Aren’t we, technically, a self-publishing company? Why would we be sabotaging ourselves? No. No we are not. Quite the opposite, see, we are specialists in helping authors publish the best book possible.
With that in mind, we are also not blind to the problems that usually occur with the self-publishing projects, many of which can be overcome when you deliver the absolute best work to your audience!
So, we give you 5 very punctual, aspects you always have to keep in mind when self-publishing:
Editing: I simply can’t emphasize this enough. You must have your work edited. This doesn’t mean having your family and friends
read your manuscript. This means finding a professional editor (or 2?) who you trust to be meticulous about your manuscript.
The most important thing in any book isn’t the publisher, the packaging, the cover, the platform. It’s the words. If the “product” isn’t right, nothing else matters.
Content: Like I mentioned before, you need an editor you can trust. When I say “trust”, I want to stress it to the point where you can actually listen to your editor saying things you don’t want to hear. Why? because perhaps one of the greatest ways self-publishing companies fail their authors is that they convince them something they’ve written is more than what it really is.
Please, do not be discouraged! Because this is where editing (all forms of editing) goes into action. Sometimes is not about the idea, but about the form, or development… anything goes! This is why your editor is so important!
When you take your book editing, remember your idea, your message, but keep your mind open.
Quality: While words are most important, the other three things on this list are extraordinarily close seconds. Among these is the quality of the book your publisher delivers. It is not about paying big amounts of money, but about working with the right people. Quality is all in the details! You want your book to have a great presentation.
Design: Because let’s face it, while it is true we should not judge a book by its cover, we cannot deny that it can be just that what makes the difference between a future reader picking it up, or just checking your book’s neighbor.
A little piece of advice, it is not about shouting a million things in one cover, sometimes a very simple cover makes a better design.
Money: This one is a no brainer. Self-publishing companies don’t have the financial back-up that a Traditional Publisher has. Also, you, as an author will invest a lot of time promoting your work (more than with a traditional publisher), and time is money, right?
Make sure your publisher uses the (your) resources wisely. Get involved. Get to know their work. Make everything count.
Whenever you feel ready to invest in the services of a professional editor, contact us here at Detroit Ink Publishing! We are ready to work with you!