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10 Vital Tips To Successfully Publish Your First Book


selfpublishingNote: These tips apply for both printed version and PDF (eBook) version.

Recently I helped one of my friends to successfully publish his first book. He was running after different publishers for months but it always kept him waiting.

He had around 200 pages of a fiction story which anyhow didn’t fit any of the publishers requirement. With a face of dissatisfaction, he requested me for a solution to spread his book. Even I was very new to it. So, I researched on this topic and knew the secret of self-publishing.

Self-publishing is what that worked for him to sell around hundreds of digital books.

Now here below, I’m going share the steps that helped us to successfully reach our destination.

ALSO USEFUL: How To Write An eBook To Sell For Profit

1. Well Written Manuscript

Before spreading it to the audience, you make sure that the script doesn’t suck. So, do a number of proofreading to make it finer. Share the draft with some of your close friends and ask them to find out the errors like spelling, grammar and extra-story fluffing. If you need inspiration you can check out Seth Godin’s free eBooks.

Make your story quite crispy with interesting twists and compel them to stay interested till the end.

2. Find a Platform

As you’re new to self-publishing, you need to find a platform. I recommend Amazon KDP (see other resources) which has a large base of book readers. Basically KDP made publishing much simpler .i.e. upload your document with a good title & keyword and get listed to their marketplace.

3. Best Book Cover

You need to have a great cover design to attract readers. Hire a designer or you yourself work on Photoshop. You can also try some professional tools to design your eBook. I generally prefer the books cover with a black background with an awesome illustration in it. This makes the book more appealing.

4. Awareness & Building Audience

It’s very much essential to build audience. You can create a Facebook official page of your book where you can interact with your audience & let them aware of your upcoming book.

5. Tease Them

Tease your audience with few illustrations related to your book story & make them interested in it. Tease them a lot, so that they wait for the book release date.

6. Peaks

Do share small parts of your story to create curiosity among them for knowing further extension of it.

Eg, Extract two interesting lines or dialog from your story which depicts an interesting part of it but don’t give them the clue to predict the whole.

7. Giveaway before the Release

Your only motive is to reach your first book to as many people as you can. So, why not to do some kind of trick .i.e. conduct a contest for your audience where 10 limited people will receive free copy of your book but in exchange request them for an unbiased review.

8. Limited period Free

Two days after the release, let your book go free on download for a limited period of 24-hours so that your audience rush to download it faster. This will help you to get a good number of readers, who’ll not only read your book but will judge its quality. Who knows, they may like it & may even make it popular in no time.

9. The Price

As the limited time ends, raise the price of your book. This will make your reader understand that your book is much worth reading and the reason it gone high price.

10. More Amazon Reviews

Try to gain more reviews on your Amazon page to gain more credibility to it. You can even spend few bucks on the book review to make it work for the long run.

These above are some of the important things about Self-Publishing. If you’ve an extra point to add, then put it in the below comment.


Arijit Das, an experience based blogger, who writes about random things that effect his life. He wrote many consumer friendly posts about well-known brands. He also released his own music video- Meow N' Jerry.

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    • Avi Jit

      The idea of giving a great book cover is great. Our works should always be attractive and eye catchy.

    • Praveen

      I always wanted to write an ebook and publish it. But I didn’t know what’s stopping me. Your article will help me a lot.
      Well written. Thanks 🙂

    • Rahul

      Nice tips, these are very important and major things which you mention in this article i also recommend consider them.

    • Dennis Rodriguez

      Another great method is to publish e books in amazon kindle platform. They have hungry readers waiting to download and you get paid instantly when someone purchases it.

    • Amit Shaw

      I think We should make awesome book cover for attraction. Its always matters for everything.

    • Darshan | Goa resorts

      These are the best tips to promote your book. No doubt in that all tips are on the target but i impressed with these :

      1.  Best Book cover 

      2. Limited Period Free

      • arijitblog

        Thanks for your comment. 🙂 No doubt, these two points are very important for book promotion. But the content of the book need to be best for viral reach.
        “Limited Free Period” works really great… few month ago, a book got popular due to this technique.
        Limited Period Free

    • Jasmine

      Good tips on publishing a book. I am still new in this area, but you have provided some good guidelines to help us start.

    • Avi Jit

      yah Arijit. Social promotion is always important to make everyone aware about our products.

    • Avi Jit

      Great points shared here. I think after completing the PDF it should be showed in the sidebar by giving a line like: Grab your copy. This promotes the book directly. Interested ones will automatically make their way to buy the book if it has an affordable cost. Anyways, thanks for the cool tips…

      • arijitblog

        Thanks for your comment Avi. 🙂 ya, putting a link from your sidebar is good but to make it reach to the readers, it’s better to promote over the social networks like facebook.
        Engaging with your readers on your facebook page works great to get a copy sold.

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