The Importance of Editing

One of the biggest mistakes an author can make is to publish a book they’ve edited themselves. Sounds harsh, but it’s true. It’s essential to hire an editor for your book so that you get the results that you want.

Your Reputation Is at Stake
Credible Reputation

If there are spelling, grammar, and formatting mistakes in your book you can absolutely bet that at least a dozen people will publicly call you out. They’ll talk about it in your book reviews. They’ll reach out to you and tell you about the mistakes.

And those aren’t even the people that you want to worry about. What may concern you most are the people that don’t say anything. The people that would have appreciated your information and value, your customers and readers, will doubt your information.

While the simple spelling and grammar errors may not seem like much, they do impact your credibility. If you’re going to sell books, you want your readers to trust the information that you’re sharing. You want them to turn to you for more information and resources.

You’ll Lose Sales

Another thing that can happen when your readers find errors is that they’ll return the book. Buyers of digital, audio, and print books can return them and they do. And digital book readers are particularly finicky. They expect digital books to be top quality.

If You Can’t Edit It Yourself, How Do You Edit It?

You might be wondering why you can’t edit it yourself – why your eyes

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aren’t good enough to find the mistakes. The truth is that you know your material so well that you’re just going to miss mistakes. A fresh reader and someone that is a professional editor and knows what to look for and how to make it better, is the best approach.

You can find a number of professional readers available online. However, don’t just take their word for it that they’re a great editor. Check references, ask for recommendations, and check into their experience. You don’t want to hire an editor, trust in their abilities, publish your book and then find out that they missed key mistakes.

Beta Readers

After editing and before you launch your book, ask a few trusted people to

Beta Reader

read your book. These readers are called beta readers. They can read your book not only for content but also for errors and clarity. Beta readers can also be the first folks to leave reviews once you publish your book.

Editing your book is the last step to take before you publish. You put a lot of time, energy, and money into creating your book, so it’s important that the book represents you in the way you want to be represented.

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What Does Self Publishing Entail?

 There are numerous tasks involved in self-publishing. Before you commence a self-publishing project, you need to ensure you are willing to deal with the following issues.

Prepublication

  • Ensure you have edited or get your hands on editing for your manuscript
  • Proofread or find access to proofread your manuscript
  • Acquire any artwork or illustrations you may wish to add
  • Put in place the necessary measures to establish yourself as a legal entity retail business. This step involves selecting and registering a name for your “press”
  • Get ISBN, Bookland EAN/UPC code and Library of Congress “Cataloging in Publication number” among others.

Publication Process

      • Do manuscript formatting which includes a number of processes such as inserting headers and footers, including appropriate margins, typeface, design interior layout and interior art/graphics among others.
      • Add both “front matter” and “back matter” if available. Front matter includes table of contents, copyright page and any other relevant material.
      • Ensure you have provided or obtained cover art for the book as well as design font and back covers.
      • Research and find printing quotes; get quotes for the number of pages, trim size, binding and paper quality among others.
      • Find out how manuscript should be sent to the printer i.e. determine the kind of format used as it’s often in a specified format.
      • Make arrangements to pay for printing costs as well as delivery of completed copies.

Post-Publication

      • Come up with an ongoing book marketing campaign
      • Dispatch books to reviewers
      • Receive your completed books and store them
      • Take care of handling orders i.e. receive orders, invoice customers, process payments and organize packaging and shipping of books.
      • In the case of electronic books, make the necessary purchasing and logistical arrangements to ensure customers receive their books on time.

Ongoing Marketing

      • Come up with press releases and customize a nice PR package for the press and reviewers
      • Decide whether to use space or print advertising. Consider other advertising channels that will reach out to targeted niche.
      • Design an appealing website to sell your books
      • Consider coming up with an internet promotion campaign to market your book. Appropriate advertising channels to use may include email, chats, online banner ads, groups and reciprocal links among others.
      • Use direct mail campaign. Find suitable mailing lists and find a creative and appealing way to advertise your book.
      • Use online bookstores to promote your book. If your book is listed in print but available in a digital format i.e. CD, it will be accepted for automatic listing by online stores. You can include additional information in the listing such as table of contents, excerpts, review and summaries among others. For smaller presses, Amazon’s “Advantage” program is a good choice to consider.
      • Plan to have the book available in bookstores and libraries. In addition, provide or obtain outside distribution rights.

Bookkeeping (Ongoing)

      • Design a system that will effectively track your expenses and income associated with your press. It’s important to separate these records from your personal finances or any other unrelated business finances.
      • Open a special business bank account to take care of all your book related transactions. You need to have a license and other important documents to prove legality before being allowed to set up an account. This way, you can carry out transactions using your business name rather than personal details.
      • Incorporate technology that allows credit card purchases. PayPal is an excellent payment platform to consider.
      • Design a robust invoicing system. If you sell print books to libraries and bookstores, it is often done on “credit”. It is good to ensure these entities are invoiced professionally.
      • Understand income-tax reporting regulations and what is expected from you.

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Advantages- Self Publishing

What Are 7 Primary Advantages of Self-Publishing?
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Self-publishing has become a popular route for highly successful authors in our society today. Even those who considered self-publishing as a thing for amateurs are now realizing that it comes with numerous advantages. Long gone are the days when authors used to shop around for contracts from major publishers.

