When it comes to self-publishing, you have the option of contracting a publishing company to handle the production and publication of your book, or you can take charge and become your own publisher. If you choose to indie-publish and embark on this exciting journey, it’s crucial to follow a well-defined process. To ensure you don’t miss any crucial steps, we’ve put together a comprehensive Self-Publishing Checklist that will guide you through the entire process.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find in the checklist:

  1. Reach out to industry professionals: Whether it’s a consultant, book publishing coach, or mentor, seeking guidance from experienced professionals can make a world of difference. They can provide valuable insights, help you navigate the publishing process, and ensure that you implement each step correctly.
  2. Set a budget and gather pricing information: As you venture into self-publishing, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the costs involved. Reach out to professionals in the publishing industry to get an idea of pricing for their services. Keep in mind that pricing can vary based on factors such as the complexity of your manuscript, word count, visuals, and printing costs.
  3. Explore CIPA’s Services Directory: To find trusted publishing professionals who can assist you throughout your self-publishing journey, make sure to check out CIPA’s Services Directory. This directory offers a curated list of professionals who specialize in various aspects of the publishing process, including editing, design, marketing, and more.

By following the steps outlined in our Self-Publishing Checklist below, and utilizing the resources available, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and support necessary to navigate the indie-publishing landscape successfully.