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What to spend your money on when you save with self-publishing

19 August 2019

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Self-publishing is the best way for writers of all backgrounds to get their work out there.

It might feel like a huge investment to ‘go it alone’ and publish your work, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how affordable self-publishing is.

Not only are self-publishers allowed complete creative freedom, but with a host of publishing packages available from just £399, it’s a cost-effective way to publish a book – and it’ll leave a few quid in your back pocket, too!

Here are just a few ideas on what to spend your money on when you save with self-publishing.

1. A new pen and notebook

There’s nothing wrong with writing the old-fashioned way, and there’s no feeling quite like grabbing a fresh pen and notebook to start jotting down your next novel ideas on the go.

After your novel has been published, grab yourself a fresh new notebook to start planning the sequel!

We love places like Paperchase and WHSmith for high-quality notebooks, and you’ll find a range of sizes and styles to suit your own taste.

2. Electronic dictionary

Another must-have product for the more minimal, on-the-go writers is the electronic dictionary.

Our top pick is the Seiko Concise Oxford Dictionary, which contains the full contents of the Oxford Concise Dictionary and Thesaurus. No longer will you need to take the heavy physical versions with you; just slip this into your bag and you’ll have over 240,000 words and four million synonym links at your fingertips.

It’s not cheap (expect to spend about £50), but a dictionary of this kind is a perfect way to spend the money you’ll save by self-publishing.

3. E-reader and an eBook subscription

A great way to get some inspiration and a fresh mindset after finishing and publishing a book is to get stuck into some reading of your own – a great way to discover new authors and ideas.

Why not treat yourself to a brand new e-reader and eBook subscription so you can explore a range of new titles to expand your horizons?

We recommend a Kindle Paperwhite and an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription (although there are, of course, other options that are just as worthy of your hard-earned).

4. A brand new laptop

If you’re the type of writer who likes to get out there, whether that’s travelling around the world seeking inspiration or simply popping into your local coffee shop every now and again, you’ll need a sleek, lightweight laptop to carry around with you.

Laptops can be pricey, so why not invest in one after you’ve saved money by self-publishing your work?

Our top picks include the MacBook Air which packs a punch and will do everything you need for speedy word processing (it’ll also last for ages). If you’re looking for something more economical, you could consider a Windows laptop such as Sony's Vaio TX.

Wrapping up

You don’t need much more than a pen and paper to get started as a writer, but the money you’ll save by choosing the self-publishing route will enable you to treat yourself and boost your creativity in the process!

If you’re considering self-publishing your work, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at New Generation Publishing today.

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