First, let me say my mistakes were expensive.
Now that I’ve got that off my chest I’ll try to share something constructive.
I rushed the process.
Those who know me, stop snickering. I’ll admit patience is a problem for me sometimes. But after working on the same project over and over and over and over until I was sick of it and ready to put that baby to bed. I ended up submitting it three times due to errors found in the proof copy.
I didn’t understand the IngramSpark process before I started.
That turned out to be a very costly mistake. They use different templates than Createspace and well, everything is different. I’d read it was the easiest and cheapest self-publishing platform to use and it was.
So if you are looking for a step by step way to get a book self-published with little cost Createspace is the way to go.
I didn’t submit Tryouts for Ben to reviewers before publication.
This is something I didn’t realize. I know ignorance is no excuse, but it’s all I’ve got. Apparently many, not all but many reviewers want an advance copy of the book before it is released to the public. Go figure. In the link below Kristen Lamb explains how very important reviews are for writers, click and read. Review are our life blood.
When doing a book with illustrations or pictures use a heavier paper.
I’d read the suggestion somewhere by someone, don’t remember who or where but unfortunately didn’t. A mistake. The finished product, especially with the IngramSparks book would’ve looked much more polished.
I didn’t ask questions.
When in doubt, ask. That’s what the help line is for. The people at IngramSparks were very helpful. I should’ve called them sooner. Would’ve saved me $$$ and a lot of frustration.
Self-publishing a book without knowing anything about marketing.
And I still don’t have the vaguest idea how or where to start.
Did I learn anything? Yes.
- I will probably make several mistakes but I do hope not the same ones.
- Createspace is quicker, cheaper and easier than IngramSpark. However, I will continue to publish on both.
- Ask questions!
How about y’all? Which platform do you use to self-publish? What has been your experience? I’d love to know.
Have a safe and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!