Being self-published has its ups and downs.
It is strongly advised that if you go down this route, have your book edited by a professional.
You don’t get an advancement on the book you have written. You have to wait until it sells (if it ever does.) However, don’t be discouraged.
Having the book cover professionally done is a good thing. If you have an idea of what you want it to look like, then don’t be afraid to say to the self-publishing company. After all, it is your book.
Ask family and friends what they think of the covers when you are given a few options to choose from, as this will give you an idea what will draw a reader to your book. Tell them to be honest.
Don’t be afraid to let your editor know if you are unhappy with anything they suggest. But and this is important, remember why you want it to be edited, you may have written the story but the editors also know their job. This can be very hard at times but think about it carefully and then reply to them.
Once the book has been edited and has a nice cover, you are the one that has to promote yourself. Setting up social media accounts and a website. Start with the basics such as, Facebook and Twitter.