First Month of Publishing


What happens in the first month of publishing?

Continued writing of the manuscript

Reading of the manuscript in preparation for submission to editor

Research to locate an editor

Research to locate an artist

What about:     Budget?

What about:     Planning

What about:     Social Media Platforms?

It will help having a plan for publishing!

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Did you THINK about?

Something that should be done BEFORE publishing the manuscript

If you know who your ‘target’ audience is before publishing the manuscript, it makes marketing slightly easier.


What age group?

Are the potential readers interested your genre?

What other genres might they be interested in?

What is the locale of likely readers?

What genre is close to the genre of your manuscript?


Above are some considerations when determining the audience. Again do this exercise before publishing the manuscript. It saves time when developing the marketing plan as well reduce publishing investment debt.

Publishing Assessment


When was the last time you, a self published author re-evaluated your publishing results? Looked at your sales figures; determined what your distribution channels were; looked at your marketing results; determined which social media platforms were the best for your product?

Many authors tend to leave this up to LuLu or Amazon, SmashWords etc to manage. Many may feel publishing consultation is not a VALUE. Yet the investment costs continue to rise hoping for sales to eventually increase or improve. The landscape has changed. You as the author must manage this. Most don’t have time being they have other full time responsibilities. 

Publishing evaluation is very valuable and should be done at least a minimum of every quarter depending upon how much marketing and promotion is being done. With so much to do these days, planning is the only way to make it work. If a writer is unwilling to take the time to plan, the possibility of success(selling) diminishes rapidly.

Take a moment to evaluate what has been done; the results; what must be done next; and if it is viable. Before committing to a particular plan, testing is a least expensive way to find out if the plan works.  Again, without a plan, a map, success won’t happen!!

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