Self-Publishing Basics

If you work with a supportive company who understands your goals and the best way to reach them, your self-publishing experience can be a satisfying one.

Self-publishing your book involves a lot of decisions. You probably have a digital manuscript and an idea about the way you want your book to look. Now what?

Knowing what questions to ask your book publishing provider is the first step; getting good answers is the next. GCG Publishing believes that the more transparent the process, the easier it is to navigate.

The free books we offer will answer many of your questions; so will the rest of the items on our drop-down menus, or Call us at 1-800-378-0378. We’re here to help.

Where do I start?

Start by deciding who will want to read your book. This is your target market. Your target market might be family and friends, members of your profession or interest group or the general public. If you focus on what other books are available to your target market, you can get a good idea of what decisions you should be making to attract your reader.

Do some research.

Look carefully at books with topics similar to yours. What size are they? What type of binding did the authors choose? Where are they sold? How much do they cost? Decide if you want to look similar to or different from your competitors. Decide how much you think your book will be worth to prospective buyers based on what they may already be paying for other similar books.

Collect your information.

The cost to produce your book will include:

Editing and proofing Cover design Book interior design and layout ISBN and barcode (if you are considering retail sales) Printing Binding Shipping Storage

The cost to sell your book will include:

Fees charged for Distribution /Fulfillment/ Shipping Fees charged by bookstores to sell your book in-store or online Marketing materials Cost to place ads in appropriate publications or venues Website fees if you choose to support your book with a blog or sell from your own site.

Get some help.

GCG’s Publishing Consultants and Project Managers can walk you through the process and the prices. We’ll help you make decisions that will result in a book you can be proud of that will please the target market you have chosen. 800-378-0378