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How to Get a Book Published

16 Jan

Once upon a time, you used to have to get some bigwig at a publishing house to notice your manuscript for you to have any prayer of seeing it in print…

Thankfully, those days are gone.

Sure, there are people (mostly from the old-school publishing industry) that turn up their noses at the idea of self-publishing, but thanks to technology and the ever-loving power of the Internet, self-publishing is not only possible but also easy and more lucrative.

Here’s what you need to get a book published:

  1. Content. You can either write a book yourself or hire a writer to do it, which is called ghostwriting. (It’s true: you don’t even have to WRITE your own book in order to get your book published.)
  2. Perfectly edited content. Your book has to be edited. It’s a good idea to hire a professional to do this or, at the very least, make sure several other people read it to search for typos, poorly-worded sentences, grammatical errors, etc.
  3. A ready-to-print PDF file. Unlike traditional publishing methods, in which the publisher will create your book layout for you, self-publishers have to DIY. If you’re decent at creating PDFs, you can do this yourself; otherwise get a pro to do it.
  4. A book cover in PDF. Again, your publisher won’t do this for you; you have to create your own book cover. If you don’t have graphic design skills, never fear: a lot of online self-publishers have easy-to-use tools that allow you to create your cover art yourself, with minimal brain power required.
  5. A self-publishing company. Check out companies like CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu, etc. There are tons of them out there. Be sure to choose one that has lots of distribution channels so you can get your book in front of the largest online audiences.

Need help with any of the steps above? I can help you get your book from teeny-tiny idea to a printed masterpiece. Tell me about your brain child here.

Self-Publishing Royalties vs. Traditional Author Royalties

27 Jun

Wondering how much you can make as a published author?

Let’s take a look:

Traditional Publishing

If you manage to get signed with a publishing house, you’ll typically be given an advance on your royalties between $1,000 and $10,000. If you sell a lot of books – enough to earn more than your initial advance – you’ll then get royalty checks, usually every six months.

Royalties are typically 10%-15%. They start at the lowest threshold and then increase after you’ve sold a certain number of copies (say 250,000). Here’s an example:

You get a book agreement. The publisher gives you an advance of $5,000 on your royalties. That means you won’t see another dime until your book has earned those $5,000 in royalties for you. Afterwards, you’ll get 10% per sale, so if your book retails for $18, you’ll earn $1.80 per sale. The publishing house keeps track and issues you a check every six months for any royalties they owe you.


Okay, in self-publishing, you have to submit a ready-for-print PDF file both for the interior and the cover. All upfront expense is yours, although you can usually control that quite well.

When someone orders your book from an online store like, you’ll have to pay an upfront fixed fee to have the seller print that book for you, plus you give the seller a commission – usually 20% – 40% – for getting you the business.

Typical printing costs for a self-published book will vary based on your page count and book size. For a 250-page book, expect to pay around the $5 mark.

So what does the author get? The simplistic equation is: Your Book’s Sale Price – Printing Cost – Seller Commision = Your Royalty. So for example, let’s say your book retails for $18 (same as above):

$18 sale price – $5 printing cost – $5.40 (30% seller commission) = $7.60 or 42% per sale

As you can see, you have the potential to earn WAY more as a self-published author than going through a traditional publishing house. (It’s a small wonder publishing houses turn up their noses at self-publishers!)

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Self-Publishing: Your Options

20 Jun

Self-publishing is no longer simply “vanity publishing” or “publishing for those who can’t otherwise get published.”

Self-publishing is revolutionizing the publishing industry. Writers no longer need to go through the intimidating process of sending their material to someone who will likely never read it. Instead, they just write what they care about and then can put it up for sale on Amazon or virtually anywhere else.

If you’re wondering how to self-publish, you’re in good company. Just because it’s easier than traditional publishing doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Aside from writing, you’ll need to accomplish the following:

  • Edit your manuscript so it’s 100% perfect.
  • Format your content into a ready-for-print PDF file.
  • Create a cover that fits your book size and width AND meets publisher standards (complete with ISBN).

If this sounds daunting, WickedCopy can help.

In addition to ghostwriting and editing, I have extensive experience in self-publishing using both CreateSpace and Lightning Source. I can take your written manuscript and create a beautiful PDF interior that is ready for a professional printing press.

Take a look at my book, The Alternative Bride’s Guide to Wedding Games, on Click on the “Look Inside!” feature to see what I can do for the interior of your book.

I also offer solutions for your cover. We can either use the CreateSpace template, or I know a number of graphic designers who can do an amazing job on your cover.

Want a custom quote? Have no idea what I’m talking about but want to learn more? Contact us here.

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