As soon as a writer publishes their first book they are instantly transformed into that mystical realm of becoming a published author. Other people look on from the sidelines in awe (and sometimes envy!). They may often wonder how such a seemingly insurmountable goal was achieved.

However, now that he has published his first book – Why am I in Pain?: Your journey from pain to relief – my author client Nick Schuster would no doubt agree that it’s a relatively easy process once you know how.

Simplifying the self-publishing process 

As with any major undertaking, breaking the self-publishing process down into manageable steps makes the procedure far less daunting for first-time authors.

With this concept firmly in mind, I’ve developed a 5-step book publication system which I’ve called the Let’s Get Published Framework. The aim of this framework is to help writers who are wondering what they have to do to convert their Word document into a printed book. It offers an easy-to-understand system to guide them through the complex minefield of book publishing.

So what is the Let’s Get Published Framework?

Below is a brief outline of the five key stages invloved in slef-publishing your book manuscript.

STEP 1 – the ‘Correct’ or Editing Phase

To make sure your book is the best it can be, your manuscript should be reviewed by a professional editor. They will check that your writing is 100% free from errors, your narrative flows smoothly, and your tone and style are appropriate for your audience.

STEP 2 – the ‘Create’ or Interior Page Formatting/Typesetting Phase

Most people are familiar with the concept of designing a book cover. However, the inside pages of your book also need to be properly structured and laid out.

STEP 3 – the ‘Classify’ or Book Administrative Phase

This step involves dealing with the admin side of book production including obtaining an ISBN for your book and applying for its prepublication data record from the National Library of Australia.

STEP 4 – the ‘Cover’ or Book Cover Design Phase

Contrary to the well-known saying, most people do judge a book by its cover. An effective book cover should reach out and grab your readers’ attention. To do this, your book cover design needs to be creative, eye-catching and, most importantly, give your audience a glimpse of what’s inside.

STEP 5 – the ‘Check’ or Proofreading Phase

Proofreading is the final polishing stage involved in publishing your book. It involves carefully checking for any remaining grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors, as well as any formatting issues or typographical mistakes.

By following these five steps when you embark on your self publishing journey, you can be reassured that your final book will ‘look and feel’ identical to any title produced by a traditional publisher.