Publishing Process

With comparisons between traditional publishing and self-publishing

Traditional Publishing

The usual (very simplified) order of events is as follows:

1. Author sends typescript to publisher.
2. Typescript undergoes a structural edit.
3. Typescript is checked by copy-editor.
4. Typesetter produces proofs.
5. Proofreader and author read proofs.
6. Typesetter makes corrections.
7. The book is printed and published.

A typescript can go back and forth between author and editor several times. The whole process can take up to a year. Also, within the above is the design of the book cover.

By adapting the traditional method, I offer editing and proofreading at the relevant stages.


Once a typescript has been fully edited and updated, the next step is to format it (typesetting). This may not be carried out in the same way as with traditional publishing, but the document must be formatted to a specific layout. The typeset document should then be proofread before being uploaded to the self-publishing provider.

There are several popular self-publishing platforms available on the Internet: Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for e-books, and CreateSpace for printed books; Lulu (for printed books and e-books), and Smashwords (for e-books).

Many independent publishers have sprung up online, offering a partial or complete publishing package. IngramSparks is one such company. The Book Guild is another, but these can be expensive.

To follow the lifecycle of your typescript to self-publication click here.
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