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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: 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 Amazon.com. 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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