Horror writers have never been more in demand than during the Halloween season, this is because during the Halloween season, especially Halloween night wherein anything scary and chilling is always welcome. It is also the best time to release your own Horror story. Of course, it is not that easy to just release a Horror story without proper planning.
Here are some great tips on writing and self-publishing a horror story.
- Write your manuscript as early as possible
It takes a time to write a manuscript for a book, and although it really depends on how fast you write, it usually takes at least 2 to 3 months to finish a manuscript. Which is why if you want to have your book published in time for the Halloween season, you have to get started on it right away. When you are writing your manuscript, try to have family and friends look over your book. Try to get their opinions on your story and what you can add into it.
- Have your book double-checked by a professional copy-editor
It is a good idea to have your book looked at by a professional copy-editor because no matter how many times you look over your work it is always better that you have a professional look into your work. This will not only ensure your work’s quality but it will also give your book a more professional feel.
- Create an attractive Halloween themed book cover
Your horror story novel should have Halloween themed book covers. When you create your Halloween themed book cover always take into account that the book cover should be both attractive and yet still loyal to the Halloween theme. Keep in mind that it is not a good idea that you put an illustration that is too grotesque or scary for readers. True you can put scary illustrations, just as long as they are not so disgusting that it distracts the reader from enjoying the book. It is always a good idea to have your book cover made by a professional.
- Conduct effective book promotion
Before you even think of self-publishing your book you should conduct a book promotion campaign. You can do this through many ways. One way is to have your book published through a self-publishing company. By doing this your book will be published and every aspect of its production will be taken care of. This, of course, will costs you a bit. Another option is that you conduct the book promotion yourself. You can do this by using social media such as Facebook as a means of advertising your book. You can also have your book promoted through more traditional forms of media.
- Have your book published and distributed a month before Halloween
Once you are finished with the creation of your manuscript you should now have it printed. In the old days when you wanted a book printed, you had to pay upfront and have a huge supply of books afterward. This is a disadvantage because there is no guarantee that you will sell all your books.
Nowadays though you can have your book printed through print on demand services. These services allow prospective buyers of your book to peruse it through the internet and your book will only be printed once you already bought it. That way you don’t need to stockpile a hundred copies of your book in your garage. After you are finished with the printing of your book distribute it a month before Halloween, so that you can take advantage of the Halloween holiday.