What do I need to know before I pursue self-publishing with Publishing Spot?
Self-publishing is much faster than working with a traditional publisher, which often takes a year or longer. If you follow Publishing Spot guidelines and submit in one of our preferred formats, you can essentially print your own book and have it be available for worldwide distribution within four months of the date we receive the manuscript.
You don’t need to know a lot about computers or the Internet to self-publish with us. Because Publishing Spot has a robust technological infrastructure, we are able to help authors with all aspects of self-publishing a book. We will take care of all the technical aspects, while you concentrate on doing what you do best—writing! Of course, if you do have computer-related questions, our support staff is on hand to provide any answers you may need.
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You’ll begin the self-publishing process with an in-depth conversation with a publishing consultant to discuss your project, and then choose the services that align with your goals. From copy editing to promotional press releases, you have the flexibility to create a custom project plan for the submission, production, and promotion of your book.
You can submit your completed manuscript to us as an electronic format. Our preferred file formats are Word or Adobe InDesign. Submitting your manuscript in electronic form gives you, the author, more direct control of appearance and content. To ensure that your manuscript is ready for publishing, please review your writing carefully and complete all final revisions before submission. Although you’ll be able to review an interior and cover of your book and make revisions before it is printed, you’ll have the first copy of your book quicker if final editing is done before the publishing process.
Our book publishing company also provides indexing and copy editing services. If your book contains an index, simply send us a list of words you wish to include, and we will auto-create the index for you (there is an additional fee for this service). We cannot enter indexes by hand. You can also choose to use our copy editing services. When you do self-publishing, we recommend having your book edited to avoid embarrassing errors and typos. Our copy editors will not edit your manuscript for content or style changes. You, as the author, have control over how to publish your novel, as well as the exact content of your book.
Do I need a literary agent to self-publish a book?
Many publishers will suggest that the author hire a literary agent before publishing a book. Often called publishing agents or book agents, literary agents will simply submit your manuscript to multiple publishers in hopes that one will take notice, buy your manuscript, and begin publishing your book. Many literary agents work on a retainer or a fee-based arrangement with no guarantees of success for your project. In other words, hiring a literary agent won’t be a guarantee that your manuscript will be picked up by traditional publishers. Some unscrupulous book-publishing agents may even charge reading fees. In fact, 98 percent of all unsolicited manuscripts submitted to traditional publishers are rejected. Here are a few things to consider before deciding to work with a book agent:
- Literary agents can be expensive.
- Literary agents can’t guarantee your book will be published.
- There are no licensing requirements to become a literary agent.
- Unscrupulous publishing agents may charge read fees.
Publishing Spot is here to help you avoid all the pitfalls and headaches that are commonly associated when working with a book agent. At Publishing Spot, you can bypass literary agents. You’ll have an in-depth conversation with a publishing consultant to discuss your project goals and then choose the services that align with those goals. From copy editing to promotional press releases, you have the flexibility to create a custom project plan for the submission, production, and promotion of your book. You ultimately have the final say on how your book should be done.
If you have been considering hiring a literary agent or contacting various literary agents and want to learn more about self-publishing your book, you owe it to yourself to contact Publishing Spot.