When & How to Self-Publish

where you should self-publish

When you finish writing your manuscript, it is time to start researching where you should self-publish your book. While there are several places you can go, the following are most popular among self-published authors.

Are you ready to publish? Here are 5 places to self-publish your book!

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP/KDP) Select)

KDP is Amazon’s publishing service for Kindle ebooks, and it also has a print-on-demand service for paperbacks. Almost everyone has an Amazon account, making it a leader in the publishing industry. The amount of online foot traffic increases the probability of visibility, but it also greatly increases your competition.


This company is a publisher and distributor of ebooks to Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Scribd.

Draft2Digital (D2D)

Just like Smashwords, Draft2Digital is an ebook distributor to Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Scribd.


While this one has mixed reviews, you can self-publish high-quality trade books and paperbacks with this publisher. One nice added benefit is that you can also publish a Kindle ebook and make both versions available for sale on Amazon and other online retailers.


Lulu has been around FOREVER. Honestly, it was one of the first companies to offer self-publishing services. This company tends to be very comparable to Blurb

If you are looking to publish a book on your own, each of these companies has contact information and help desks that can assist in walking you through the process. However, once you begin to make contact, you want to make sure that you are prepared.

I’m Ready, But Am I Ready?

It is great that you have finished writing your book, but there are some other key factors to consider:

  • Formatting: Before uploading your manuscript to any site, it must be formatted properly. If this is not correct, you will not be able to publish your book. You may want to consider reaching out to a professional for this. While you can learn how to do this yourself, it may take quite a bit of work before you get it perfect.
  • Book covers: Is it attractive? Would you buy a book that looked like that? Your cover is your elevator pitch. If you do not have a creative thumb, there is nothing wrong with hiring a professional. Be unique and take great pride in what imagery you are going to release to the world.
  • Editor: There is nothing more embarrassing than having spelling errors on the first couple of pages of your manuscript. Make sure that you have many individuals read over your manuscript. I highly recommend hiring an editor and a proofreader who will comb through your manuscript multiple times. However, if this is too costly, you should look into soliciting the help from beta readers or friends and family members you know with great grammar skills.

Thousands of aspiring authors are just like you. They are unknowledgeable about the self-publishing process but are very eager to publish their first book. Aside from what I have mentioned, you also have other things to consider, like ordering author copies and book royalties. While this process is very different from the path you would take toward traditional publishing, it can be extremely rewarding!  

Take the time to research and learn which self-publishing companies will work best for you. Don’t be afraid to find online community forums that cater to your needs. There you will be able to ask an infinite amount of questions regarding the process. Also, subscribe to more blogs, like this one, that will be able to give you detailed insight.

If you are ready to get started but unsure of what steps to take, you can visit to inquire about the dozens of services we offer. My team and I would love to help you publish your book. I wish you the best of luck in self-publishing your book. And my fingers are crossed that you will not only be a published author but also a bestselling author.