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Self-Publishing offers authors an opportunity to become published without the need of having to go through a literary agent or a traditional publisher.
How does it work?
An author will choose a publishing package that fits their needs, requirements and budget, and the author will have a member of staff who will answer any questions and advise them accordingly.
The author's manuscript is sent to the publisher as a word document, which the publisher will typeset to a book size agreed with the author, and this document will then be sent back to the author as a PDF for approval.
At this stage, the author may notice some changes that they would like to make to the manuscript and a form is supplied by the publisher asking the author to list the changes required. These changes are made and an amended PDF is sent to the author for approval.
The same process happens for the cover design.
Once both the cover design and text have been signed off, the ISBN number is assigned to the book and the files are then sent to the printer. Once the book is approved at the printer, the bibliographic data is sent to the retailers and wholesalers, making the book available for sale throughout the world.
Now it is time for marketing and promotion.
All Self-Publishing companies will sell additional marketing and promotional services. However, it is important that these services are explained in detail so that the author is buying the correct service. The golden rule is do not purchase services that you can do yourself.
It is also important that the author receives marketing and promotional support as and when they require, by phone or email, at no additional cost. A good self-publishing company will recognise that by supporting the author in this way will increase their chances of selling more books and receiving more media coverage.
Self-Publishing is currently the fastest growing sector of the publishing industry.
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