Requirements for Publishing a BookPrerequisites for publishing a book
Self-publishing needs and cost
As a result of the technology development of the last 25 years, it is now much simpler for individual writers to create, compose, produce and advertise their own works (in print and/or electronically ) - in other words, to do without the service of a publishing house at all. In other words, what you see here are different compromises: between your own work and the attitude of another (the theme of my next post), and between making a high-value item and making something that is (and may look) inferior.
Obviously the publishing style (which was mentioned in my earlier article) also has an enormous influence on the workload, the cost and the necessary capabilities. Usually, I have to pay a small fee, but they can also be near to the charges calculated by the authors - pay the press that will be reviewed in my next post. a... That means that the work you end up publishing - whether in print or electronically - is a consistent part of science, tightly typed without typing errors (although in my opinion it is probably not possible to avoid typing errors).
Once you have revised the text to your own liking, it must be checked and sweat in an editor's fire so that what is actually released is to the liking of your reader. You may find it useful to consult a publisher's corporate design; many - like the one for NIAS Press - are available for free on the publisher's website.
This processing itself demands a supernatural distance to your text, which most of us do not have. To replace the content review, you should review the reviews of publishers who have refused your work and get input from peers who are able to comment fairly and without fear (they are often difficult to find).
And as far as proofreading is concerned, try to find your boyfriend or best boyfriend - or even better, one of these particular individuals (often your department clerk or an aunt) with the sinister ability to recognize other people's mistakes in fifty steps; unfortunately, such wizards all too often discover these mistakes only after they are published.
The majority of scientists who use Microsoft Office or any other text processing software think that this is all that is needed for the last page to be printed. Designing (or layout) your text and the composition of the pages is a specialist work that only really works if it is not visible.
Interpreting a textbook with a text processing system is a particularly malicious type of torturing. For example, Wor can be full of functions, but things like subtly adjusting the line and character spaces are beyond its capabilities. Interpreting the textbook itself could be free of charge, but you would be prudent to have the following things:
You must also make sure that all the items in a work are present and properly organised (e.g. the copyrights page is on page iv) and define the likely size of your work ( "to prevent nasty surprises" - see my later contribution for a full description and calculation of the length of the book).
Corruption can occur if a Word document is translated for the font without the type setter taking it over. Recently, for example, I recently convert a Word document to simple text and then put it on a web page that I created. It was only at the last minute that I discovered that all superscript'th' characters (in uses like'19th century', which Word transforms into quotation marks automatically) had disappeared.
One proofreader costs $2-$5 per page. There is no scientific textbook that wants to be taken seriously (and purchased by libraries) that can leave out an index (although it is another question how competitive your index is). A lot of publishing houses don't let their writers get close to the covers, so it' s so important for the business like this.
The printer must also comply with certain technological and regulatory standards (e.g. printer specification and barcode). Trouble is, you can get a front page design guy to do a real work for about $500. But if you want your story to get over its self-published roots in the evil books out there, your sleeve needs to be inspiring.
These are not something you can do yourself; you are going to have to pay someone else to do it. In the past, lithography was a major obstacle to self-publishing, as at least 1,000 prints of a single volume had to be made. It took an enormous amount of money (and a great deal of storage room for the books).
However, today the digitally driven evolution has reduced the numbers to individual print at reasonable price (and quality); self-publication of print is now available for most budget. When using an Internet-based POD such as Lightning Sourcecode, you will be led through the complexity of the print, but must strictly adhere to its spec.
Setup fees can be $75 and then you will have to cover each job, each page and each mailing (for a 300-page volume that costs you about $7 per copy), and often an $10-$20 per year filing fee is made. For example, if you have a problem with image processing (for example, because of the importance of your illustrations) and you have the faith and your money to produce a minimal 400 sheets, you will probably get a better offer, better image processing and a much more personalized approach when using a short-run inkjet press.
Of course, you can prevent the risks (and costs) of a print release by going down the e-route. I would suggest, however, that you still need to set your e-book and, while avoiding handling printer brands, bleeding and all these icky things, instead you need to comply with the demands of e-books (e.g. the introduction of hyperlinks).
Acknowledge that PDF is not the only online gaming application in the city ( "there are over 20 competitive and non-compatible e-book formats") nor is a computer monitor necessarily the only viewing media (the Amazon Kindle and iPhone are two other important targets for e-books). However, if you prefer to have a pro-guided tour through the e-jungle, the trip can costs you tens of hundreds of thousands upon tens of millions of dollars.
Another option to a correct e-book is to post your work on a website (or even as a blogs, wikis or via another Web 2.0 guide like Twitter) yourself. Although possible, the divergences in the shape of a "real book" have become so great that it is becoming more and more difficult to find acceptance for this work.
When you can do all the work yourself and have free internet connection to your institution website, web publication can be almost free. It' not enough to make your own publication, you must also make it available to other people. A lot of textbooks have been published on this topic and this article is already much too long.
In any case, create a leaflet, publish a news item, buy ad spaces and mail reviews to the appropriate magazines and cold-shoot various bookstores - all that publishing houses do. Nothing is simple, and I seriously question that you can allow yourself the service of a journalist.
It' s a traditional big issue to get your copy into the reader's hand and get them to do it. - of booksellers. It is also hard to directly resell to librarians, as they choose to order and buy from a librarian and try to prevent contact with publishing houses.
Today it is possible to buy your books directly through Amazon Marketplace, eBay, Abe Books, etc. or through one of the above named payment press. Amazon, PayPal and the others will bill you for their service, but the commissions are not very high. But such an advance website would not be inexpensive to create; it would also be a little exaggerated for a singular work.
As a ( "self-publisher") that sells to a general readership, be advised that you are required to follow various business rules. While this has been a very long pole to type and yet the above points are not the only ones you need to consider. In addition, the amount of floor area - and the strong wish to offer more books of ours ( "perhaps twenty-fold as much information as here") - has restricted the amount of information presented here.
That is the topic of my next speech. Authorized on Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 6:21 AM and registered under Finance, Publications Procedure, Self-Publishing, Forwarding.