Publishing Procedure

Highlighting the differences between
conventional publishing and self-publishing

Conventional Publishing

With conventional publishing, the usual (simplified) order of events is as follows:

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

The typescript can go back and forth between author and editor several times.

By adapting the above, I offer editing and proofreading at the relevant stages. For a brief explanation of each, click on the links:

Structural editing

Copy-editing

Proofreading

 

Self-Publishing

Once your typescript has been fully edited and updated, the next step is to format it (the equivalent of typesetting). This may not be carried out in the same way as with conventional publishing, but your document must be formatted to a specific layout. The formatted typescript is then proofread.

If you wish to self-publish a printed book and an e-book, this will involve two separate formatting processes.

The final stages of self-publishing involve uploading the formatted source file and book cover, setting a price (and for an e-book, royalties), and choosing distribution options.

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); Smashwords (for e-books).

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