mAtErIaL – find somebody who is better than you and ask them to help you EdIt your work – this bit of the creative process takes three times longer than you first thought
mOtIvAtIoN – after my mum had been diagnosed with cancer I was in a writing workshop when the author said “just do it” -
mOnEy – treat it like a BuSiNeSs – I started with £500 in the pot which I am prepared to lose – I have 100 copies of my booklet A bit under the weather ... verse to sell. The local printers were not the cheapest option but they were flexible and tried hard to accommodate me. To apply for your own ISBN search for Nielsen on the internet. Some printers will supply an ISBN for a fee. You don’t have to have an ISBN on your book. A bArCoDe is another option that your printer can give you advice on. You may want to set up a WeBsItE to showcase your work or a bLoG. Paypal is one way of taking payment for orders. Promoting and selling my booklet will be the next bit of the adventure ...
Poetry/verse is not mainstream when it comes to publishing. Have a look at getting your poetry published at www.poetrybooks.co.uk. You may be one of the super gifted, hard working, few who get on board with one of the publishers of poetry pAmPhLeTs. For the rest of us there is always the option of self-
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A friend of mine, Robert Merry, has self-
You’ve done the hard work and written that novel. It’s finished and now you’d like more people to read it. In an ideal world, you find an agent, who finds a publisher, and all your worries are over. For most of us, it doesn’t work like that, though. What are the alternatives?
You could try “vanity” publishing, where you pay to have the book printed, before trying to sell it to all and sundry. But nowadays there is an alternative – self-
Now, there is also a way to get your book into print as a paperback, again through a subsidiary of Amazon called CreateSpace. Once again you need to upload your book in a format that they can use, but you also now need a more complete cover design, as this will be printed. You will need a front cover, a spine, and a back cover. There is a “wizard” on the CreateSpace site to guide you through the process. Once again, you do not need to spend any money up front. Each copy ordered will be printed individually and CreateSpace will take their costs from the sale price of the book. They tell you what their costs are before you set the price, so you can ensure that you have a reasonable margin of royalties.