A Guide To Becoming Self Published Author
Colorado Springs, CO -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2013 -- Is Self-Publishing Really Free?
With the self-publishing industry approaching a newly estimated $52 billion a year, many players are entering this burgeoning market. From print on demand giants such as LuLu, Createspace, and Outskirts Press to best-selling authors such as Guy Kawasaki, and millionaire EBook Amanda Hocking; they are all making self-publishing history.
Self-publishing not only eliminates the middle men of traditional publishing houses, booksellers, and media, but shaves years from the publishing cycle. With best-selling authors habitually being rejected; (Top 10 Most Rejected Authors) just being accepted for traditional publication can take years—needless years.
With self-publishing an attractive option—both first-time writers and established professional authors are flocking to various self-publishing mediums. New options include the ability to offer a printed physical book for sale on Amazon.com, who now claims to be “Earth’s Largest Bookstore,” offering online distribution in Europe; and Smashwords, Kobo Writing Platform, and Kindle, providing books in electronic form. These new forms of publishing and distribution are creating non-traditional best-selling authors worldwide.
However, with many entering this new playing field, misconception and confusion is commonplace. Most self-publishing venues are promoting their services as “free.” But is self-publishing really free? Publishing SOLO releases a new report that outlines the real cost of self-publishing a book.
This report simplifies the digital publishing process into three parts: editorial costs which are content editing, copy-editing, and proofreading; book cover design which includes the front cover design, back cover design, and author bio/synopsis; and interior book design to include font selection, chronological design, and image placement. These basic components of a book are where the real cost lies in self-publishing, not free uploading to a self-publishing venue.
The Publishing SOLO report points out that although the final act of uploading a digital file to a self-publishing site is free, it is important to count the real cost of publishing a book before embarking on the self-publishing journey. Many writers find themselves stranded in a book project which requires a massive investment of time, money, and resources they don’t have. Publishing Solo Coach, Deborah S. Nelson states, “The 3 phases of bringing a book into the world include—first, you will write your book. That’s the easy part. The second step is difficult. Publish your book. The third step is the most challenging; marketing your book.” Ms. Nelson teaches a Publish Your Book Blueprint Course online which conveys the digital book process by actually doing it in 3 days.
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