Just like most things in life today, publishing a book has options. You can self-publish or find a publisher interested in publishing your manuscript. You can do everything in a digital format, you can offer print, or you can do both.
Cost is likely to dictate your options. Digital publishing is going to be the least expensive, and most times it is free. You can go with print on demand, which is when a book is printed after it’s sold. Ordering single books is more costly per item when you go this way but you’re not going to end up with storing a lot of stock.
A writer has a certain amount of time to make the sale. It makes sense for a publisher or distributor to pull non-selling books from the shelf. The author of the books coming down from the shelves wants to rescue them. There’s generally a cost involved to get all of your books in your possession.
Considerations to look at:
- What is your purpose for writing, and who is your market?
- Do you want to spend money? Determine your capacity.
- Spend time researching options. Do your due diligence and be educated about what a type of publishing means. Does it fit your criteria?
- Most importantly – listen to your gut. Your heart and soul is in your book.
10 Day Book Club is a group of editors. Their purpose is to help a writer move their manuscript toward the next level of development. A writer can participate for one day with 10 Day Book Club at no cost. When a writer decides to join for three days there’s a $29 fee, which covers administrative costs. Google 10 Day Book Club for more details, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
– Editing is a fine art. You want to choose someone with skill.
– Relationship is important. You want someone you can relate to.
– Experience with your topic and genre is crucial.
– Someone who knows the current book market makes a difference.
– A good editor is un-biased.
Settling for one, two, or three of the above characteristics is a compromise and it’s just not worth it. Your writing is a valuable piece of you. You’ve spent a lot of time on your project and this translates into an investment.
Good editors also want to know you. It is important for them to see if the relationship will work as well. They also have an investment in time, and it won’t be taken lightly if they are truly looking after your best interest.
Gayle Gross developed 10 Day Book Club, which is a group of editors dedicated to helping a writer move their message forward. Editors choose to give of their time freely in hopes a writer will find value in their relationship.
By Gayle Gross
Many people question the proper form for writing dates. Do you truncate numbers when they are used within a range? Do you spell out numbers under one hundred? The rules below apply to the format and style of numbers as they appear in most manuscripts.
- Truncate numbers in year ranges (e.g., 1977–99).
- Spell out whole numbers one through one hundred.
I do not want to confuse you as I jump from date to date but the numbers show that the other kind of dating often leads to marriage, and then anniversaries tend to follow. Will anyone notice the required hyphens as the years tack on?
- Twenty-fifth anniversary
- Twenty-sixth anniversary
- Twenty-seventh anniversary
It is important to point out that no hyphens are necessary in the “hundreds” place.
- One hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary. (A marriage made in Heaven)
Speaking of hyphen-like symbols. What do you know about the en dash (–), or the em dash (—)? They have different purposes and should be used in different situations. All of these marks run flush to the text on both sides (with no space on either side). The mystery for many is not only determining when to use a hyphen, em dash or en dash but how to actually put them in the body of text using your keyboard. I don’t see an elongated-hyphen anywhere.
- To enter an en dash on a Mac, hold the option key and press the minus key on the number keypad. How do you like those Apples? Microsoft is not in control (hint––hint).
My editor makes truncated decisions. She’s also great with dashes, which keeps my writing in the race. There are a number of editors like her in the world, which is why 10 Day Book Club was developed. My editor went through a hiring process before we ever met. We were teamed because our styles hooked up. We were linked for a 10 Day “editing” Book Club because we were a good fit. 10 Day Book Club builds long-lasting relationships. I expect anniversaries with my editor. Do you date with style? http://10daybookclub.com
10 Day Book Club has editors standing by to help you determine if you’re ready to take the final step toward publishing.
1. Share a section (up to 300 pages) of your manuscript.
2. Receive daily feedback for ten consecutive days.
3. Know your common editing mistakes.
4. Get help with your book’s description.
Visit http://helpwithediting.com to learn more about the program. You can read testimonials and apply for the program. No fee collected until you are matched with your editor.
$148 to $248 for ten days of manuscript development work. Apply today. http://10daybookclub.com