Friday, March 19, 2010

Article: Self-Publishing - Part 2

Part Two - Creating Your Book

Ok, I don’t want to spend too much time on this for fear of sounding like one big commercial but here we go … The first step to making a book is getting your content in order!

  • Once you have written your book make sure it is exactly how you want it. To be sure your grammar and spelling is correct you may want to hire an editor /proofreader. It’s not cheap (usually about $35 an hour) but is necessary if you want your book to be professional. (We don’t personally do this but can refer you to someone)

  • Have a vision for your book. Look at books that are your competition and write the names of titles and Illustrators that you like. This will help your designer understand what you are looking for and save you both a lot of time.

  • Be sure to know what your needs are – What size book do you want to make? Hardcover or Soft? How much do you want to spend? Your designer wants to work with you, let them know what your budget is and it can actually save you money! Where do you want to sell your book? Do you need to register a copyright? Do you need an ISBN for your book? (look at my sight under “self-publishing” for more info)

  • Do you need Illustrations? We provide them but there are many talented artists that would love the chance to see their work in print, it just takes some research and asking around. (visit our "artwork" link)

  • Find the right designer! Research designers to see if they are a match for you. Don’t just go with the cheapest or the first one you come across, this is your baby and you are going to be investing your time and money so be sure you are compatible with whoever you are working with. TIP: Check their design schedule to make sure your project is done within time-line you need.

  • Once you have your designer, ask questions. Check out their contract or work agreement to see if there are any hidden costs. Know what the bottom line is.

  • After your book has been designed you will want to be sure you have thoroughly proofed your book before going to print and then you should have just one book printed before placing a large order, books always look a little different once you have them in your hands!

Once your book is made and is exactly like you envisioned it to be then it’s time to market it!


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