Congratulations! You finished writing the next best seller. You defied writer’s block with cartoon inspirations and endless cups of lukewarm coffee. Rewrites are a distant memory; and now you are ready to plunge into the electrifying world of self-publishing.
As your focus shifts to the reality of what lies ahead, your “To Do” list will certainly stretch by the hour. With publishing companies to research, query letters to write, and ideas to brainstorm, expect your needs to grow and your confidence to get a little shaky. This rings especially true if you are a self-publishing newbie. Don’t give up! You can do this if you avoid the primrose path, resist the naysayers, and stay focused.
Exhaust your options before you commit to a publishing company. Be aware of the small details, and know exactly what you are getting to. Many self-publishing companies offer what appear to be great deals (free books, low cost, professional editing, and book cover design) until you read the fine print and realize the massive, up-front costs involved.
A great place to start researching online publishing companies is the Top Ten Reviews (TTR ) web site. Read their reviews about the top twelve online publishing companies, including iUniverse, which came in at #1. According to TTR, iUniverse provides a wide variety of modern services to help sell your book. One of the drawbacks of iUniverse, however, is that there is no author forum—a service that many authors prefer. Overall, says TTR, “This company does a great job with its basic features, up-to-date marketing and helpful paid add-on services.”
Since 1999, iUniverse has blazed new trails for more than 30,000 authors with a innovative “earn as you publish” approach. The company offers a variety of packages—such as Book Launch Premier Pro or Hardcover Select—that include essential self-publishing services including: a manuscript preparation guide, graphics and illustrations, formatting tools for e-books, digital distribution, an author web site, infomercials, and walk-through online submission support. Whether your genre is fiction, professional how-to, poetry, cooking, or personal memoir, iUniverse professionals have a wealth of publishing experience and valuable insider relationships.
Besides deciding on the publisher that best complements your goals, review your “To Do” list, and arrange tasks according to importance. Hire an editor. Many writers mistakenly disregard this step. However, because writers tend to unconsciously overlook many of their writing gaffes, it oftentimes takes someone else to spot errors and correct mistakes. A professional editor will spot haphazard grammatical goofs, and will offer suggestions to improve your manuscript. Think of an editor as someone who will bring out the very best in order to get you and your book ready for maximum exposure and ultimate sales.