5 Lessons I Learned from Self-Publishing My First Book

5 Lessons I Learned from Self-Publishing My First Book

I recently published Money Proverbs: What Ancient Wisdom Can Teach You About Managing Your Money. Being a newly self-published author, I didn’t know what I was doing during the process. Here are some lessons I learned.


1. Get an editor


I had so many typos. It was eye-opening. It is next to impossible to catch mistakes if you are looking at the same work day after day. Self-checking is very hard. To be honest, I self-check for my blog posts. But blog posts are more forgiving and you can update typos after the fact. Once something is in print, that’s it.


2. Let the work rest


Sometimes you have to step away from a work to get a fresh perspective. Adam Grant in his book Originals said that procrastination is horrible for productivity but excellent for creativity. The more you take it slow, the more opportunity for creative thoughts to flow during the development process. I wrote the first edition of Money Proverbs in a month, right before my second daughter was born (I do not recommend) and felt like it was a rushed job. I stepped it up this current addition.


3. Get a professional to design the cover


I actually got this one right. I have a designer friend who designed the cover. It is a game changer. It helps to know your audience and your niche. Covers for personal finance will look different than covers for cookbooks. It will surprise you how bad amateur covers look.


4. Format the interior correctly


The first edition of Money Proverbs looked very amateur in terms of formatting. Paragraphs were off center. There was no consistency in alignment. Page numbers in the table of contents were wrong. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference until I paid to get it correctly formatted (via Fiverr.com).  Now, I will never look at a book (or ebook) the same. Also note that ebook interiors are different than print book interiors.


5. Done is better than perfect


Sometimes one can take too long for completing a book. For the human, perfection is unreachable. An author has to be comfortable with an ounce of the possibility of imperfection. At some point, just hit “Publish” and be done with it.


I tell everyone I meet that I have about 5 books in me. And I honestly believe that. I still have a lot to learn, but I thoroughly enjoyed writing this book.


Check the book out on Amazon (ebook is 99c for the next week) and let me know what you think!



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