Four Absolutely Essential Resources For Self-Publishing Authors!

Four Absolutely Essential Resources For Self-Publishing Authors!


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.


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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One Response to "Four Absolutely Essential Resources For Self-Publishing Authors!"

  1. pamelaallegretto  July 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    For JDK, I highly recommend BookLocker for your self-published book. In addition to their fair prices, their cover designer, Todd Engel, is first rate. I told him exactly what I wanted, and he designed a cover that was far and above my most hopeful expectations. He also kept in constant communication with me every step of the way. There was never the issue of wondering what was happening or when he was going to answer any of my many questions. The same holds true for Angela. She personally answered every question (and yes, there were many) promptly, and with kindness and patience. The result is a high-quality book for which I am extremely proud.

    – Pamela Allegretto

    Bridge of Sighs and Dreams
    Two women clash in World War 2 Nazi-occupied Rome.