Guest Post: Vincent Paul on Self-Publishing

Please welcome Vince! He’s a newly published author and he did it all on his own. After reading his book Miracles in Times Square, I wanted to know HOW he managed to write this inspiring story and stick to his goal of seeing it published. Here’s some advice from author Vincent Paul. Please feel free to email questions or leave a comment.


ImageIf you’re serious about writing a book, you might want to consider self-publishing … seriously. Self-publishing can be an affordable, efficient and timely way to get your book into the market. It isn’t easy though, and I won’t make it seem as lucrative as the companies who print your book want you to believe, you’re going to have to do your own marketing if you want to sell your books, and that’s not easy at all. It will take up a lot of your time, and you will have to make many sacrifices if you want to cut costs, but anybody can self-publish and it can feel pretty good when you finally see your book in print.

When I was in the final stages of writing my book, I considered all of the options of publishing, and the obvious answer was that I needed to write a “query letter” and send it out to as many publishers that I can. That’s what all the “old” writing books tell you to do. But, then I started researching and found out that many publishers don’t even read your letters. They joke that they have “slush piles” in their offices for all of the submissions they receive.

Then I looked into self-publishing, and found out that books can be printed on-demand, so you don’t need to have big print runs that can cost a lot of money, for books you might not ever sell. In addition, you can have an ebook so that your work can be available instantly to readers, and there are companies online they can take your manuscript, and format it into a physical book in a matter of months. The costs can be kept down if you edit your manuscript yourself, and have a basic cover (for me the entire book cost around $800.) Doing everything by yourself can be tricky though, I personally had to go through about five revisions before the book was complete, but if you have a few people who you can count on, you should be able to get it done.

Covers are a big stepping stone in self-publishing. Bold, splashy covers look really nice and I wanted to have one too, but it can cost a lot of money if you hire an artist to design it for you. However, most self-publishers will allow you to upload an image. That is an alternative I wished I would have taken advantage of. When you’re finished writing your book, decide what photo or artwork should go with the cover and go to that location and take the picture, or have yourself or someone you know draw a picture to go with the title to make your cover stand out.

After all of your hard work is done, the bills are paid, and you see your book in print, it can be a very rewarding experience, and it’s a good feeling to know that you’re an author, and there will always be a book with your name on it, sitting on a shelf somewhere, or better yet … being read.

All this being said, I think self-publishing is a good way to go when you are starting out writing, maybe for your first book in order to to gain exposure. After your book is complete, contact the media, enter book contests and use the social media, and let people know who you are. Then, with hope and a lot of hard work, you can attract publishers for your next novel … and maybe launch a career.

My book “Miracles in Times Square,” by Vincent Paul, is about a man who wins the lottery and tries to change the world, and is available now on Amazon, and the Kindle version is part of the Lending Library.

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