Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Self Publishing Checklist

As the release date comes closer for Magic High (sometime in May if all goes well) I figure it's time to do up a basic checklist. Since I've never done this before, I'm sure I've missed a few steps, but that's alright. This is a learning experience for me, and hopefully others can learn from my mistakes as well.

  • Write book
  • Edit book
  • Find at least two people to read and edit book
  • Design cover
  • Design interior
  • Build website
  • Start blog
  • Make Facebook fan page
  • Create book trailer
  • Get ISBN for both print and electronic versions
  • Figure out copyright legalities
  • Figure out taxes for items sold in US as a Canadian
  • Have proof copy printed
  • Make e-version available
  • Print paper version
  • Sell book
  • Rejoice
  • Repeat

Note that the writing section of this process is a tiny portion of what needs to be done. No wonder most writers prefer the traditional route of finding an agent and publisher.


  1. One idea that should be added, rewrite, edit, rewrite, edit, rewrite....