Producing a Book, with VA Help

1. Producing Your Book Costs Time and Money Writing a 'serious' book takes a really long time. Producing a book takes, in some cases, even longer. In one case, it took 72 hours to proofread, layout, produce, administrate and convert the eBook for a self-published client book. If you want a copy editor to do a 'quick run-through', remember that she or he must take it to a publishable standard. Editing a book properly takes quite some time, but this depends on whether your book needs structural editing help, developmental suggestions (a manuscript review)--or simply a copy edit. It is not just your budget that constrains this editing; it's also the skill level of your editor. So, a 30,000-word non-fiction book may take between 22 hours and 30 hours for me to line edit in one pass. I'm good at spotting things that don't sound right. So, a client-focussed editing project might cost between AU$1,400 and $2,000 for a 30,000-word book, for a rough idea. Overseas editors might charge less, but you might not know if they are up to standard. Producing and Marketing a Book with Virtual AssistanceSelf-publishing processes and book…

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How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Before I get into how to write a book proposal, first a little story. When I started writing a very small book back in 2005, I had zero idea of how to mould a book, let alone how to get a publisher to take it on. I got a rejection letter, tout suite. This ignorance led me to self-publishing on Lulu, mainly in eBook form, which proved too easy.  Enjoying research, I soon wrote another how-to book, Sack Your Financial Planner.  Self-funding, I sold these through a sales page online plus a few sales to interested people. My longwinded point is, there's a possibility your first nonfiction book proposal will get a book deal. That chance is about 1 in 1,000... and sliding. That young man got a deal for Eragon first go, but that was fiction and what a talent! Self-help is such a hunting ground, with fewer sales made traditionally, so most likely as a novice author you have a choice of independent (indie) publishing or hybrid publishing (paying some money towards production and marketing). Read more on the path of hybrid publishing here. There is another path to…

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How Long Should Your Nonfiction Book be?

So, how long should a nonfiction book be? The average nonfiction book in self-help, how-to, or travel runs from 40,000 to 50,000 words.

The memoir genre tends to be from 60,000 to 90,000 words

Historical texts or biographies range from 60,000 to 200,000 words#

As these vary widely – and writing long texts is a LOT of work – make sure you check with either your desired publisher or desired genre on Amazon to find out the appropriate length for your book.  According to Mark Coker of Smashwords, the top 100 bestselling ebooks at Smashwords (sales could be from other sites) averaged 115,000 words. Largely, this means fiction.

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Smashwords eBook Distribution Far and Wide

Smashwords is a free conversion and distribution service for eBooks. Using an aggregator is a time-saving necessity for self-published eBook authors, because who wants to spend all day uploading to ten websites?  Using Smashwords does take some technical know-how and a lot of patience. This post will help you understand the reasons people use Smashwords in the first place. But remember, you have choices: you don't have to use them!  (Draft2Digital is another option). Preformatting your eBook in Word While provided to help, the Smashwords Guide (120 pages) may have you in fits of frowning and moaning... particularly if your book in MS Word has many footnotes, a full Table of Contents, and images. This Guide is not up to date with my version of Word. I found out that it is a bit easier if you don't have Word on Mac, because in Word on PC, you can use the hyperlinking/bookmark tool I believe, while on Mac you have to individually make each chapter bookmark and hyperlink it to its Table of Contents heading. Groan.  I did find a way through the chaos, whereby I get a fairly well-styled Word file and take…

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Create an Author Website… without a Migraine

When you’ve already expended $2-4,000 to edit, produce and promote your book, the realisation that you need an author website to promote it online might bring up these two questions: 1.  Do I create a book website or an author website? 2.  How do I get a good result without busting my bank account? There are a few more things to consider as well, so let’s open this can of worms now.  You need to know how to upload new books, social share, and post articles and media mentions. Naturally the best option to do this is with WordPress, but there is another option below. You’ll need to realise that free isn’t without cost, and the choice of a supported pro theme is a good idea. (This is because a free theme could leave you with a non-working website down the track).   A Long Term Approach to Author Branding Another aspect is, rolling with the times. you brand will grow and change. If you set up a ‘book’ domain and website, unless you have some expert support, you may not have enough time to justify a one-book-one-website approach.…

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