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In many ways, marketing may be the most mysterious concept the self-published author faces. Even after you pierce the veil of what constitutes marketing, you have to learn other concepts like “branding,” “reach,” and “impressions.” Assuming you get your mind around a few individual concepts under the big tent of marketing, how do you turn that into a plan that you can implement across your own website, various social media outlets, and advertising opportunities? And what’s all this going to cost?
Cliché or not, we all know the two inevitable things in this world: death and taxes. Funny enough, both of them take you by inches, nibbles, and bits at a time. Well, beating death is somebody else’s job. I’m here to give you some very general financial planning advice for the self-published author.
Editing is the final step that transforms a manuscript into a novel. Or it’s the first step in turning a novel into a published work. Better yet, it’s both. That should tell you how important editing is. But how much should it cost you? Would it shock you to realize that the answer depends on what you mean by editing?
Brand new self-published authors are going into business for themselves, and that business is selling books. Mediocre covers cost you money in sales, that’s a fact. While it’s hard to overestimate the importance of a cover, it’s also hard to overestimate the value of each dollar when you’re starting a new business. So what’s a good cover worth to a newly minted self-published author?
Anytime I see a post titled “the costs of self-publishing,” I immediately get suspicious. So often, these posts are punditry making spurious claims and connecting disparate dots of information to “prove” that self-publishing is still somehow a terrible money-making idea and traditional publishing is the only way to make a living as a fiction writer. This series will most definitely not be that.