erick mertz self-publishing consultant portland oregonSelf-publishing has become a major force in the book world. Anyone who can write a book can also publish it without enduring the arduous traditional route of seeking out an agent, editor and publisher.

What the promise of self-publishing ease is missing, however, is a how-to manual. Anyone can write and publish their own book, but how do you reach an audience?

If you’re looking to answer that question, a self-publishing consultant may be the right place to go.

Making Sense of Self-Publishing

Self-publishing comes down to a simple fact. Ultimately, what self-publishing promises, it also delivers. Anyone can publish a book. A few clicks and you’re a bona fide author.

But with that ease comes a new uncertainty. Anyone can publish a book, so anyone does.

Twenty years ago, writing magazines like Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest and The Writer’s Chronicle were teeming with articles about how to write and find an editor. Those articles are still there, but today they stand shoulder to shoulder with an equal number on how to market books.

While the art of publishing a book just got a whole lot easier, the art of selling books became much more challenging. Challenging doesn’t have to mean impossible though.

The Path To Self-Publishing Success

It’s an old saying, but I believe it’s true. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Failure is a difficult word, I understand that. Writing a book is a major accomplishment in life. But is simply writing that book all you really wanted?

As a self-publishing consultant, I work with authors to define exactly what they want out of their project. Some people simply want a physical book they can wrap up and give to their friends. That’s a different goal, however, than breaking through the glass ceiling and attaining publishing success.

Both outcomes are possible. You just have to know which one you want.

How A Self-Publishing Consultant Works

erick mertz self-publishing consultant oregon portlandJust like so many of the other services that I provide, I don’t sell a “one size fits all” package. Coming to you with a prescribed plan would be ignoring your ideas. I want to know what you want from your book, however lofty or simple.

If you don’t know what you want (and that’s perfectly fine) then our work together will be more discussing the many possible roads and defining how to get there.

I cannot promise your book will a best-seller after talking to me, but I can assure you the path to reaching your audience will make a lot more sense once you do.

Do you think working with a self-publishing consultant help get your book project off the ground?

Get in touch with me today to discuss your self-publishing project.

Every caller or email contact receives a free 30-minute consultation where we can discuss your options for improving their fiction, memoir or screenwriting manuscript.

Erick MertzSelf-Publishing Consultant