~by Amina Abdullah-Winstead, PhD
Traditional methods of publishing can take years to achieve especially when submitting information for peer review. Self-publishing is an up and coming alternative to traditional methods. This service allows your information to be available in many forums for immediate discussion and debate. Below is a guide to help you in your search for publishing your writing.
Review Your Writing
Assemble a team to review your work for feedback. Try gathering individuals with professional experience to review the material for clarity, poor phrasing, redundancies, and vocabulary choice. Create codes that correspond with the item in question when marking needed corrections. For instance, NC can represent not clear and PP for poor phrasing, while RD could stand for redundant. For academic articles, ask members of the academic community who have expertise through either research or experience working in the area of your topic to review your writing. You can never have too many eyes checking your work and a fresh set of eyes may discover minor mistakes previously overlooked.
Edit Your Writing
When submitting the final version for publication you want to make sure that your writing is free of errors. If you type your work in Microsoft Word, use the spelling and grammar checker tool. This function captures common mistakes made with spelling, punctuation and grammar, but not all of them. Proofread your work to capture additional grammatical and spelling errors, as well as punctuation, sentence structure, and colloquialisms. Similar to the review process, assemble two or three individuals to read your writing and highlight mistakes as a final step before submitting your work.
Make Final Corrections
You may question why this is necessary. Believe it or not, you may miss a correction after having several people review and edit your document. The best way to make sure this does not happen is to make a matrix listing the suggested corrections from each person and then check each one off as you make changes to your writing. Taking the time to perform this process ensures that you put forth clear and consistent work.
Publish Your Writing
If you are writing an e-book, think about allowing an independent publisher, such as Hawthorne Press, to assist you with publishing your work. An independent publisher can assist you with creating a book cover, establishing a price point, obtaining the required identification codes, registering your copyrights, and organizing your manuscript for the proper e-book or print format. Compared to traditional publishing, you can receive higher royalties for your work with independent publishing and self-publishing. Take not that independent publishers can place your e-book for sale with major distributors like Amazon or Barnes and Noble just as easily as major book publishers.
Promote Your Work
There are many ways to display and promote your work. You can create a website or blog, post messages on Facebook and Twitter, or use social media widgets and gadgets to drive people to your work. Whichever method you choose remember always to brand your work as a link for future endeavors.
These are suggestions that serve as a guide for getting your ideas from your mind to production. Whether you take this approach or use another way to publish your material, get started on preparing your first work. You can always decide on publishing later. However, if you start with an independent publisher from the beginning, they can steer you through the process to ensure that you have a publishable product.