5 FREE copies of your book when you order 100 or more 5.5 x 8.5 perfect bound books. Mention the code WEB FOR NOVEL to your Publishing Consultant when you place your order.

The most compelling form of the written word is the story,


and of the spoken word for that matter. Would you rather listen to a lecture or a story? People are interested in the what, when, where, why, and how of other people’s lives. Stories are how we learn and how we convey what we have learned, about everything life, love, ourselves, other people, the world.

Bowker’s marketing research for book sales in 2012 indicates that romance and literary novels were the most popular categories for self-published books, which makes the novel both the most probable genre for success and the most difficult market to succeed in. Like art, music, sports, and the theater there are varying levels of success local, regional and national. Pick your target and market accordingly.

The success stories of self-published authors are full of novelists who believed in their own work enough to publish and promote it; some of them well-known authors whose publishers didn’t think the book would sell, until after the author proved them wrong.


-5.5 x 8.5 is the most economical format for a self-published novel. Set your page size to 5.5 x 8.5 BEFORE you begin typing your manuscript! Give yourself a .75 inch margin on all four sides. When you are finished you will have a fairly accurate page count to figure out what it will cost to print your book.

-Invest in an editor. Interview several and pick the one you are most comfortable with. The two of you will disagree sooner or later so pick someone you can agree to disagree with.

-Proof your book. Proof it again. Proof it one more time. Then get a professional to do it once more before you layout the design of the book.

-Make sure your cover is consistent with your topic and compelling. Cover design is the number one reason people select a book to buy, according to Bowker’s research.

-Be prepared to market your book heavily.