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 that doesn’t gouge authors, that doesn’t take rights, that gives authors their production files, and that 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 $875.
4. A copy of 90+ Days of Promoting Your Book Online, which BookLocker authors receive for free.
FREELANCE EDITORS WE RECOMMEND ARE RIGHT HERE.
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.
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.
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