Congratulations on finishing your first book – it’s a huge accomplishment. And now that the hours of writing, and rewriting, and editing are over, it’s time for the most exciting step – publishing!
Don’t be intimidated by the self-publishing process. You can get your hardcover book published and marketed in no time at all.
Read below to find out how to publish a hardcover book.
Step 1: Format
A self-published author is responsible for every detail of his or her book, including the formatting. Think about the chapter headings, page numbers, and a title page for your book.
Don’t be afraid to send mock-ups to friends or hardcover booking experts to get feedback on your formatting choices. You can also purchase or download free formatting software to help you with this step.
If you have doubts about your ability to format the book – hire a professional.
Step 2: The Title
If you haven’t already chosen a title for your book, now is the time. When choosing a title make sure that it is unique and memorable. Research your draft title to make sure that there are no other books with the same or a similar name.
When in doubt, make the book title short. You don’t want to give away the plot in the title – keep it mysterious to draw in potential readers.
Step 3: The Cover
Once your book is written, edited, and formatted, you can start thinking about what you want the cover to look like. Your cover needs to attract your target reader before they even read the synopsis.
Use a style that reflects the genre or tone of the book. Imagine your target reader walking into a book store and is browsing the hardcover books, what would catch their eye and make them pick up a book?
You can hire a professional cover artist for your self-published book process too. If you feel unsure about the cover, work with a professional. They have the experience and knowledge to help your book succeed.
Step 4: Write a Great Description
Your hardcover book will need a short description to draw in the reader and explain what the book is about. Your description should include some plot synopsis without revealing too many details.
The description should leave the reader wanting to read more! Your book description is the part of the first impression for readers – so make it count!
Step 5: Printing Your Hardcover Book
You are ready to publish and print your book! Check out these printers that specialize in printing hardcover books. You can print as many books as you’d like but remember that usually the more you buy the less expensive they will be.
And once you have prints of the book, it’s time to create a smart marketing plan to increase sales of your book. Connect with other authors, schedule free promotional events, and use social media to market your book to the max.
Become a Published Author!
Each of these steps will help you publish your first hardcover book. It’s a long process, but the details matter – so don’t skip any steps.
And once your book is published and readers are devouring every page, you can celebrate your success. Or, you can get started on book number two.
You can find more guides like this one by visiting the how-to blogs on our website – enjoy!