If you are an aspiring author who wants to self-publish a book, you are in the right place. But what does it take to self-publish a book? A lot! That is if you want to make money. Self-publishing is easy enough. Write a manuscript, make a book cover on Bookemon, upload the manuscript, convert it to EPUB or MOBI format, write a book description, and hit "Publish." If you self-published on Amazon, your title would be live within 24-72 hours.
For now, let's consider the three most important things for a successful book:
If you are selling your book online, either in ebook format, paperback, or hard copy, you will need keywords for your book. Keywords are how other people find your book. Since you are not a famous author with an established fan base, there is no way for readers to find your book. Many tools can help you find profitable keywords, such as KDP Rocket. But should I put a keyword in my title?
No. Your title is the first thing (after the book cover) that your viewers will see. Your title should be original, thought-provoking, and witty. After your title, your viewers will read your book's subtitle. Here is where you want to put your keywords.
If you were selling a book about North Korea, the title might be something like "World War 3." The subtitle would have a popular keyword like "Kim Jong Un." So the subtitle could be something like, "Kim Jong Un Must Be Defeated!" This is a poor example, but hopefully, you get the point. Here's how this subtitle and title would look if they were used on a book:
TITLE: World War 3
SUBTITLE: Kim Jong Un Must Be Defeated!
Notice that the title makes you want to keep reading. The subtitle tells a little more about the book but also contains a popular, profitable, and not an overly-competitive keyword, "Kim Jong Un." When people type "Kim Jong Un," into Amazon's or another bookstore's search engine, your book will show up.
3) Book Cover
Your book cover is the first thing your viewers will notice. It should jump out, grab the viewer's attention, and pull them into your book! It should complement the title and the subtitle. Sticking with the "World War 3: Kim Jong Un Must Be Stopped" example, a good book cover might be a picture of Kim Jong Un scowling and a nuclear bomb exploding behind him. Just make sure that the title, subtitle, and book cover convey whether the book is fiction or non-fiction, so your viewers don't have to guess.
Take Advantage of Online Resources
A carpenter is only as good as his tools. So too is the case for the self-published author. By all means, utilize free tools like keyword finders, book description generators, and Bookemon. Bookemon makes it easy for self-published authors to make their masterpieces look legit and professional. Bookemon is easy to use and can be used on any device.Self Publish