Throughout my writer’s journey, I needed someone to talk shop with about book marketing, traditional publishing, and indie publishing. To help improve my writing, I decided to seek out and attend a writers’ critique group.
For the Christian author wanting to self-publish a book or books, quality (besides good content) should be a priority. Correctly placed commas are an important aspect of excellent writing. Even if you plan to hire a book editor, which is one of two simple steps to improving your manuscript, you should do your own self-editing as part of the writing process.
You’ve written and edited your book, prepped your files, and now you’re ready to send it to print! Even after you’ve checked off all those boxes, you may have another significant decision between digital and offset printing. So, what’s the best printing method? Whether you’re publishing a full-color hardcover children’s book or black and white softcover, it’s essential to know your print production options and how they could affect your budget, timeline, and, most of all, the successful sale of your books.
If you’re self-publishing a Christian book, there are some things—particularly as they relate to building your press kit for a media pitch—that you need to know. And if you’re doing your own publicity work, there may be no one around to tell them to you. I hope that’s where I can help.
Traditional publishing houses are diminishing. With the shortage, a plethora of smaller presses and publishers has erupted, along with an excellent selection of outstanding indie-published books.
Some people are in love with the idea of writing and visualize a life of leisure, sitting around typing out a few dozen book manuscripts and raking in the greenbacks (you can laugh now). Others have one story they feel the need to share, but they have no plans to pursue writing, and therefore, lack the drive to do what it takes to get published. However, many sincerely want to write but find writing a full-length book a daunting task. Or sadly, they finish their manuscript but are stonewalled by the thought of finding a publisher or self-publishing and then (gulp!) book marketing.
In my years of experience as a mystery author, writing coach, and education lead for the visual outlining software Plottr, I’ve found—like many others—that there are two main types of writers. There are writers who plot every aspect of their story, who are often called “story architects” or “story engineers”, and there are those who wing it the entire way, known as discovery writers or pantsers.
Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing: Which Is Best for You? There are many choices these days for a Christian author seeking publication. Sometimes those publishing choices can be overwhelming. In 2009, when I began writing as a hobby, self-publishing was looked…