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Frequently asked questions
If you are a brand new author, a struggling author or just want to 'strut your stuff' or 'see if you can write' I will help you.
Read some of the Q & A below to get an idea of what I can do for you.
If you have another question to ask, send it to me at email@example.com
- Can you take my manuscript to publishing standard?
- How long will this take?
It depends on the readiness of your manuscript, if it needs more work, more content, corrections, etc. It could take several months to get the manuscript up to quality publishing standard.
- Can you create a cover for my book?
Yes. I am happy to negotiate this issue with you and give you ideas as to what I think would suit. Again, if you have a clear idea of what you want, or you want a clear reflection of your contents in the cover, I can do that for you.
- How much would this cost?
It depends on the length of time it takes. I am willing to negotiate with you, the author and owner of the work. I am always willing to accept monetary benefit at a later date, when the manuscript is published, which means that it will cost you nothing at all upfront.
- Can I get printed books done?
Yes. I have contacts with local printers who use trusted techniques and whose work is superb. I can get as little as 17 books printed for you, done locally. 250 is the minimum for most printers. For example, if you wanted 17 (9x6") paperback with glossy cover, it would cost around $10.00 each. If you wanted 250 books these would cost less per book ($5+).
I can get precise prices if the details of your finished product are known.
- Who pays for these?
You do. I am happy to arrange for these to be printed, but invoices must be paid. If you believe in your book, you will be happy to put some money into it to get it going. Unfortunately I don't own a mine, or a money tree, so it is not possible to pay for everyone's printed book supply at this time.
- Can I just have Ebooks?
Yes. This is very big business in today's markets. Also, it makes your book accessible to millions of readers easily. This service is done free at present.
An agreement must be drawn up with the author and publisher before it goes ahead regarding royalties or monies received and how they will be distributed.
- Can you do an ebook cover?
Yes. This is something I am very happy to do and enjoy doing. You can have your input and decide if the finished product pleases you or not.
- How much would this cost?
Usually this is free. This could change in the future.
- What about an ISBN?
I can organize your ISBN. However, ebooks do not require an ISBN at present. All copyright is yours as soon as you put pen to paper.
- If I have an ISBN, who owns it?
Whoever's name is registered with the ISBN, whether it is CreateSpace, Lulu, Smashwords, Aussieoibooks, Your Name. This means that the ISBN is the property of the publisher. Your creation is your property always. You can get your own ISBNs from Thorpe-Bowker for individual titles for around $45 AU.
If you buy in bulk, the price gets lower.
- What about marketing my book?
This is a very important aspect of your book. Advertising can be done free on many of the social medias, such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google, Aussieoibooks.com.au website, etc.
Advertising can also be arranged in local newspapers. It is important that you are pro-active with your own marketing as well. Tell your family, friends, etc. Get interviews with your local press, or social group, church group, etc.
Email advertising is also helpful. You can also do signings at local bookstores, etc.
Online blogs are also a great idea. Also, joining book clubs online is helpful. I recently joined about 4 new ones, so they are popping up every day.
Another way to get noticed is to upload a chapter or so to places like Wattpad, Podiobooks (audio books) where reviewers say if they like your book etc. Fanstory is another place where you can showcase your title to interested readers. The list is growing every minute you might say, so why not climb on board and spend your time browsing sites instead of watching TV?