How to Become an Author Through Self-Publishing

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Not that long ago, becoming an author meant diving into hours of industry research, networking up a storm, querying countless agents to try to grab their attention, coping with myriad rejections, navigating headache-inducing contracts and negotiations, sacrificing creative control of your work — and that was all after you’d written a book. Today, thanks to print-on-demand technologies and new distribution options, the path toward authorship is simpler and more accessible.

Self-publishing can be an exciting — and sometimes intimidating — step toward becoming an author, especially if you’ve never done it before. That’s the reason BookFuel has made its mission to partner with authors through every single step of the self-publishing journey.


The Difference Between Author and Writer


While many people use the words “author” and “writer” interchangeably, there are subtle but important differences. Ask ten different experts about the exact difference between the two and you may get ten slightly different answers, but here’s one I particularly like, courtesy of the good folks at MasterClass.

An author is someone whose written work has been published. In addition to producing published work, people who write are considered authors when they originate the ideas and content of their written work. For this reason, most authors are writers, but not all writers are considered to be authors.

If you’ve written dozens of science fiction novels, children’s books, and various literary pieces — but none of them have ever been published — you are technically a writer. However, if your next book is distributed by the publishing industry, that act of publishing makes you an author. In the era of self-publishing, it’s easier than ever to be considered an author without ever having to interact with traditional publishing companies.

To summarize, an author a) writes, b) creates their own ideas and concepts, and c) publishes. And yes, self-publishing is a legitimate and viable way to achieve that distinction — after all, BookFuel is where writers become published authors!


Self-Publishing Process and Benefits

Traditional publishers require a literary agent to vouch for your written work. With a traditional publishing house, you sign over a certain amount of control and ownership of your work to a publishing company that partners you with an editor, finalizes your book’s text and design, formulates and executes a marketing and sales plan, and gets your book distributed to retailers who sell books.

For future works, a traditional publisher may make demands regarding your writing style and content. While a publishing contract is a dream for many writers, as an aspiring author, you should explore the differences between self-publishing vs. traditional publishing to decide which route will benefit your writing career the most. If you’re ready to get things done quickly and be the CEO of your own authorly success, self-publishing may be the way to go.

Self-publishing with BookFuel gives you a comprehensive way to take your book from zero to a hundred at your pace and in your own style. BookFuel can help you with:

  • Editing your manuscript with line editing, copy editing, and proofreading services.
  • Book cover design and interior formatting that will intrigue and engage readers.
  • Printing as many or as few high-quality books as you need, at rates you can afford.
  • Distributing your book around the world.
  • Launching a digital ad campaign to drive awareness and book sales.

Build Your Author Brand

For better or worse, becoming a successful author is about more than just the quality of your prose and the vividness of your storytelling. It’s also about who you are and how you present yourself to the world. Here are a few of the most important ways to build your author brand, engage with readers, and expand your fan base.

Get Your Social Media Game in Gear: Social media platforms offer you strong ways of fostering your author brand and possibly arrive at a great many individuals. Do an exploration to sort out which stages your interest group is probably going to utilize, set up profiles, and begin sharing substance connected with your book and creation consistently.

Keep Your Website Current and Classy: When people want to learn more about you as an author, it’s imperative that you point them towards your custom author website. Make sure your website contains all the vital information — your bio, info on your book and where to buy it, details about book signings and events, and contact info for you or any professional representation you’re working with. Make your website design clean, simple, elegant, and easy to navigate — you want potential readers to be able to learn about you and your work with one click of a mouse.

Get the Best Visuals You Can — For You and Your Book: Make it your mission to make sure the cover of your book is eye-catching. Having a professional headshot taken for your author’s photo might also be beneficial. Excellent graphics may make a big difference in how the reader is drawn in and how your image is presented.

For more insights and resources on self-publishing, visit BookFuel’s YouTube channel and website.

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