Writing a book can be a tedious task. But one question that I get asked most often by others who are interested in self-publishing a book is, what are the next steps?
After completing a manuscript, you will have to decide whether or not you want to copyright your work prior to moving forward with working with others for tasks such as editing, illustrating, translating etc. Now according to Writers Digest, you don't need to copyright your work once you have committed it to paper.
Your work automatically becomes protected under the copyright law, however if you want greater power to litigate and collect damages should someone steal your work, then it would be wise to pay $45 (single author copyright) and register your work with https://copyright.gov/. It is a fairly simplistic process, in which I did myself, that will provide piece of mind that should someone try to claim your work as their own, you have documented/registered proof stating otherwise.
Okay, so after you actually write the book and decide to copyright (or not), it is important that you have your work edited professionally. There are sites that you can use to assist you with finding editors. I know you are thinking; you can always just edit it yourself but it's imperative to have it looked at by eyes other than your own. I learned this the hard way. While working on one of my first books, DLee's Color Hunt, I was sure that I had edited my story to the point of perfection. I mean I did review it probably hundreds of times and had it looked at by several family members. I didn't see any issues with it and nor did they. Therefore, I went ahead and published it and ordered myself copies without purchasing an author copy first (because I was sure it was perfect). When I received my books, I was so excited! It was such an amazing feeling to see my book officially come to life. I opened the book and started to look through it. And as I am turning through the pages, I noticed that I overlooked something. Something so ridiculous, I