Self-Publishing by the Numbers – ISBNs and LCCNs

November 12, 2012

Have you ever looked at the page at the front of a book that has the information about when a book was published? This page can be found on the back of the interior title page of any book – it is called the verso page in the publishing world. The page holds information about […]

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More Perspective: How far have we come and how far do we still need to go?

October 15, 2012

Kim finished with editing last week and the manuscript was handed off to  Lauren, Susan’s proofreader. When Lauren is finished, the manuscript will be ready to send to Cindy Davis for layout (more about that later). Joy finished the graphic and technical parts to the website. Now, Gloria and Susan are working on Susan’s bio, […]

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Starting on the Book Interior

October 14, 2012

This week I will introduce Susan to Cathy Davis who will be doing the book interior. Cathy will talk to Susan about what she would like in the book in terms of fonts for headings and text. They will probably look at pen and ink (black, not color) icons to illustrate the sections which are […]

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Writing a Book Proposal

October 13, 2012

I originally thought I might publish this book with an established commercial publisher, so I worked for a long time on a book proposal. Writing the book proposal was way harder for me than writing the book. 14 months / 25 chapters = Book Manuscript 16 months /10 pages of pain = Book Proposal I […]

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Nervous Author – Thinking about Marketing on the Verge of Publishing

October 11, 2012

It has been wonderful to see an end in sight when I will have a real book.  Not just a collection of stories written over the course of time, but a book I can hold in my hand.  Something someone else can pickup and read, or download to their Kindle, computer, tablet or other handheld […]

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Why You Need an Independent Proofreader

October 10, 2012

As Jan mentioned in her last blog post, proofreading is a very important part of the book creation process. Unfortunately, it is one that many self-published authors skip—often as a cost saving measure. But proofreading, like editing, is one of the many “pay now or pay later” aspects of book publishing. If your readers or […]

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The Wonderful PDF Lady

October 9, 2012

Copyediting means trying to catch and fix all the errors in a manuscript. It is a tedious job, and not one for perfectionists, because perfect does not exist. If you’ve been writing or working on a manuscript for a while, those small and pesky errors, such as “I’m got an idea” instead of “I’ve got […]

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Importance of Proofreaders and Proofreading

October 8, 2012

This week, I will be introducing Susan to Lauren Hidden who will be proofreading her book before it goes to the interior designer. Sometimes it seems that we’ve read our own manuscripts so many times that we just assume we must have caught all the mistakes.  Unfortunately reading our manuscripts multiple times means we are […]

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Benefits of Team Support for the Author

October 1, 2012

Having the team support me during the process of self publishing with their assistance has been freeing and exciting. I’ve worked with teams before when I was within a corporation and in a design firms, but for the last 12 years, I’ve been an independent contractor working alone. Writing for the last few years has […]

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How can a Virtual Author’s Assistant help to keep things on track?

September 27, 2012

Hello everyone.  My name is Janica Smith and I am working on the project as the Virtual Author’s Assistant.  While the title gives some idea of what I do I wanted to talk a little bit about the coordinating role I play in working with an author who is self-publishing. There are many administrative parts […]

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