Writers Corner - Authors Corner Book Publishing
Do you have a book in you? I frequently run into people who tell me they are writing a book, want to write a book publishing, or have other people telling them they should write a book. The word author comes from the word authority. Writing a book places you as a perceived authority in your field. And that’s a great place to be.
The challenge often occurs when authors or aspiring authors realize there is a lot more to writing a book than just getting the words down on a page. Gone are the days of writing a book manuscript, sending it to major publishing companies, getting picked up by one of them, getting your advance, and then sitting back waiting for the royalty checks to roll in.
Today, 80% of all new books are self published according to Jerry Jenkins of the Jenkins Group. Should you decide to self-publish, too, there are many factors to consider
One of the biggest challenges for authors is being able to write a book that others want to read. You could have the best book in the world, but if it doesn’t match what book buyers know as ‘industry standard,’ your book will only be bought by family and friends. Certain standards need to be followed in order to have a real chance at success. And that’s where we can help.
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Research is used to fill the gaps in your knowledge of the topic, learn what others have already said in order to embolden your unique voice in the field, and to determine the physical characteristics of books similar to yours. You don’t want to stand out as a self-publishing author; you want to fit in. What section of the library or bookstore would you find similar books in? What are the physical dimensions of the books, number of pages, types of covers, etc.? How is your work different from the work of others in your same category? Research is easy when you know what to do and where to look.
Most new writers are unaware of this piece of the process, despite it being the heart of what you’re selling. There are professionals who work to make the inside of your book comply with industry standards. This includes chapter titles, subheadings, font that aligns with the cover font, margins, page numbers, illustrations, and Library of Congress blocks. Beyond standards are the style choices that give your pages a fitting personality. Leave that to us.
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