How to Self-Publish Your Book?

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With the ascent of Amazon and social media‚ especially for someone who has a message and an audience to share with‚ there are more efficient and speedier ways to get your message out; then going through a traditional publishing house. Most publishers will not even look at new and upcoming authors; most require that you have an agent to represent you, and it can take a lot of time and money. Also, publishing companies need to make money, so usually for starting authors royalties for book sales are minimal compared to the income generated by self-publishing! 

Writing Process

After I recognized that I had a message and audience to deliver it to, I began writing. I did not use a ghostwriter‚ for one I could not afford it‚ however, the main reason was that I wanted people to read my writing and not someone else’s. So, I began to type my book on Microsoft Word! Then I would have one person edit and several others proofread my work! 

What I learned from this writing process was the following. One must set aside 40 minutes to an hour a day; and write at least 400 words a day. And taking a rest on the weekend. My most creative and productive time was after my morning devotions; which I normally spent at the gym listening to podcasts. I did have to move my gym time‚ and in all honestly, I gladly surrendered it‚ for this season of writing. Most people I know take months or even years to complete a single writing project. Not because it should take so long to write; but because they are inconsistent in their work. While others wait for a wave of inspiration to hit them to get going. I do admit there were days that my mind went blank. During these days I did not have a single idea flowing; but I purposed in my heart to write 400 words a day, regardless of how I felt. 

Formatting and Publishing 

I did some research on where or with who I should publish my book through. From this research I concluded that my best options were the following two companies: Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon Company –www.kdp.amazon.com) and Ingram Spark (https://www.ingramspark.com). These are the companies I found to be the best at printing traditional books, as well as eBooks. The best part about going through these companies is that they will make your book available on all their distribution channels. For example Barnes & Nobles, GoodReads, IndieBound, Powell’s Books, Nook, and RKobo. Even though they do not put your physical book in airports or groceries stores; they do make them available for purchase on their online stores. But let’s face it, now days most of us don’t go to Barnes & Nobles to buy books‚ we get them on Amazon with 1 to 2 day free shipping. 

However, Kindle Publishing can’t print hardcovers and they do not publish in Russian as of yet, maybe this will change in the near future. They charge $0 for set up and provide their own ISBN number for free of charge. Amazon is great at depositing royalties after 60 days; and giving you a live graph of who and where your book is being purchased. Both platforms provide you with guidelines on how to format your manuscript; and what format to export it to, when publishing with them. 

Once I decided on the content and size for my cover, I had my wonderful graphic designer create a book cover. Once I submitted my manuscript, Amazon approves it within a day, so you can get a proof copy. As I waited for my proof copy…I went ahead and copied my manuscript into pages and exported them into eBook for iTunes! After this I started to work on my audio book by asking our sound guys to install an app on my computer and I used a studio microphone to record my book! I personally dislike listening to books that are not read by the original author; so I made a personal decision to use my own voice and record my books. 

Marketing and Promotional

One of the first things I did was to share that I was writing a book, on my social media‚ this kept me motivated to keep writing, and it build anticipation for those who follow my ministry. Every step of the book process, I managed to keep my audience in the loop! When I travel I have Amazon send books to that particular place, for the price I pay as an author. Doing this allows me to have my books readily available for those readers who want to get it immediately. 

So, the following is a to-do list I use when writing and publishing a book: 

  • Create an account on Kindle Publishing, Ingram Spark, iTunes Books, and Audible 
  • Choose a title and subtitles for the book. Plan out all the chapters. 
  • Write every day, so you can write 400 words a week. 
  • Keep your social media followers up to date about the writing process.
  • Find an editor and proofreader(s). 
  • Get a good book cover with a recent photo of yourself. 
  • Format it for Kindle Publishing, iTunes and Ingram Spark, and submit it. 
  • Record an audio version of the book and have an audio technician clean it.
  • Launch the book! Ask friends and family members to share it! 
  • Create a website for the book or dedicate a page on your current website. 
  • Record book study videos with questions for small group study. 
  • Get some graphics with quotes from the book, to post every single week to give your book exposure!
  • Ask all your readers to drop a review on Amazon.
  • Create a 60 second video promo for your book. 
  • Get some merchandise that promotes and goes along with your book.

If you have some other tips or questions, please comment below.

Check my previous blog about “Why I decided to write a book”


Blog by Vladimir Savchuk
Facebook: @vladhungrygen
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  1. Thank You! I have felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to write a book for several months now. I have a message burning in my heart. I never knew what to do with it or how to go about with the process. This article inspired me! When I write my book I’ll be sure to reference you as my inspiration!

    1. Awesome Andrew. Wish you the best. Just stay consistent. And if you have any questions, just comment below, would be more than happy to assist.

      1. Thank you so much Pastor Vlad. I read your book and purchased the audible version. It is an amazing book to read more like a deliverance manual. Your a gifted , talented, man of God. I honor you. May the Lord continue to bless you and increase your revelation of his love! May your life overflow with the goodness of our God!

  2. I feel pike writing a book too..for the many insights God has given me day by day…and everyday I love writing and writing even more than 400 words..
    Yhanks for sharing😁

  3. Thanks Vlad, I’ve been prophesied over more than once now about writing a book. Maybe this is confirmation? I’ve got so many other ventures right now, that I dont know where to focus :/

      1. Trying to find out what God wants I guess. I am starting a business, I am wanting to create an app, and I am starting a media/video business on top of my full tim e job and ministry. And I know I am gifted to write a book but not sure if I’m anointed for it.

  4. Hi pastor Vlad. Your book was such a blessing. I recently was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write an ebook called When God Didn’t Heal. My question to you is which outlet did you find helped you the most with advertising? Many blessings

    1. I shared it on my social media, email database, promote it on my trips where I went to speak. I did post it on our churches platforms as well. But nothing super crazy in promoting it.

  5. Greetings Pastor Vlad ! Your ministry has brought me encouragement for the past 2 years. I ve been serving as an assistant pastor, but recently going through a divorce due to domestic violence and infidelity for the past 20 years, I had kept it a secret from everyone until now. My 3 daughters and I are very proud of the steps we’ve taken after praying for a very long time
    And seeking Gods guidance. I can finally say we feel free of that oppression. I’ve been feeling in my heart that God is leading me to write a book on this subject, so needed for many women going through the same situation specifically in the church. Please I ask that you keep me in your prayers. I have all your books, they have always inspired me to become more for God and his kingdom ! Thank you so much. Blessings…

  6. Greetings Pastor Vlad ! Your ministry has brought me encouragement for the past 2 years. I ve been serving as an assistant pastor, but recently going through a divorce due to domestic violence and infidelity from my husband the past 20 years, I had kept it a secret from everyone until now. My 3 daughters and I are very proud of the steps we’ve taken after praying for a very long time
    And seeking Gods guidance. I can finally say we feel free of that oppression. I’ve been feeling in my heart that God is leading me to write a book on this subject, so needed for many women going through the same situation specifically in the church. Please I ask that you keep me in your prayers. I have all your books, they have always inspired me to become more for God and his kingdom ! Thank you so much. Blessings…

  7. Hello Pastor Vlad, my name is Cris and I’m a she. I used to listen (I cannot watch them since I can only access the net when I’m at work, so my employer would not be blessed if I will just stuck to my cellphone all day) to your sermons on YouTube, and so very blessed by them. So glad God found you a very bold pastor.. My pastor is as bold as you.

  8. Thank you so much Pastor Vlad for allowing God to use you so powerfully. I have been wanting to write a book but have not got round to it. This gives me confidence that I can start already with my book because you have simplified the process for me. God continue to bless you.

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