Harriet will be sharing with you some great advice for indie authors!
Before You Spend a Dollar on Self-Publishing
Hurray! You finished your book and want to sell it. Start by researching independent publishers. The company may describe itself as a “full service” company, but you pay for these services. Pass on publishers that make sweeping promises or use excessive flattery to lure you.
Ask about fees. Charges may include content editing, copy editing, proofreading, interior layout, front cover design, back cover design and sell copy. You may be required to pay for a specific number of printed copies. Be ready for surprises, such as being charged to rent the wooden pallets your books are stored on in the warehouse.
It’s wise to talk to an author who used the company. Was the author satisfied? Did the company do what it promised? Is the book in bookstores?
Check the company’s titles and examine a few books. I’m amazed at how many good books have bad covers—artwork that detracts or misrepresents the content. Feel the paper. Is this a quality book? Audio books are on the rise. Find out if the publisher deals with audio books and how much you would need to invest. If you don’t put up any money your royalties will be much less.
Ask about royalty payment dates. The publisher may require you to reach a dollar amount in sales before you are paid. Some publishers charge a check processing fee. You can avoid this fee by arranging for electronic deposits to your bank account. Finally, determine how much you’re willing to spend to hold your book in your hands.
Harriet knows what's she talking about because she is the author of many books, including The Grandma Force! She has been a freelance writer for 38 years and is the author of thousands of print/online articles and 37 books. Hodgson is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She has appeared on more than 185 radio talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. A popular speaker, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, bereavement, and caregiving conferences. She lives in Rochester, Minnesota with her husband, John. Please visit www.harriethodgson.com for more information about this busy wife, mother, grandmother, caregiver, speaker, and author.
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