There are many ways these days to publish a book, and some of them can be quite expensive, so knowing how to save on publishing costs is useful if you’re self-publishing or hybrid-publishing.
My publishing company, AIA Publishing (AIAP), is a hybrid publisher. Hybrid publishers don’t all charge the same way, but if you’re paying someone by the hour as authors do with AIAP, then you can save significant amounts by doing some simple things yourself.
The publishing process – briefly
The order may vary, and some things happen at the same time.
- Addition of front and back matter (provided by author),
- Creation of back cover description (provided by author, edited by publisher),
- Finding a reviewer to give an endorsement for the back cover (author),
- Ebook cover creation
- ISBN set up,
- Formatting for paperback,
- Formatting of ebook,
- Paperback cover creation,
- File creation,
- Title set up and file upload,
- Check finished paperback and ebook,
- Book available for pre-order,
- Publication date.
How to save on publishing costs
Writing and editing
Editors quote based on how much time it takes for them to edit your book, so the better your writing and the more professional your formatting, the less you’ll pay for editing.
If the editor or publisher has to teach you how to do these things, you’ll be paying for their time.
- Format your manuscript correctly for editing using a 12 point serif font like Times New Roman, double spaced and not justified;
- Learn how to use bookmarks and comments in Word;
- Learn how to use Track Changes;
- Study writing craft, not only the broad sweep of plot, character, pacing and so on, but also how to write good prose. If you writing is good enough to not need a line edit, you’ll save yourself USD $1,000 or more.
- Learn grammar, punctuation and spelling and make sure that your submitted manuscript is as error free as possible;
These points refer specifically to authors publishing with AIAP, but the pointers on communication will make for a professional relationship with any publisher or editor.
If AIA Publishing offers to publish your book, you pay for costs and an hourly rate for the work of publishing. The time it takes to communicate with you is included in these publishing activities, so the briefer and clearer your communication, the less time it will take the publisher to respond and the cheaper your costs will be.
- Read the Submission and FAQ pages on the website, the Information for AIAP Authors document you’ll be sent, and your publishing agreement thoroughly.
- Refer back to those documents when you have a question. If you can find the answer in those documents, you’ll save an email, and therefore save money;
- Do not try to communicate with your publisher or editor via social media. Keep it to emails;
- Be clear and concise in your emails, and write as few emails as possible;
- Keep your emails in one thread. Use the reply function unless you’re starting a new topic;
- Put your front and back matter into the manuscript yourself rather than sending it to the publisher for them to do;
- Make sure that you are happy with the manuscript when you’re asked to check it after formatting and proofreading. Changes made after that will require work to be repeated;
- If you have any special requests or specific ideas for how you want your book formatted, let the publisher know as soon as you’re offered publication;
- Make a note of your publication date and deadlines so you can refer to them when required, and provide all requested material on time.
These are all fairly simple things, but they can save a lot of time and therefore money.
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