Guest blogger, Janice Reed, is here with Part Two of her book publishing series. Read Part One, “How to Publish a Successful First Book.
Prepare for printing
There are a few crucial considerations as you take your “pride and joy” project and prepare it for future printing. In essence, you’ll need to provide an effective and error-free presentation, in a timely manner and at the lowest cost to you. But how do you make sure you successfully accomplish those considerations?
Things I wish I knew before I began my own book project:
One of the biggest mistakes I encountered was something that could have been avoided if I had done a few simple things first, like develop a good working relationship with my Author Representative, ask lots of questions and be more proficient in using the Word program.
- In self-publishing, most publishers offer editorial service, at an additional cost. If you choose not to add this service, you pay for any editorial changes to your document on an “ala carte” basis. Knowing that I was pretty capable in that regard, I set about crossing that off my list of author services. Although it meant a lot more work on my part by having to go over my document many times, I still missed several! One example showed in the preliminary drafts that I got back from the publisher. It contained so many breaks in my text that I questioned them. My author rep explained that I had caused them with paragraph shifts in my document. She suggested how to view them in the Word document, thus preventing more errors in the next draft. Up to that point, I had accrued many edit charges, until I realized my error. I then made sure the document was as “clean” as possible before presenting my draft again. If you are a Word expert, (I was not!) this will probably not affect you.
- Format is another issue to consider. In the case of my cookbook, it was quite a consideration as each recipe needed to be on its own page. Unfortunately, as I received the drafts back for review before printing, I found that longer recipes went onto the following page, leaving a blank page to follow in some chapters! The lesson here is that the printed layout and format are quite different from a computerized Word document.
- Honing the material is an essential part of becoming your own editor and the hardest of all! Most authors feel that all their material is important, but as you progress with your author rep, you’ll find there are several things you considered important but, actually, are not. My advice is to be well aware of the document’s readiness. A second look at it by a trusted friend or associate often point out more edit requirements, saving actual edit costs.
These are some of the processes you’ll experience as you work towards being the best author you can be! While it may seem complicated and time-consuming, it’s a very rewarding experience!
Do you have any questions about Self-Publishing or Print-On-Demand? I would love to hear from you about your experiences and/or comments! Next, I’ll explore more steps to publishing and marketing your own successful book! Please leave your questions in the comment box below.