Self-Publishing Checklist

Self-Publishing Checklist

I’ve always found checklists handy, and this one is no exception. If you think I’ve left something out, let me know so I can add it. Feel free to print this and share.

Most important

(and do this before you pay anyone to do any work on your book or you’ll waste a lot of money)

  • Finish book and promise to change nothing.
  • Finalize title and subtitle.

To get interior ready


  • Choose cover photo or art.
  • Choose your book cover designer. 
  • Jacket copy – goes on the back cover to hook people into buying the book
  • Bio – short (50 words)
  • ISBN x 2 and barcode (for both print and eBook)
  • An imprint logo for the back and spine – if you buy your own ISBNs
  • Endorsements x at least 2 (for first page and back cover)


Final check

  • Digital check online
  • Order proof copies.
  • Final proof – can be done by nitpicky friends, but I recommend a proofreader too.


  • Kindle, ePub, and Smashwords typesetting
  • Amazon KDP account (if going exclusively through Amazon KDP)
  • Smashwords account (makes your eBook available for download to all eReaders)


  • Book blurb/description for Amazon sales page
  • Amazon author page
  • Friends ready to write reviews on Amazon
  • Choose launch date.
  • Set up book for preorders.
  • Set up preorder campaign.
  • Set up book signing potluck within your local community.

Bulk orders

  • Bulk order for conferences at least 3 weeks in advance and mail straight to event center.


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