There are basically 3-parts to publishing a book as an independent publisher. These are :
- Preparing the book to make it acceptable to publish
- The actual publishing process itself
- The marketing of the book you’ve published
Each of these three elements are as important as the other, to make sure you’re doing things right. As someone still learning this, I’d thought that I’d offer a little of what I’ve learned so far in three charts with explanations as necessary.
First, writing the first draft of your story is about 5% of the work. I won’t even get into the conceptual phase, because everyone is very different. Just having a good idea, then plotting and writing the story is the smallest part of the effort. Again, as everyone’s creative process is different., I won’t go into how one layers the story; it’s implicit in the revision process.