By Derek Haines on Just Publishing Advice:
Before you self-publish your new book, make sure you are ready
Too often, new authors get carried away with all the excitement of becoming a published author and rush way too fast into self-publishing.
When this is done, without working on building the necessary marketing and promotional tools beforehand, it is then a never-ending game of catch up.
What should have been an exciting book launch, ends up being a total fizzle, because few people apart from the author knew about the new release.
The process of uploading a Word file and a cover image and self-publishing the two as an ebook is extremely easy.
But without the necessary work before hitting the publish button, it is like throwing a bottle into the ocean and hoping someone will find the note inside.
The far better way to successfully self-publish is to get the basics in place first, well before publishing.
Here is a must do seven-point checklist to help first-time authors avoid making the classic mistakes that are difficult to correct after publishing.