Following on from a previous post (How To Publish Your Book Without Breaking the Bank), I thought I’d expand on the subject, and suggest the seven things you should be expecting to pay for when publishing your new book.
Each of the following range in price dramatically, so make sure you do your research, ask for samples, and pay what you’re happy to pay.
Remember, you’re the customer in all of these transactions.
Find an editor:
For those that do agree to edit a sample of your manuscript for free, they’ll probably request the first few pages, or the first chapter. This enables both of you to see if you “click”.
When the samples come back, line them up side by side and decide which editor best understands your work. For instance, I tend to avoid anyone who tries to change my voice. Some editors are more literary-inclined, which is fine, but the changes they tend to make to dialogue won’t suit my thriller genre.
Finally, be prepared to agree a timeframe for the work to be completed, pay up front, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The best editor is one you can work with time and again.
Find a designer:
Do you have a brand image that you’re trying to convey to readers? All this helps the designer to capture the essence of your story.
Be prepared to pay up front for the design – after all, it takes time to put these things together, and the designer is running a business.
Finally, you may find that you can pay for the eBook cover first in order to use it for promotion purposes while you format the paperback and work out the dimensions required for that cover.
Hopefully the above helps and gets you started on the road to publication.
Next time: Basic promotional material
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