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A 9-Step Checklist For Self-Publishing Your Book

I have a manuscript, now what?

Congratulations! You’ve just finished your masterpiece and you’re thinking of self-publishing, but you don’t know where to start. The following is a checklist of some of things that you will need to do to get your work published. This list is not comprehensive, but merely a guide to give you an idea of the many steps and decisions you will need to take to get your work to market. If you decide to self publish, much of this can be done on your own, but you may also need to hire experts, because none of us are experts at everything!

Here is a 9-step checklist for self-publishing your book:

STEP 1: Write the Book

STEP 2: Have your Work Edited

STEP 3: Design the Cover

STEP 4: Design the Inside Layout


STEP 5: Format Final Product

STEP 6: Determine selling/distribution platforms


STEP 8: Build An Author Platform

STEP 9: Review Legal

  • ISBN
  • Contracts
  • Copyrights
  • International Issues
  • Piracy





APE How to Publish a Book, Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Welch (http://apethebook.com)

Infographics: 5 Key Publishing Paths, Jane Friedman (http://janefriedman.com/2013/05/20/infographic-5-key-book-publishing-paths/ )


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  1. Maybe step 7 should have been “Have everything proofread for errors and ommissions?”

    Kind regards