Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Australia

Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Australia

Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Australia

If you’re a self-published author in Australia, it doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on some of the biggest book markets in the world!


Self-publishing in Australia is increasingly becoming a popular option for many authors and writers. Self-publishing allows you to retain full control of your book or manuscript. However, when you self-publish, it means that you’re also responsible for every aspect of your book, from creation, publishing, and marketing.

Companies such as IngramSpark and Amazon KDP have opened up book markets throughout the world and have made self-publishing in Australia more accessible than ever before.

If there is one thing that any self-published author should do, it’s to plan out the entire process from start to finish.


Start by Researching Your Potential Book Market

If you haven’t started writing your book yet, start by doing some research. If your dream is self-publishing in Australia, then start planning for it!

Have a look at similar books that are already available, and if there’s already a lot similar to yours, then think, how will mine be different?

Check out 11 Popular Book Genres Explained! for some great information and tips about the different book genres.

There aren’t many books like yours? Great! But why isn’t it there? Have you discovered a niche market, or is there simply no demand for the topic? Even the best prepared and written books can sit on shelves gathering dust with no sales if no one wants to read them.

If you think you have identified a market for your book and you understand the market, then you’re ready to move on to the next stage of the process. Writing the book. However, if you’re struggling with the writing part, we also offer professional ghostwriting services for most genres.


Polish Your Manuscript

If you have written your manuscript, it’s time to move on to the next stage of the process: editing and proofing.

Having someone evaluate or edit your manuscript is vital! We can’t stress this enough. No author should edit their own manuscript or cut corners when it comes to editing and proofreading. There are a variety of different editing steps that you can choose from, and we discussed them in more detail on our professional editing services page.

Some authors prefer to have beta-readers or trusted friends and family read their manuscripts before heading to the editing stage. This stage is entirely up to you. There are a variety of different editorial services, and each of them will have their own level of cost.

We wrote a great article about beta readers and alpha readers: What Are Beta Readers? The Complete Guide to Alpha and Beta Readers for Authors!


Self-publish, Hybrid Publishing, or Traditional Publishing?

Now is when you’re going to need to make some serious choices.

If you choose to self-publish, you’re responsible for organizing and financing every aspect of your book.

If you have the time and ability, there are several parts of this process you can complete yourself. It’s not easy to self-publish, but it can be extremely rewarding and also means that you retain the rights to your book along with any royalties it makes. You also retain full control over your work.

The next option many people consider is hybrid publishers or vanity publishers.

These companies take care of everything for you, but this service comes at a price, and you pay it. Not only do you have to pay an upfront payment (anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000) per book, but you also lose the rights to your book for a certain period and a percentage of your royalties.

Don’t get me wrong, some hybrid or vanity publishers are great.

They’ll go above and beyond to see their authors succeed, but others will simply publish the book, and that’s it. It’s very important that you consider all your options and do a lot of research before handing over any money to a hybrid or vanity publisher. Read the fine print in your contract carefully.

The final option is a traditional publisher. You need to follow their submittal guidelines and submit your manuscript. If they’re interested, they’ll get back to you with an offer. With limited amounts of space, it can be a very long and hard road to trying to find a traditional publisher, but not impossible. A lot of self-published authors in Australia manage to secure traditional publishing deals after releasing their books.

Check out The Best Self-Publishing Platforms to Self-Publish Your Books!


If you choose the Self-Publishing Route, What Comes Next?

If you are planning on self-publishing, you’ll need to focus on the following:

      • Planning and Budgets
      • Distribution
      • Production and Printing
      • Marketing and Promotion
      • International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs)


Planning and Budget

Start by planning out what you’re going to spend on each stage of the process.

This will depend a lot on what sort of book you’re planning on writing.

Children’s books require illustrations but are a lot shorter. It’ll cost more for illustrations, but editing and proofreading will be cheaper.

Longer fiction books don’t require illustrations, but they will cost a lot more for editing and formatting.

Non-fiction books require a lot of editing, images/graphics, and cost more for book formatting because they have a more complicated layout and design,

There are a lot of things you can do yourself, but it’s important to consider that your book is an investment. If you invest in it and do the hard work, it’ll reward you with good reviews and royalties. Things like professional book cover design, professional book formatting and layout, and professional proofreading and editing are an investment in a premium finished product.


Distribution of Your Books | Self-Publishing In Australia

Where are you planning on selling your book? Will it be Print On Demand (POD) through sites such as Amazon or IngramSpark or through bookstores? Are you going to sell eBooks as well as print books? POD takes care of shipping and printing. They’ll take out their costs first, and anything left over is your royalty. You can choose to price higher or lower.

We wrote a great article on print on demand. Check out What Is Print On Demand for Authors?

The other option is to take your finished file to a printer, do print runs of your book, and manage your distribution yourself. The more books you order, the cheaper the overall price per book will be. However, you need to consider the pros and cons of this choice. You’re responsible for maintaining quality control, shipping to distribution points, and maintaining any stock of excess books until they sell.


Production and Printing

There are several different stages in the production area, which include:

  • Editing and Proofreading – It’s one of the biggest areas that self-published authors fail to recognize. Professional editing will leave you with a polished and perfected end product that readers will appreciate. Remember, you get what you pay for with editing.
  • Cover Design – The old saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by the cover,’ may be true, but a lot of people will pick up a book or click on a book entirely based on the cover. There are a variety of different professional cover design companies available, ranging from $100 – $1,000 per cover.
  • Formatting/Layout/Typesetting – Whatever you know as formatting your interior files is a very important part of self-publishing. Professional formatting is an easy way to set your book apart from other authors. Your printer may prefer a certain file type, and many online distributors have their preferences.
  • Marketing and Promotion – This is another area where things can get expensive, depending on what you’re looking for. You can take your completed book to a marketing agency and let them take care of everything for you, or you can do it yourself. Otherwise, you can create your social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, Threads, Goodreads, and many more. You can also build your websites and sell your books directly to clients.


International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs)Self-Publishing Guide Australia

Every book or publisher (which is you if you’re self-published) is required to obtain an ISBN and also to lodge their books with the National Library of Australia and, in Victoria, with the State Library of Victoria. Once you register a title to an ISBN, it can’t be changed.

If you want to find out more about ISBNs, then check out this article on Do I Need An ISBN In Australia?


Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Australia – Conclusion

If self-publishing is the path you want to pursue, but you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us directly. Our experienced team has successfully helped hundreds of authors self-publish their books on Amazon KDP and other self-publishing platforms.

Self-publishing in Australia is what we do best!

Our friendly and professional team at Author Services Australia is happy to help! Need help with self-publishing, such as ghostwritingeditingformattingcover design, or uploading? Our experienced team is here to help.

If you need any assistance with author marketing or social media, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us directly.

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