How to hire self-publishing help

You’ve written your words. You breathe a sigh of relief. Now, it’s time to upload your book to one of the many online distributors.

You have two choices. You can do it yourself. Or, you can hire someone to do it.

What should you ask before hiring self-publishing help?

First, ask about fees. Anyone willing to format and upload your book for $50 probably doesn’t understand the process for selling books. They may know how to get your book uploaded, but that’s the tip of the iceberg. You need to make it easy for readers to find your book. If your guru doesn’t know how to make that happen, you need to find a new guru.

Later, I’ll talk about what else is involved, well beyond uploading and designating categories and BISAC codes.

Before hiring help, you should ask your guru what category they will choose for your book.

Some self-publishing platforms offer categories requiring that specific metatags appear in your book setup. A self-publishing guru will know that.

Ask your guru what BISAC category they plan to assign to your book.

The BISAC is used by retail and academic bookstores and libraries. Do you want them to sell your book? Then your guru must know to make that happen.

What should your self-publishing guru ask you?

A guru will ask you what category and what BISAC designation best fits your work. You quite probably know your field of expertise far better than your guru. You don’t want to hire a guru who ignores the BISAC or who guesses what the best designation might be.


Do you need to hire a self-publishing guru? Contact me.