Steps to Self-Publishing

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Book PublishingMany first time authors are opting for self-publishing these days, given its easy approach and quick process. While traditional publishers take 6 months, only to respond to your query, with self-publishing you have a book ready to go, in six months. But very few first time authors are aware of the entire self-publishing process. Here, we have listed a step-by-step publishing process, to make it easy for all fist time authors. 

1. Editing

All writers who want their manuscripts to take a professional shape and are writing to sell will use professional editing services. Editing can be of many types: structural editing, copy editing, and proofreading.  Professional editors will check your manuscript for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax errors and will make it error-free. In addition, we will also check for logic, flow, and cross-references and look for style considerations. They can also advise on legal issues that might arise after publishing. Editors will look at your manuscript from a neutral point of view, even if you have extensively self-edited the manuscript.

Read more about our editorial services here. 

2. Permissions

Authors need to ethically and legally acknowledge materials quoted from other sources. The ‘Fair Dealing’ section of the Australian Copyright Act allows for small passages to be reproduced without the permission of the Copyright Holder, but you need to seek permission for reproducing long passages. This may involve payment of a fee.

Click here to go to the Australian Copyright Council.

3. Copyright

Original work is automatically protected by copyright under Australian law. There is no formal process to register the copyright in Australia or in most other countries (the U.S. is an exception). The imprint page should include the copyright symbol with the name of the copyright holders (author/s, illustrator/s) and the year of publication. You may also wish to insert a paragraph reserving all reproduction rights.

4. ISBN & Barcode

The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books and book-like products published internationally. Each number identifies a unique edition of a publication, from one specific publisher, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors. You need to have to separate ISBNs for print editions and eBooks.

If your book is exclusively published as an eBook, you do not require a barcode, but if you plan to publish it as a print book, a barcode is necessary. Both, ISBN and Barcode can be acquired from the same agency.

Click here to go to the Australian ISBN Agency.

5. Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP)

This is the cataloguing information about your book provided free by the National Library of Australia. Though not compulsory, it does help your book appear more promptly in national databases.

Click here to go to CiP Australia.

6. Design and Layout

For your book to be successful, it is important that the cover is visually attractive and is in line with the theme of your book. The layout should be such that it facilitates easy reading. Contact Edit-A-Word today to know more about the ways we can help you achieve this.

7. Printing/Distribution/Marketing

In self-publishing, printing is the biggest expense for any author, and given this issues, many self-publishing companies now provide the option of Publishing-on-Demand (POD). This means that while you order a very small amount of the initial print runs (number of copies printed), the publisher will then publish the book, based on its demand. That out of the way, many self-publishing companies also provide distribution and marketing services, with additional cost involved.

To get know how Edit-A-Word can help you in the entire process, contact us today.

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