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Tips on Writing a Book

Unsure how to go about writing your book? Here are some tips:

When writing a book, there is no rule of thumb on the number of pages or its chapter length, regardless of genre. However, there are some important things that you need to keep in mind when determining your book’s chapter length and page count.

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Consider the reader’s attention span. There are readers, many of them, who read ‘on the go’ – it could be on their way to work or while having lunch. They are those who enjoy chapters that they can finish within ten or fifteen minutes.

Setting your chapter length may depend on the amount of time it takes to finish reading the material. For example, if it is more than fifteen minutes, you might want to split your chapters into two. This should work well when writing a non-fiction book.

Keep in mind that writing a fiction and non-fiction book is entirely different. Fiction book writing requires the use of shorter chapters, some only a page, if only to immerse the reader into the story. On the other hand, writing a non-fiction book requires a more detailed content, specific to your chapter title or heading.

While it is good to set your chapter pages to twenty, perhaps the most important thing that you need to consider is to incorporate everything relating to a specific topic in a chapter, so as to sum it all up without the shilly-shally. For instance, if you are writing a book about makeup, include all there is you need to write about eye makeup. Tips on applying cheek blush should be in another chapter.

 

CHAPTERS

There is actually no given rule when setting the chapter length of your book. However, for your work to be considered a book instead of a booklet, your word count should be at least 10,000. In addition, you can create two volumes if your book has over 450 pages.

Submission of manuscript is usually done in a word-processing format, so a 300 word count can fit approximately one page of a 12-point font text, standard size, perfect-bound book. However, you cannot be completely certain of the final length of your book until your publisher will have formatted it for printing.

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Children’s Book Publishing: Benefits of Self-Publishing

Benefits of Self-Publishing

Retain Full Rights to Your Book

Your manuscript is your sole possession. By self-publishing your children’s book with us, you retain 100% rights to your work even long after completing publication. You are free to pursue other publishing houses or sell your rights to any entity as these are well within your rights as a self-published author.

Quick Turnaround Times

Traditional publishing revolves around an18-month cycle or even more. Whereas self-publishing your children’s book only takes about two months from the time that you have completely submitted the manuscript and image requirements.

Print As You Please

Print-On-Demand technology relieves the pressure among authors to print large quantities of books that may not work for them yet. You may choose to print as many as 1,500 or as few as one.

Remain In-Print, Forever

Because your book does not need to be physically inside bookstores, and there are no restrictions as to print order volumes, you can ensure your books remains in stock, ready-to-ship and never goes out of print-in perpetuity.

Full Control of the Creative Process

As the main proponent of your own book, you have complete control of your book’s creative direction. Our editors, designers and consultants will only assist you to achieve the results you envision.

Ability to Test Your Market

Self-publishing allows you to test the market and measure how responsive are the niches you intend to tap prior to committing a full-scale investment.

Ability to Zero-In on Specific Niches

Your intended readers may not be as big as those that most publishing houses will comfortably invest on. However, profitability is not entirely about reaching the largest target demographic. Your children’s book may have a latent market waiting for your book and self-publishing can provide you with means to do it.

Leave A Legacy

Some famous children’s books were personal works of fiction intended for sharing with only family and friends, but through their sheer joy and universal affinity, they have been embraced by the rest of the world.

The Publication Process

With so many publishing options out there, it is easy to get lost in the maze of formats, illustration, cover and interior design formats prior in submitting your manuscript. However, not to worry, we have come up with a streamlined publishing process from pre to post publication. Our professional staff will be on hand to assist you with the process every step of the way. The process is outlined as follow:

  • Completing Your Manuscript
  • Choosing Your Package
  • Reviewing Your Electronic Layout
  • Releasing Your Children’s Book to the World!

 

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Publish Your Own Book

With BlogCollector, publishing your own book has never been so easy!

Below illustrates the steps in the whole process:

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  1. Write the book in your blog
    Any blog will do: MSN Spaces, Blogger/Blogspot.
  2. Use BlogCollector to prepare your manuscript into PDF
    Let BlogCollector do the hardwork! Download it now.
  3. Buy an ISBN number for your book
    You can buy it from www.isbn.org at very affordable price (around USD 20).
  4. Send your PDF to a print-on-demand shop
    Such shops include Xlibris, iUniverse, and AuthorHouse.
 

