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How to Write and Publish Your Book #6

Posted by Andy McDermott / Director Publicious Pty Ltd on 5 October 2014

Self-Publishing Last time we discussed the different types of publishing and looked at traditional publishing and partnership publishing. Now it's time to look at self-publishing. Self-publishing is when the author of a book/ebook takes on the role of publisher and is responsible for the production, marketing, and distribution. Although self-publishing has been around for many years, the exposure now available via the internet, online global distribution, and the convenience of Print On Demand (POD) has brought this form of publishing to the forefront.  It has become the first choice of even seasoned, traditionally published authors. Advantages: Authors have full control over their book, earn 100% royalties, retain all of their rights, and are not bound by a contract. Marketing, if undertaken properly via the Internet and social media, does not have to be expensive, and if conducted with a POD distribution system in place, titles can be av...
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How to Write and Publish Your Book #5

Posted by Andy McDermott / Director Publicious Pty Ltd on 13 September 2014

I'm ready to publish my book/ebook. What now? The book's been written and edited, and it's finally time for your baby to see the light of day. You want to publish your book but wouldn't have a clue where to start...sound familiar? I've been there so I know exactly how you feel, and the farther you delve into it the more overwhelming it can become. The best place to begin is by researching the different types of publishing and deciding which best suits your needs. In the following sections, I have compiled some general information on commonly available publishing options. this time we'll be looking at two kinds of publishing: Traditional Publishing and Partnership Publishing.
1.   Traditional Publishers Most books at your local bookstore have been published through a traditional publishing house. This type of publisher usually acquires books as solicited manuscripts via literary agents. Their services are primarily performed in-ho...
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How to Write and Publish Your Book #4

Posted by Andy McDermott / Director Publicious Pty Ltd on 16 August 2014

Choosing the right editor for your book There are some important factors to consider when choosing an editor. You wouldn’t employ an electrical engineer to change the light fitting in your bathroom, nor would you use a brain surgeon to fix your teeth. The same principle applies to editing. You wouldn’t choose an editor who specialises in academic work to edit a book written for young children or vice versa. So, choose your editor by determining their speciality or genre and by reviewing their qualifications and references. The next consideration is cost. Editors can charge using per page or per hour rates. Personally, I dislike per hour rates for two reasons. Firstly, unless the editor contracts for a specific amount of hours, you have no idea how much the edit will cost until it is finished. This could result in a pricey surprise at the end. Secondly, you have no way of knowing how much time is actually spent in editing your manuscript. I prefer per page r...
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How to Write and Publish Your Book #3

Posted by Andy McDermott / Director Publicious Pty Ltd on 19 July 2014

Hi all, I did intend to write and post this blog from New York, but what with leisurely bike rides through Central Park, the craziness of Times Square, the odd Broadway show and exploring the city and surrounding boroughs like Brooklyn and Queens, it didn't happen. I thought I might get more time once I hit London, but hey, London in the springtime? What can I say? I'm safely back in Australia now, so here we go with #3 of our self-publishing made easy series. The Professional Edit You may question the need for a professional edit, after all, you’ve read through your manuscript a gazillion times. You've had others read it again and again. You've made changes, corrected errors and typos, re-written and re-written - surely you’ve found and fixed everything? The answer to that is: probably not. The fact that you know your story so well may mean that when you read through it, your brain transmits what it thinks is on the page and not nec...
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