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Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 5

22 May

By Nesher Ehrman

Hello again. Welcome to the fifth and final section of this little series. If you haven’t read the previous four parts of the series, you should. Really, they’re not bad, and the chronology of one to four is flawless.

In this final installment, we’ll talk (finally!) about how to self publish. Self-publishing demands a bit more effort, but depending on no one but yourself can be a bonus – it only takes as long as you want it to take.

Essentially, self-publishing means you find a company which does print-on-demand publishing. These companies often work internationally, so you don’t need to look for one near you. One great example of such a company is Createspace, a subsidiary of Amazon. However, most self-publishing companies have similar ways of working, so what you’ll need to do by yourself is –
1) design the interior of your book, (typesetting, print size, margins, fonts, page numbers etc.)
2) design the artwork for your cover, front back and spine
Both of these parts can be done by a determined layman with some degree of efficiency and intelligence, but if you obtain professional help, the end product will probably be superior.

Many self-publishing companies give you a free ISBN (publishing number) when they publish your book, and some require a small fee, depending. The choice, of course, is yours, but don’t forget to take it into account. Once all of this is done, publish your book through the company by sending them the files of your book interior and exterior. You may be required to buy a single copy of the book.

At this point, you might think your work is done – far from it. If you choose to self-publish, you should be aware that any advertising that is done for your book comes exclusively from you – mention it on your social media, tell your friends, arrange book-signings, talk about it on book sites, comment about it on appropriate blogs. Make sure as many people as possible are aware of your published book in order to get it going. Word doesn’t spread by word of mouth if no one has ever heard of your book.

This has been the final part of the Realizing Your Writing Potential series. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and be sure to glance through when you publish your next book. If you just read the series in order to publish a book – good luck!

This series was written by Nesher Ehrman, an oddity who prefers speaking with a keyboard rather than the more accepted channels. To experience more of his keyboard-speech, pay a visit to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/

Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 4

25 Apr
By Nesher Ehrman
 
Hello once again. This is installment number 4 in the series Realizing Your Writing Potential. Like most fours, this one has a one, two and three, so if you haven’t read those yet, you should do that first. In this part, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty details of how to publish with a recognized publishing company.
 
So, how do you contact a publishing company? Who should you go with? How do you even find them? 
 
Google knows. No, seriously, Google knows everything. Utilize the all-knowing search engine to cast your net. search for publishing companies close enough to work with. No matter where you live, there are a lot of publishing companies in your area. (Unless you’re in Antarctica, in which case, how are you getting an internet signal?)
 
Compile a list of all the publishing companies near you, and slot them into a chart. Some companies will charge money just to read your manuscript, so decide whether – and how much – you’re willing to pay for that. If not, strike them out. Cross out companies if they don’t publish the kind of book you’ve written – companies are generally very clear about which genres they publish. Keep crossing out companies until you have a list of places which you think might want to publish your book. This list can range from two to twenty, depending on how picky you are, where you live, and how industriously you’ve worked on your list.
 
Some of the companies on your list might accept entries by email. This requires the least effort, so send to those first. What do you have to lose? Next, send printed copies to the rest, according to their requirements. Different companies might ask for carbon copies in a specific font or text size, so pay attention to that. Don’t forget include your details, so that the company can get back to you if they like your manuscript. Finally – and do not, on any account, skip this step – heave a sigh of relief.
 
The final item on your agenda is to wait. Publishing companies are notorious for taking their time in processing manuscripts, in order to choose the best. Not to worry, though, because you write brilliantly, so it’s just a matter of time.
 
In the next and final installment of this series, Part 5, we’ll talk about self-publishing, who you should do it with, and how to it correctly. See you there!
 
Nesher Ehrman is an author for The Writing Corp, and when he’s doing anything other than refreshing the view stats for that website, you can find him (and his work) over at nesherehrman.wordpress.com/
 
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