Be a nicer person. Paint a self-portrait. Shake the dust from that copy of “Sweatin’ to the Oldies, Vol. 3.” We probably can’t help with any of those, but for New Year's resolutions for writers and independent publishers who want to print a book (or several) this year, we have a few good suggestions.
Aside from 2017 being the year of the Fire Rooster (good news for Sriracha fans), it’s also going to be a great year for book printing. Over the past few years book sales have been steadily rising and things don’t appear to be slowing down. The following New Year's resolutions for writers offer a few insights and tips on what it takes to actually publish a book, so you can capitalize on this booming market.
1. Commit to Your Writing
Distractions create huge barriers to finishing a book. While we can’t eliminate everything that takes away from precious writing hours, adding structure and dedicating yourself to the writing process can take you far.
- Revisit an old story you always wanted to write
- Develop a writing schedule and stick to it
- Set aside time dedicated to editing, proofing, and polishing
Basically, get the book completed, all the way. This means putting in the time to make sure you’ve created something worth reading.
You already have a pretty good self-publishing and book printing friend in us—we definitely want to help you print a book—but it always helps to have more. From self-published authors to small to mid-sized independent publishers, everyone needs to network.
- Use social media and start building an author platform
- Get involved where the fans are—blogs, forums, etc.
- Find out who is making waves in your writing circles/subject matter and engage
A well-constructed network creates a strong foundation for achieving success at every stage of the self-publishing and book printing process, from writing to marketing to sales—so get out there and make some friends.
3. Set Goals and Expectations
A lot of people self-publish for different reasons. What’s yours?
- Do you want to publish one copy for yourself just to say you did it?
- Are you trying to catch the eye of a big-time publisher?
- Maybe you want to start a self-publishing company and sell your book and others?
These are all valid reasons to publish, but it's important to outline your expectations before you dive in head-first. Your end goal will determine the amount of work you need to put in. So if you're not ready for the work, don't set unrealistic self-publishing aspirations for yourself.
4. Educate Yourself
Based on your goals you can analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Doing this will help you find the clearest and most effective path to printing your book and achieving self-publishing greatness.
Check out our wide range of resources to help put you on the right path, including special downloadable guides, publishing calculators, our monthly e-newsletter, and more.
5. Do It!
Find a platform that offers what you need to achieve your goal (Hint: You shouldn’t have to look too far) and go for it. Whatever you choose should offer the following:
- Formats to match your book printing needs
- High-quality book printing options, from color to black & white
- Distribution to your entire audience, anywhere in the world
- Additional support to ensure all of the above occur simply and without incident
This may seem like a lot to keep up with. And we agree, self-publishing a book is no small task. But this is your year. With clear focus, foresight, and a little bit of help from your self-publishing friends, you can knock-out your most important New Year’s resolution . . . Now where did we hide those leftover holiday cookies?