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If you’ve been a follower for awhile you know that I am also a VA to authors and I’ve self-published a few short stories in anthologies. I also have two book releases before August and another shortly after. I’m hoping for four by the end of the year. Some of you may know me as the co-host Indie Bookfest in Orlando, an indie/ hybrid book conference that is in our 6th year! I know books and I know you can make money.
One of the authors I VA for is making upwards of $30k a month while others I work with are making more meager amounts like $5k – $10K a month.
Self-publishing is a viable work at home career.
You do have to work hard and publish multiple books to make a lot of money but it is worth it. Why self-publish instead of trying for a traditional contract? The rights are YOURS, you don’t have to wait years before your book is published, and you make more money. I have friends that are hybrid (being they both self and trad publish) and say they make A LOT more publishing their own books.
The days of the big NY publishing houses deciding what people read and enjoy are over. Now readers can decide for themselves that hey, maybe they want to read vampires even though traditional publishers aren’t publishing those books anymore.
Do you already have a story or series in mind that you’d like to publish?
Get it written. Remember that first drafts are just that, a beginning. No one has a perfect first draft! Once you are comfortable have something read through it for you. Once you’ve made adjustments it is time to hire people to help you out.
You MUST hire professionals. I once worked with an author on a book tour that had his wife edit, she was an English teacher so he assumed she’d make a great editor. She wasn’t a professional editor so she missed all sorts of things and no one did a final proofread. He ended up having to go back and hire a team. He lost a lot of time on his book by being cheap and nonprofessional in the beginning.
You need a cover designer, multiple editors – developmental and line, book formatter, and a proofreader. These things are VERY important for success. If your blurb and cover aren’t inline with your genre or appealing you won’t get sales.
CaryPress is a one-stop shop. They are a self-publishing boutique agency that helps writers develop and publish high-quality books by offering exceptional design, printing, publishing, distribution, and book marketing services. You self-publish on your own terms with CaryPress’s knowledge and experience supporting you every step of the way.
The BEST PART – Authors that self-publish with CaryPress retain 100% of their rights and royalties! That is HUGE!
CaryPress offers a variety of writing and marketing services to assist authors throughout the self-publishing journey. They can even assist with photography, as they recently did with a series of food styling photo shoots for a cookbook author that self-published with CaryPress.
There are multiple self publishing packages with something for every budget.