For those of you who have just come across me, I’d like to say that last year I wouldn’t have been able to advise you because I was still making costly mistakes! My intention is to help you avoid this, and to take the confusion out of where to start, who to use and in which order. I have sorted the wheat from the chaff – everything I suggest has been tried and tested by me – and I’m making money – So you’ll now be able to set up your Self Publishing company, without all the push/pull hassle I experienced and get off on the right foot.
Today in our Self Publishing to make money blog – I’m going to talk about two book publishing companies you can put your trust in – Who also offer exceptional value for the service they provide. This is blog three in a series of twelve. I add a new one every week. If you find this one interesting, you can check out the earlier ones here
I know what it’s like – you’ve written a book but don’t know which publisher to choose from the array on offer. It is overwhelming. I chose my first publisher (a costly mistake!) without having done proper research. Before settling on the two publishers I am working with now, I grilled at least ten more before making a decision. They offer different packages. From these you can judge which one might best suits your needs. Should you decide to go with a publisher of your own, you will know what to look for and what to expect.
Publish Nation – They published my last book (Omtopia – The Seven Steps to Enlightenment) a couple of weeks ago. The Kindle version went to number 3 in the spiritual book section on Amazon over the weekend. This was largely due to a marketing campaign they did for me (I’ll tell you more about that later in the series, when we have arrived at the point that we have our hypothetical book on Amazon).
For £125 they print your paperback and ebook. This package includes book cover design, ISBN number, formatting of manuscript and inclusion of a couple of illustrations if you have any. They offer lots of extras like: Book lodged with six National UK libraries £30. Proof reading £90 and, if you wish them to, they can take care of submitting your tax form to the USA £30 (Amazon has just changed their system and even non USA residents have to do this). Basically, Publish Nation can take care of many things and if you speak to David if/when you call, he will help you. In the meantime, you can check out their website to see what you think.
Before we move onto my next publisher, let’s talk about the money you can expect to receive from let’s say a £8.99 book. Unlike my first publisher, neither of these two receive a cut on top of their package fee – Should you decide on Publish Nation, your return on a £8.99 book – from Amazon, after fees and tax would be £1.40. However, because PB work through Lulu (printing company) and some people/bookstores buy directly from them, the amount you would receive would be higher, i.e. £3.99.
Grosvenor House Publishing. (They are publishing my forthcoming children’s book Porridge The Two Faced Parrot). For £799, your package includes. Formatting manuscript, book cover, ISBN number, book lodged in six National libraries, 5 complimentary books, Internet distribution via Amazon for one year, wholesale distribution, online availability for book to be purchased by W H Smith, Tesco, Waterstones etc. If you have written an illustrated children’s book, they charge around £5 for each illustration to go inside your book. GH are very professional and know how to lay out your book so that it looks superb. The reason I chose them for my children’s book is that one of the guys who runs GH is a children’s author and has a high level of expertise. Their price by the way is for paperback only. Should you wish them to publish a Kindle version for you, this costs £195. They also offer extra services, which you can check out at
Let’s get back to talking money shall we, because, dependent on the publisher you choose will dictate how often you will receive some. In GH’s case, because they are in effect selling books on our behalves, you would receive a twice yearly royalty payment from them. In the case of PB, because WE the authors have a direct relationship with Amazon, we are paid by Amazon every month.
Next week, we are going to take an in depth look at websites and how to design one that attracts daily visitors. Again, my first website (www.omzak.co) whilst stunning, cost £2000 and didn’t attract many visitors. This is not the website designer’s fault. The designer takes instructions from us but back then I knew little of what I’ve since learned (and am now in the process of correcting my errors)
My new website (www.jaylengrace.com) cost £250 and has people coming and going all the time. I am going to share the name of the designer with you. He can create interactive websites from £100 – and is definitely someone else you should know about.
To end this blog, I’d like to just remind you that BEFORE you give your book to a publisher, you need an outline of your book, short back cover blurb and 100 word Amazon blurb. All you need to do is write an outline to the best of your ability then send it to Denise Ashurst (I gave you her details last week). Tell her this is what you want her to do and for £25 – £30, she will sort it out beautifully.
Also one correction from last week. The email address of the amazing woman you did the illustrations and book covers for my two children’s book is email@example.com (now corrected in last weeks installment of self publishing).