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Desperate to be published? Can’t hook a publisher?
If you are seriously considering self-publishing, then read on . . .
You’ve probably Googled ‘self-publishing’ and returned thousands of hits. You’ve possibly looked no further than the first page or two of results. You may have checked out a couple of companies that purport to put your cherished manuscript into print at an attractive price.
You sense your excitement rising. You can almost feel your book in your hands.
Wait. Reflect for a moment. Ask yourself, ‘What exactly do I get for my money?’
Unless you specifically ask – and pay extra – you won’t receive copy-editing, proofreading, cover design (other than the publisher’s standard templates) or continuing guidance on layout, font selection and other details that make a professional-looking book. And that’s what you want, isn’t it? A book that looks as good as those on the shelves in the book stores? And if you want to market your book most companies won’t undertake website design and/or management. They willl pass you on to a third party.
So what are your choices? Trust proofreading to friends and family? Spend months learning the skills involved in typography and cover design? If so, good luck with your endeavours. Many a promising book is fatally flawed because insufficient care is taken with important elements of book production. This is the bane of self-publishing. Look at a cheaply or carelessly produced self-published book and you’ll soon understand why.
We can help you to overcome these issues. At a price other self-publishing companies find difficult to match.
Click HERE to discover how . .
If you choose to work in partnership with WriteIdeas, we can make your book stand out by: checking your manuscript; proofreading it; typesetting it professionally; designing a custom cover; and then steering the proof through the self-publishing process. Even provide you with a website and a social media presence if you wish.
The traditional publishing process is lengthy and involves a number of specialists working together – editor, copy-editor, proofreader, designer, typesetter, sales staff and marketeers. Arguably the most important of these are the copy-editor and proofreader. These highly-skilled professionals do not come cheap. Currently, their corporate hourly rate is in excess of £20 (some self-employed professionals quote between £7 and £12 per 1000 words). Suddenly, self-publishing starts to look decidedly costly.
So what do you do? You may decide to ask family and friends to proofread for you in order to avoid such costs. Bear in mind they are not professionals; inevitably they will not have the same degree of understanding of grammar and punctuation or an equal ability to discover errors. But you can be sure your readers will! At WriteIdeas we assess the proofreading work required in a manuscript. If we believe the grammar and punctuation is of a good standard, we will tell you so and offer an irresistible price. Don’t allow poor proofreading to ruin your book!
What do you do if you want to use the basic service provided by Kindle Direct Publishing (CreateSpace as was) or Feed A Read, but not their professional services? You turn to WriteIdeas. We assure you our price will be much lower. As a small independent we do not take on a large number of clients, as we believe every one of them has a right to our personal attention as and when needed.
Our mission is ‘to reduce substantially the cost of a book of which you will be proud.’
We can project manage a whole project for you, or provide one or more of the services below:
- Cover design
- Management of production, publication and distribution
- Production of eBooks suitable for Kindle, Sony, etc.
- Web design and content management
We believe one key differentiator is the proactive contact we keep with our clients. As writers ourselves, we understand the need for the refining of ideas that require a prompt response. We are a phone call away, you will never be in a queue and you will not wait twenty-four hours until you get a response.
Our pricing is highly competitive. Our overheads are low and we do not burden ourselves with too many customer projects.
In addition to publishing we also undertake web design, employing either WordPress or WIX platforms. Whether a new site or a refesh, a simple one page site or an ecommerce platform, we undertake to deliver a unique design at the lowest cost. We pride ourselves in working closely with our clients, implementing their needs in the quickest possible time.
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