How I Self-Published My Book

In July 2021, I finally finished my novel! At 60,000 words, it’s a little small, but I don’t care. I had completed the story I wanted to tell! All that was left was to get it published. Literary agents were a gamble, taking two-to-four months to send a response, and I wanted people to begin reading my work. I researched self-publishing and found two great websites:

  1. Ingram Spark: https://www.ingramspark.com/
  2. Draft2Digital: https://www.draft2digital.com/

IngramSpark is great for print and/or e-books. Draft2Digital is great for e-books only (at the time of this post), but they publish through numerous merchants, such as Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Scribd, and many more. I chose to use IngramSpark for paperback publishing and Draft2Digital for e-book publishing.

Draft2Digital began publishing within hours, presumably because it’s digital and requires no physical product. IngramSpark took a little longer to publish through. Within a week, I was seeing sales from family and friends, as well as their family and friends, and many others.

Some tips to help you along:

  1. You’ll need your chapters all in one document for uploading. I had written each chapter separately, so this took a little time to compile. Make sure each chapter starts on a new page.
  2. Have your cover image ready to go. This can be a drawing (your own or someone else’s), words only, or a photograph. Remember that you will want to give others proper credit for their contribution. I used Unsplash.com for a royalty free image.
  3. Begin your social media campaign, if you haven’t already. Set up a blog, join Twitter, and/or create an Instagram account. Pinterest is even a great place to share images or quotes related to your book. Simply use these as ways to engage with new and existing readers.

I hope this information helps you as you write and complete your story! Feel free to email me with more questions at info@shannacrobillard.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Published by Shanna Robillard

Wife to a northern man, mother to a four-legged beastie, and a lover of crystals and gems, vampires, fantasy, and creating stories! Shanna Robillard is the author of Beyond the Shadows, SpellCast from Darkness, and Against the Coming Dark (the Beyond the Shadows trilogy), as well as A Tale by Moonlight and The Seven Lives of May Levesque.

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