the same time before thinking of publishing it

Critical Assessment and Editing                        Self-publishing involves an in-depth manuscript editing and critical assessment. This is normally a tedious experience for many authors. Producing a high-quality manuscript requires experience and skills. This process can be time-consuming, costly and overwhelming particularly if you are inexperienced. It is your responsibility as a self-publisher to ensure that your manuscript is well-edited before considering it as final draft.

Copy Editing                                                                                           Copyediting involves engaging a third party to ensure that your manuscript is grammatically correct. This process is aimed at eradicating all mistakes such as poor grammar, wrong spelling, lack of punctuation marks and wrong captions among others. At the end of copy editing, your manuscript should have all the right qualities to make a pleasant and lasting impression read.

Typesetting                                                                                                        Now, this is where your manuscript is converted into a real book. The process of typesetting involves placing the right graphics, photographs, page size, and color to give a good first impression to your readers. It is imperative to check and countercheck your content to ensure that it qualifies as perfection.

Text and Cover                                                       Every book has its own unique text and cover design appearance. This is a very important process that any self-publisher cannot afford to overlook. This is where you ensure that your book’s typographical and cover design are perfect for readers to find your book worth buying. Think first impression!

 ISBN Registration                                                                                                  It is important for self-publishers to ensure that their work is ISBN registered. Each self-published book is given its own unique ISBN number for its publisher’s identification. It is impossible to sell your book online through a distribution service or physically without ISBN registration.

Printing                                                                           Your self-published book printing is entirely dependent on the quality of your equipment and experience. It is imperative to ensure that your book’s printing is of high quality to attract readers. A poorly printed book can be self destruction

Bibliographic and Copyright Registration                                                   Self-publishing cannot be successful without bibliographic and copyright registration. This process is priceless for writers. It ensures that you get the right recognition for your work and eliminates your chances of being exploited by third parties in the publishing industry.

Publicity and Marketing                                                                                      To start earning, you need to promote your book through marketing and publicity. You should have the ability to penetrate through all the complex sales and distribution systems to be a successful self-publisher. It takes dedication, time, sweat, creativity and finances to attract the right publicity for your book through the marketing process.

Conclusion                                                                                                      Getting the entire staging and implementation process of self-publishing wired will lead to increased sales and profits.

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How-To Get Your Work Copyrighted

Getting Copyright protection is very important as an author. Copyright protection ensures you’re your work is not infringed by third parties. By getting your work copyrighted, you can seek legal assistance in cases of infringement. Many writers have had to endure painful experiences after failing to get their work copyrighted under the international laws which can be daunting for anyone.

Here are 4 different ways of getting copyrighted;

Register your work                                                                                    Consider registering your work with the Copyright office. Copyright registration has been simplified by the advancement in technology. It only takes a few minutes to complete the whole process of registration. Authors can find the registration forms, fill them out and even make payments to Copyright registration service offices online without hiccups. Registering your work protects you from any infringers. However, it is necessary to ensure that your work is 100% plagiarism free to avoid legal tussles of your own with other copyright registered writers. You can successfully file for compensation from copyright offenders if you gather enough evidence of infringement on your work.

Agreement of ownership rights between co-authors                                  For writers who are involved in joint ventures, it is easy to get your work copyrighted through an agreement of ownership between co-authors. The good thing about this agreement is that it clearly defines who owns what rights and vice versa. By signing this agreement, you can rest assured that you are copyright protected in case your partnership falls apart.

Mark your work properly                                                                                       It is tremendously important for writers to ensure that their work is properly marked using copyright notices. You will deter infringement on your work if you display warning notices. Many selfish people are quick to reap where they did not sow. By including copyright awareness notices, people will take your work seriously and desist from committing any infringements that may lead to costly legal battles.

Keep supporting evidence                                                                                     It is important for authors to consider registering and keeping their work’s supporting evidence. It is extremely easy to have a strong case against copyright offenders when you can produce enough supporting evidence. Authors are required to prove that their work is 100% original. Supporting evidence is normally categorized under the evolution of ideas and watermarking. The evolution of ideas includes; initial sketches, synopsis, recordings and early stage drafts among many other things. Watermarking, on the other hand, refers to the process of inserting well- hidden footprints to act as evidence in case of infringement. Watermarks are normally difficult to alter or get rid of for offenders.

Conclusion                                                                     Implement Copyright protection for your own convenience as an author. Copyright protection makes it possible for you to sue offenders successfully predominantly when you can prove that your original work was infringed for personal or commercial purposes.

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