If you have questions about the services offered on this website, this page might help answer them. If it doesn’t, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll do my best to answer within 24-48 hours.
Do I need to hire an editor for my book?
The short, definitive answer is yes. You can do the first pass self-edit on your first draft and fix glaring errors on your own. You can also ask other authors or volunteers to function as “beta readers” before you hire a professional editor. But after these edit rounds, I guarantee that your finished book will benefit greatly from having a professional editor with an objective view take a look. An editor will take your draft manuscript, point out errors, make suggestions and generally make your book better than it would have been. Editing will take any where from a few weeks to several months, so factor it into your book publishing schedule. I will do some editing as I typeset the book, but I am not a professional editor. I do know a few editors, and you are welcome to contact me for information. This is one of main issues that sets apart traditionally published books from self published books, and you will be way ahead of the competition if you work with a good editor.
What does “print-on-demand” mean?
Print on demand as it applies to books refers to publishing services driven by customer demand. Companies such as Ingram Spark, Lulu, and Amazon offer single or small quantity hard-copy printing services based on actual orders. This is in contrast to the large publishing houses (Hatchett Livre, Penguin Random House, etc) which print books in bulk with the expectation that these large print runs will be purchased by readers over time. Print on demand sites and services are driven by actual customer needs and desires.
Should my book be printed in color or black and white?
Generally, it depends on the type of book and the profit margins you are willing to accept. Novels are usually printed in black and white. With most print-on-demand companies, the printing costs for color books is more expensive than black and white. Since those printing costs are taken out of the price of the book, author royalties will be less per book than a black and white print version. One can always price the book at a higher rate to offset color printing costs.
What format should my manuscript be in to use your services?
Any text editor will work. Most people use MS Word. The Word document you provide will be imported into Adobe Indesign, as this software is specifically designed for book formatting and publishing. Also, if your manuscript is mostly text, you don’t need to worry much about formatting your Word document. As long as the chapter headings and page breaks are clearly delineated, the file should transfer to Adobe Indesign mostly intact. If your manuscript is more complex, we will work together on making it look the way you want it to look.
I need to get images for my book. Where should I look and what size should they be?
Free stock images can be found at Pexels.com, unsplash.com, and pixabay.com. The major stock image websites where you must purchase the pictures include shutterstock.com, gettyimages.com, and dreamstime.com. Your images should be at least 300 dpi and sized to match the size of your book pages.
Can I just offer a printed book, or do I need to have an e-book too?
You can offer just print books, just e-books or both. Generally, I think if your book interior is complex, the limitations of the various platforms, (Amazon’s Kindle software for instance) may result in an inability to provide a finished ebook that looks as nice as the print version. If you have a website or another platform, you could offer the book as a nicer looking PDF for direct sale to your readers. If you need more information about this, give me a shout.
Do I need to develop a website for my book?
I think it depends. If you are going to create a blog and interact with readers often, or offer free chapters or otherwise engage your visitors, I think it would be good thing to do. It’s a great marketing tool, and gives you a platform upon which to build a brand, if you plan to write many books. But if you just want a landing page from which to sell your book, it’s a lot of work for not much benefit. One page websites won’t pick up traffic without a push to it from some other source like an ad in Facebook or on Amazon. In my opinion, a landing page would be helpful as an ad traffic destination, but it’s a lot of work to set up the back end for just that purpose. You would be better off buying Facebook or Amazon ads for your book and directing readers to your Amazon author page or Facebook page.
If I hire you, can I make payments on the project fee instead of paying for it all at once?
Sure, if you select the PayPal Credit option when you pay through PayPal, you’ll be able to pay over time to Paypal.