If you are looking to self-publish your travel guide, then you probably are one of those people who is already receiving a stream on income from other sources of writing and are looking to making a plan for the future. If you don’t have any experience in travel book guides or even in the travel journalism industry, the first step would be to first understand and work in the industry by getting to write for other editors and magazines first before you venture out into writing by yourself. There is more money in the works when you publish a book and better paying option when you self-publish. However, the amount of work you put in is going to be huge. Good news is that there are several platforms available to self-publish your books and there is little need to look at going to a publisher for it.
The Cons of Self-Publishing
While the pros of self-publishing are easy to understand, the cons are quite tricky when putting into perspective. However, even after you know the cons, if you decide that this is the route for you, then you should go ahead and take on the task.
- It is very competitive, and you will be one of the several fish in the sea
- You will need a plan and professionally handle the whole publishings agenda
- You should be capable of making an editorial decision when you know you are not on point
- Quality dwindles with self-published books
- You need to hire designers, editors and PR departments to handle your publishing
Starting the Self-Publishing Journey
While beginning to write the first step of the publishing story, make sure that you have an action plan of how you want to proceed. Coming up with your idea at the start before you begin writing is a good point. This way you will set goals for yourself to make the right decision on how you should to proceeding instead of how you wish things went. Stick to your agenda. Get an editor to proofread and look at every angle of the book if necessary. Hire a few editors to give you their opinions from several perspectives. Get a cover designer who has experience in creating travel guide covers for the guide and the design of your entire publication.
Platforms to Publish Your Work
In today’s digital technology there are several self-publishing platforms available to publish your books online. Some of the most popular platforms are:
- KDP, and
Use these platforms to help you get started. Their help guides are also convenient to help you get started. Their customer service will be able to help you if you have any trouble with your setup. Set up social media pages and engage magazines and local newspapers to feature your upcoming travel guide.
Even if you do everything right, chances of your guide becoming the next best seller are slim. However, don’t ever give up on your journey to get to the top. Always remember the heroic stories of authors and publishers who kept at their work for several decades and it was only a matter of time before the got picked up and became famous. The world is waiting for your words, now it’s up to you to give it to them the way they want it.