Julia Fellner

Storyteller, Authorpreneur & Consultant

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Based on my own experience Self-publishing Handbookof self-publishing my second novel To be a Hero, I have compiled
a Handbook to guide you through the publishing process. Originally a blog series, the Handbook starts, by helping you decide whether self-publishing is for you.

In order to produce a quality book, topics from editing, over cover design to typesetting are explained. Next, legal considerations and different distribution channels, as well as financial concerns are addressed. Finally, the biggest section focuses on marketing – the bread and butter of any author, offering advice on how to build up to the release and continue creating impactful marketing afterwards



Make writing your business: Become an authorpreneur

If you want to have a sustainable career as a writer, you also need to be an authorpreneur. You have to know the industry and run your own business like any other entrepreneur. Especially for people who are new to the industry and people who have never run a business before, this can be a daunting experience. But don’t worry, I’m here to help!

Self-editing the checklist

Self-publishing Handbook

Here’s a summary of what to watch out for when you edit your manuscript yourself. Next will be more information on how to find a professional editor.
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Self-editing Step III: proofread

Self-publishing HandbookIn this stage you sure the grammar, punctuation and syntax is correct. Since you are not an official copyeditor (and even if you are, you should have another professional editor look over your manuscript), this is probably more like what you would call proofreading.
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Self-editing Step II

Self-publishing HandbookIn this second step of self-editing you look at a smaller scale, directly at the language level. The questions below are only a beginning. Depending on your story, there might also be other issues you should pay special attention to.
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Self-editing Step I

Self-publishing HandbookIn the first step of self-editing you focus on story and characters, mostly ignoring the language because you need to keep in mind you might have to rewrite certain passages anyway.
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The different stages of editing

Self-publishing HandbookThis article breaks down the separate steps in the editing process. They may differ slightly between writers, since different writers have different ways of editing their work. Therefore, I focused rather on what has to be edited than how in the outline below.
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Introducing the Editorial Department

Self-publishing HandbookIn a traditional publishing company you would probably have two editors working with you. The first would give you feedback on what they expect you to change. In the second step they’d look at the manuscript on a closer level, taking care of issues like unclear sentences and getting rid of redundancies. Once the absolute perfect draft in this aspect is finished, it goes to the second editor: a copyeditor who edits on a micro level, correcting grammar, punctuation and syntax.
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Creating your own “publishing house”: the different departments

Self-publishing HandbookWhen you publish your own book, you obviously have to take care of all the tasks and jobs, which the publishing house would do if you went down a traditional publishing path. Therefore, it is advisable to divide your to-do list into departments, since it helps you keep track of what you have to do and when.
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10 questions to ask before you self-publish your book

Self-publishing HandbookBad news first: Self-publishing a book is a very time and money consuming project. However, the good news is that it is a wonderful experience, which allows you to learn about the publishing world and how to run a business. It also allows you to grow as a person. But one should be sure to choose the right time to endeavour on such an exciting project to ensure success.
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