  1. Maximum Profit

Self-publishers are nowadays reaping maximum profits from their work. The secret of acquiring full profits lies in getting the whole process of self-publishing right. As a matter of fact, numerous authors are now living their dreams after opting for self-publishing. Unlike in traditional publishing where authors have to pay substantial amounts of their profits, self-publishers pocket all their money after selling their books.

  1. Greater Control

Self-publishing offers authors greater creative control over their work. You are in control of your book’s title, appearance, content, formatting, cover, market, pricing, and promotions. The beauty of having maximum control over your book is that you are not coerced into making decisions by publishers you do not want to actually support . Self-publishing offers authors the privilege of making all the major decisions about their books without trying to impress editors, marketers, designers, or publishers.

  1. Longer market life
step-by-step process to getting your book self-published.

Advancement in technology has made life easier for self-publishers. Self-publishing ensures that you no longer have to keep worrying about limited shelf life for your book since they remain in online bookstores indefinitely. Your book has all the time to find the right audience provided it has an enticing title, is creatively formatted and is well written.

  1. Faster publishing period

Time is always an important factor in a books publishing. Self-publishing ensures that authors do not have to endure endless stress and headaches by the hand of publishers. The beauty of self-publishing is that it takes less time to complete an entire book. Self-publishers can actually write as many books as possible without worrying about the suspense dates unlike those stuck in traditional publishing.

  1. Faster market Exposure

While traditional publishing may take much time, self- publishing guarantees authors faster market exposure. With self-publishing authors can market their books online immediately when done with their editing, designing, formatting and proofreading. Modern authors in self-publishing are smiling all the way to the bank due to their books enjoying faster exposure to a global market online.

  1. Better Royalties

Authors depend on their books royalties to earn a decent living. Self-publishing with CreateSpace, Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, Pronoun, Barnes, and Noble ensures that authors enjoy maximum royalties. Self-publishers earn between 50-70% royalties. On the other hand, those in traditional publishing only earn about 10-15% royalties while the rest goes to publishers.

  1. Rights Retention
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Many authors are realizing that publishing contracts are designed to benefit the publishers among other players. As a result, most of them are now turning to self-publishing to retain full rights to their books. Authors in self-publishing retain all the rights for their work and are not required to get into consultations with other parties whenever they want to make the simplest changes.

Conclusion

Authors have every reason to self-publish and reap the full benefits from their book publishing and marketing efforts. How much more satisfying can it be knowing you identified a problem and provided a solution. You basically saw the pain (problem) and treated with a pain killer (book  solution). Right?

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What Are the Primary Advantages of Self-Publishing?

Self-publishing has become a popular route for highly successful authors in our society today. Even those who considered self-publishing as a thing for amateurs are now realizing that it comes with numerous advantages. Long gone are the days where authors used to shop around for contracts from major publishers.

Here are 7 primary advantages of self-publishing

Maximum Profit

Self-publishers are nowadays reaping maximum profits from their work. The secret of acquiring full profits lies in getting the whole process of self-publishing right. As a matter of fact, numerous authors are now living their dreams after opting for self-publishing. Unlike in traditional publishing where authors have to pay substantial amounts of their profits, self-publishers pocket all their money after selling their books.

Greater Control

Self-publishing offers authors greater creative control over their work. You are in control of your book’s title, appearance, content, formatting, cover, market, pricing, and promotions. The beauty of having maximum control over your book is that you are not coerced into making decisions you do not want to actually support by publishers. Self-publishing offers authors the privilege of making all the major decisions about their books without trying to impress editors, marketers, designers, or publishers.

Longer market life

Publishing for Profit

Advancement in technology has made life easier for self-publishers. Self-publishing ensures that you no longer have to keep worrying about limited shelf life for your book since they remain in online bookstores indefinitely. Your book has all the time to find the right audience provided it has an enticing title, creatively formatted and is well written.

Faster publishing period

Time is always an important factor in a books publishing. Self-publishing ensures that authors do not have to endure endless stress and headaches by the hand of publishers. The beauty of self-publishing is that it takes less time to complete an entire book. Self-publishers can actually write as many books as possible without worrying about the suspense dates unlike those stuck in traditional publishing.

Faster market Exposure

While traditional publishing may take much time, self- publishing guarantees authors faster market exposure. With self-publishing authors can market their books online immediately they are done with their editing, designing, formatting and proofreading. Modern authors in self-publishing are smiling all the way to the bank due to their books enjoying faster exposure to a global market online.

Better Royalties

Authors depend on their books royalties to earn a decent living. Self-publishing with Amazon, Apple, Barnes, and Noble ensures that authors enjoy maximum royalties. Self-publishers earn between 50-70% royalties. On the other hand, those in traditional publishing only earn about 10-15% royalties while the rest goes to publishers.

Rights Retention

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Many authors are realizing that many publishing contracts are designed to benefit the publishers among other players. As a result, most of them are now turning to self-publishing to retain full rights to their books. Authors in self-publishing retain all the rights for their work and are not required to get into consultations with other parties whenever they want to make the simplest changes.

Conclusion

Authors have every reason to self-publish and reap the full benefits from their book publishing and marketing efforts. How much more satisfying can it be knowing you identified a problem and provided a solution. You basically saw the pain and treated with a pain killer. Right?