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Publishing your own non-fiction book
You have an notion in mind and want to compose a non-fiction text. Whilst other leaders like these have penned, those I have found concentrate on the fictional, which is a different kind of thing from non-fiction like my own work. I will pass on what I learnt from my first volume, Breakout, in this guide:
Writer, editor, entrepreneur - How to make a good publication, with a focus on non-fiction and the state of self-publishing today - something that has progressed significantly in the five years since this volume was made. For more information, I suggest you order a copy of Kawasaki's work and read this manual. I assume that you have the letter of the volume under control and that you are discussing how you should approach it as a self-publisher.
I used Scrivener, Microsoft Word, Amazon's CreateSpace Services (for printing) and Kindle Direct Publishing (for the Kindle version) for my work. If you have already chosen to post yourself, it will be very helpful to put together a suggestion as if you were submitting it to an editor or editor.
This means that you look at the competition environment, summarise your books, find out the most important points, which makes you want to make your books special, and the possible destination cost, the format(s) and the volume of the public. This will also help you to get a general overview of the work.
It' not that this is a zero-sum quiz, since folks who are interested in one topic often buy and buy several titles, but if you look at the competitors, you can see how others are designing, interpreting, researching and so on. It will give you useful hints on how to create your own textbook and what you want to decide - which can be different from similar textbooks, but at least you make sound decision making.
At first I used Scrivener to write the script and then translated it into a two-line Microsoft Word spreadsheet (which made it much simpler to track back and forth changes to my editor). You can get a Scrivener Binder-like look in Word, although it requires some foot work and still puts everything in the same folder that can become unmanageable as your books grow.
Editors must also see the captioning, not only on a caption page, but also in the books (to ensure that the right caption is on the right photos). I used Amazon's CreateSpace for my work. So I ran the numbers on CreateSpace, BookBaby and Lulu and found CreateSpace to make the greatest boom for what I wanted to do.
CreatingSpace does not make hardcover, but offers a high end of the range solution along with advanced editorial, artwork designing and lay-out support when you need it (and you do if you don't already have it in a row). You can order as few or as many as you like with CreatingSpace without penalising the per volume fee, which is a great function.
I used a rather conventional 6 x 9-inch pocket guide, creme coloured papers and a shiny binding for my 292-page volume; matt bindings are usually more favourite with literature, but there are no quick and tough snippets. CreatingSpace lets you use a free number, but then the print will always say that the publisher's name is in Amazon.
No ISBN numbers are required for accounts. Use CreateSpace to sell single ISBNs for $99 each, or you can go to a website like Bowker and buy a 10 for $295 bundle - which makes perfect business if you want to add your work to Google Play, Apple iBooks and other service or add more work.
CreatingSpace provides coverage designs as a part of its services, and firms like Canva provide a free tools. CreatingSpace also provides a covers templating builer depending on the sizes and specifications of your text. One thing I did notice and went back and forth with CreatingSpace is whether the back of the artwork is right on the back, or whether it's slightly turned off (in other words, it's slightly bruising on the front or back cover).
On CreateSpace e-mails, the firm verified that they allow a deviation of up to 1/8 inches, and mine showed about 1/16 inches - although many pieces I've ordered in large quantities since then were all quite accurately on their destination. In principle, you should not be worried; it is likely that some of your shelves already have a small piece of blood of minor variations in production, and it is only apparent if your back colour is very different than the front and back (as with my book).
In order to conserve costs, I did the finishing work myself. You will want to use the CreateSpace style sheets as a lookup, because the page borders on even and uneven pages in the eBook are changing. CreatingSpace also provides font-display and in-house page lay-out designs; I used one of these typefaces, which was very similar to the costly commercially available typefaces I saw in the CreateSpace sample designs.
You can also engage someone for the design; CreateSpace also provides this for you. At a more elementary layer, Microsoft Word allows you to include notes, page numbers, the name of your text (on top of even pages) and your author's name (on top of uneven pages), which works well in literature.
It is also possible to omit the headings of the first page of a section and to add the section name to every uneven page head. When I was writing the volume, I created a simple index. However, as you approach the end, to publish Kindle, you will need a directory linked to any section that Microsoft Word can help you with.
You can also make sure that a paper copy of a textbook needs one. At the time I was so jittery because I had worked so much on the printing layouts that I didn't want to mess up a known good one. You also need an index for non-fiction.
I have a few non-fiction without one and it doesn't look so businesslike. MorphoSys has a fairly thorough scripting utility that you can use to walk through your text file and log the entities of each one. This means you'll also want to work on the index by hand - and with caution - to frequently look up words and topics for your text, as well as to cut down odd-looking items and say groups of page numbers (like 33-37 instead of 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37).
At this point the processing, the artwork and the interiors should be finished. It is now the right moment to get your definitive script ready for publication. I would now stay away from CreateSpace's bid to receive and translate Word and Word documents; for me, Word and Word documents worked well until I realised that CreateSpace could no longer deal with the conversion of hyphenation.
To put it briefly: use a robust, free creation application like the one included in Windows 10 or Mac OS, create a free creation that you can display on your page first (in the correct size, e.g. 6x9), and then load it onto CreateSpace. Ensure that you test and re-test both on the monitor, on a (virtual) colour tray and on a (virtual) monochrome Kindle with CreateSpace's Layouts Viewer.
When everything is in order, you can make a dozen changes, although it takes a lot of your own effort to reload each and every page when you are willing to order your first hard copyof. and you' re done and you can go ahead and get your story published. Promotional stagings and the creation of a promotional travel go beyond the topic of this paper - just keep in mind that when using CreateSpace and Amazon you cannot pre-order your own hardcover work.
Amazing-responding another one I had-Amazon says the product is in stock and even prompt for shipment on the same time. This is a serious print-on-demand rate, especially when you consider that the paperbacks of the publishers in my bookcase cannot be distinguished from the big one. They can keep a record of your sale in CreateSpace and KDP, but it's a little irritating; they are on different machines, although they both come from Amazon.
Use CreateSpace and KDP to make your eBook available in other jurisdictions and analyze license fees accordingly. While CreateSpace has a certain delay (up to one or two days) in printing purchases, KDP immediately notifies, CreateSpace keeps a current sum of purchases per calendar year but KDP does not; you must record each day's purchases on the line chart on the fly.
However, you get a line chart every day that you don't get with CreateSpace.