Hey there! Thanks so much for the great newsletters and all that you do on behalf of writers and editors.
So, here’s my question, for both my work as a book editor and as a novelist starting to gather info on self-publishing (with BookLocker my prime choice right now) – I can find reams of writing on how to self-publish, promote, and sell novels, but what are the two or three (or more) resources you would recommend as absolutely essential to a self-publishing novelist?
Thank you again for all your efforts. Best to you and yours!
Four essential items a self-publishing author needs are:
1. An affordable publisher who doesn’t gouge authors, who doesn’t take rights, who gives authors their production files, and who profits from book sales (not from setup fees).
2. A good editor (please see the full list further below)
3. A good cover design (our designer is excellent)
You can see samples of Todd’s covers here:
Click on each one to see the entire cover (front, back and spine).
Also, see the covers at the top of this page:
Note: If an author approaches Todd separately for cover design, he will charge $1,000 for the same service. He gives BookLocker a great deal because we send him so much business. Our At-Your-Service package, which includes original cover design, is only $675.
4. A copy of 90+ Days of Promoting Your Book Online, which BookLocker authors receive for free.
FREELANCE EDITORS WE RECOMMEND
Please see below freelance editors who you can
contact for a quote.
If you hire one of these editors you will need to pay
them directly. We are only
referring you to them. We do not hire them for you.
We do not earn any referral fees or anything whatsoever for
referring you to these editors.
WARNING: There is no licensing agency for editors and there
are many online now who are NOT professional editors. We receive
complaints almost daily from authors who hired an editor they
found online, and then found even more errors in their
“edited” book. (This even happens with editors who work
for some POD publishers!) References can be easily
manufactured so you should only hire an editor who’s
done a good job for an author or publisher you know.
NOTE: Many POD publishers now claim ownership of edited
manuscripts (what they call the production files) even
though authors paid THEM to edit their books. We call
this a “forced marriage” because it makes it almost
impossible for an author to move to another publisher
someday, even if they are unhappy with their current
publisher. We strongly recommend NOT paying a publisher
to edit your manuscript. Freelance editors don’t try to
claim ownership of an author’s files.
Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90…and beyond!