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How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish a Book?

How much does it cost to self-publish a book

The way I see it self-publishing a book is much like planning and launching a business. It is very easy to spend way more than you set out to. A good self-publishing plan can help you keep your spending in check and keep your priorities where they should be. Here is a breakdown of some of the costs you can expect when self-publishing:

Beta Readers: Free – $200. You will need some willing participants besides your friends and family who will give you their honest opinion before you start the process of turning manuscript into book.

Cover Design: $200 – $1000. Unless you have graphic design experience, I wouldn’t attempt this as a DIY. I pass up so many self-pub’d books due to poor cover design.

*Proof Reader and Editor: $500 – $3000. This is a critical step! There is nothing worse than a poorly edited book. Save lots of $$ here if you happen to have a close relationship with someone who is an editor or an editor that is willing to barter with you.

ISBN: Free – $250. ISBNs are free in Canada, but must be purchased in the US. The cost is $125 for 1 ISBN or $250 for 10. You will most likely need an ISBN for your ebook and a separate one for your paper copy (Kindle books do not use ISBNs). If you are planning on releasing multiple versions or titles 10 is the way to go. Most self-publishing companies also offer a free ISBN, but they will be listed as your publisher. With your own ISBN you can choose your own publishing company name.

Book Layout and Formatting: $150 – $350. Depending on the shape of your manuscript, the intricacies of Self publish infoyour design ideas and how many changes you need to make after submitting to the designer.

Author Photo: $200 – $700. If you know someone who is a photographer, great, save some money here! While a professional author photo is not required to publish a book it sure makes the back cover  look great and you will need one for putting together your media kit for marketing the book down the road.

Book Listing: $25 – $300. Depending on your self-pub service they may charge a fee for your book to be made available for book sellers and online retailers.

Ebook Conversion: Free – $200. With some dedication and technical knowledge you can do this one yourself in Microsoft word. Otherwise choose a service provider that can format your ebook for you.

Book Printing: You don’t actually have to order your own books beyond your review copy but I highly recommend having some to send to reviewers and media. It’s also a good idea to include book parties in your marketing plan, and you should definitely have books on hand to sell for those. These costs vary greatly but as a basic idea you can view how Createspace determines cost per copy. You can also view aCreatespace royalty calculator.

Proof Copy: $20 – $50.  Once all your files are submitted you will want a copy to go over to double and triple check for errors. You may want extra copies to enlist other to put their eyes on it to see things you may have missed.

Book Marketing and PR: $50-$20000. There are a vast amount of things you can spend money on when marketing your book. A few examples: review copies $5-$10, author website and hosting $60 – $600,  book Trailer Free – $800, materials like bookmarks, postcards etc. $50+, advertisements $20+, online marketing plan $200+. A great way to keep these costs down and give your book a great head start is to start building up social media followers at least a year in advance and work on it daily, with a goal of a minimum a few thousand followers.

These are some costs that should be considered but every book is different and so will each self-publishing experience.  I would recommend getting quotes from all your providers before starting out on your project.

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Self Publishing 2013

President of Outskirts Press

Every January we update our “About Us” information with milestones we reached in the previous year and an update to our “Total Titles Published” chart.  Now that 2012 has come to a close and 2013 is underway, here’s our updated information about Outskirts Press:

Over ten years ago, Outskirts Press was founded as a better way for authors to write, publish, and market their books. Outskirts Press incorporated in Colorado in 2003, and through strategic partnerships, exemplary customer service, and unmatched quality, Outskirts Press quickly became the fastest-growing full-service book publishing and book marketing firm.

The years between 2004 and 2006 marked a growth rate in excess of 1,500%, an accomplishment that was recognized in July 2007 by The Denver Business Journal when Outskirts Press was honored to be the 3rd fastest-growing privately held company (in any industry) in Colorado.  By the end of 2006, Outskirts Press already had nearly…

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