Book Writing and Publishing Resources
Self Publishing / Printing
For printing, you’ll need to decide whether you are doing offset printing or Print on Demand (POD). With print on demand your cash outlay is much less, since you generally do not need to order a minimum number of books, but the quality is not quite as good (though getting better all the time).
Lightning Source is probably the least expensive and highest quality POD (many other PD and traditional publishers use them for printing), but Amazon makes it so that there is often a delay in availability (ships in 2-3 weeks) which can hurt your sales.
CreateSpace is Amazon’s self-publishing arm so there is no delay. Some other self publishing companies do not show a delay, such as Balboa Press (Hay House self-publishing). My advice is to consider several options, go to their website to see what books they’ve printed and look their books up on Amazon to see if there is a delay to order. Don’t just look up the books they feature on their home page, but other books in the company’s catalog as well.
See below for self publishing consultants / book shepherds to take you through the self publishing process, once your book is written.
As a book proposal coach, I can help you write a compelling book proposal to attract top agents and publishers. You may need to grow your author platform, in which case I recommend some of the publicity and digital media services below. You can also schedule a author platform building consultation with me to develop your strategy and explore which options will be most effective and work best for your strengths, interests and budget.
Dorothy (Dot) Campbell: 781-784-7139. Dot has done a great deal of proofreading for me and she’s top notch. Her prices are also excellent.
E-book creation, distribution and cover.
I Michael Grossman’s eBook Bakery will turn your manuscript into an eBook, then distribute it for sale by major retailers including Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and others. Very reasonable pricing. Additional services include cover design, web sites, print layout and book trailers. 401-487-3818
Ask me for specific people based on genre.
Layout/design and Book Covers
Marisa Jackson: A wide variety of eye catching and professional looking covers. Marisa works with traditional publishers and self-published authors.
Dave Aldrich Design
Designed the cover of The Shack and many good covers you can find on his website. Competitive prices for high quality, very professional design. Starts at $850 for front/back cover, including images for web. 401 323 7989
Lanphear Design: Beautiful, eye catching covers. Starts at $1,000. Layouts are also eye catching and well done.
Foster Covers: Very professional look. High end and high pricing.
Marianna Zotos I admired her layout and cover for Bryna Rene’s book–great for a book that can use a very inviting layout (vs. something more standard).
PR Leads: If you’d like a low cost option ($99/month) that provides high quality leads (queries from journalists and media producers), focuses on leads just in your expertise area and provides training, sign up for PR Leads.
My colleague Eli Davidson also helps people to “Be Famous Now” and do your own PR.
Many people wast money on PR that doesn’t pan out, so ask for referrals and do your due diligence. Below are some PR companies my clients and colleagues have used that are high quality and high integrity:
Shelton Interactive Provides website design and digital media campaigns for authors. They designed my website. They have supported many books that have become true bestsellers–from The New York Times to USA Today.
Melissa Sones Consulting: Melissa has done great work for me and I’ve been thrilled with both her PR and mentoring.
Mouth Public Relations: Several of my clients have gotten great national publicity working with Mouth PR and I’ve been impressed with their work.
Cave Henricks: Highly recommended by my colleague Rusty Shelton and their bestseller client list is clearly impressive.
Self Publishing Consultants and Book Shepherds
These folks can take your written book and help you through the entire self publishing process–from choosing a cover design, layout designer and publisher to helping you choose paper stock and print dimensions. If you don’t want to teach yourself all the details of self-publishing, their services can both save you time and help you publish a professional looking book that brands you and your message and saves you from mistakes of novices.
John Reizer will do it all for you–book cover, layout, website, press release (and put it on search engines) and get your book printed and in e-book formats as well. His prices are reasonable and he does a very professional job.
Shel Horowitz: I met Shel at Book Expo America and was impressed by his own publishing history (5 of his 8 books have won awards, sold rights to foreign publishers, and/or made at least one Amazon category bestseller list and he has helped many writers through the self publishing process, resulting in several award winners).
Martha Rhodes: A former advertising executive turned author, she has advised several of my clients on self-publishing decisions while going through the process herself.
Maestroconference: I use Maestro because you can create highly interactive teleseminars that create a very experiential call–and people get so much more out of it. You can teach to the large group, then offer an exercise while placing people in private pairs or groups where they discuss the exercise. Then you can bring everyone back to the big group–so much like a live class. In addition, I can take polls to get a sense of where people are challenged, need the most help, or want to focus.
Maestro is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful tools for teaching large groups virtually.
AudioAcrobat: to record conference calls, teleseminars (can turn these recordings into a product, too!), coaching sessions (some clients love that): $99 every 6 months. Even though Maestro records calls, I often use audioacrobat to record individual sessions or material for my audio recordings that accompany my self study programs
www.Freeconference.com can do teleseminars for up to 100 people, no charge and use audioacrobat to record. Occasionally get a noisy line and doesn’t work right but mostly good. Great place to start on a low budget for your first couple teleseminars.
Constant Contact: I use this for my newsletters. Isn’t completely integrated with 1SC but you can decide which you will use for newsletters and import from one to the other, removing duplicates automatically.
Digital Media and Website Design
Shelton Interactive Provides website design and digital media campaigns for authors. They designed my website. Have supported many books that have become bestsellers.
Boomtown Internet Group specializes in Creative Web design, Custom Web development, Open source customization, PHP Development, Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization & Social Media Optimization, Email Marketing and Affiliate Marketing etc. They coded and maintain my site.
Video Production / Editing
Local to Rhode Island. Have done a great job shooting and edited several of my videos including speaking video.
Editing for professional videos. Produced my home page video.
Branding, Logos, etc.
Mike Monahan Design The cutting edge of graphic design in the Providence area. Mike Monahan designs our fliers, powerpoint presentations and advertisements. We couldn’t be happier and heartily endorse Mike’s work!
Karen Taverner of ESP Designs did the artwork for all our products. She charged 1/3 of the other companies and actually added more designs for that price. She’s also great to work with–we were thrilled.
Rachel Dunham has done design and logo for several of my clients, including Linda Joy and Amy Beth O’Brien. Has great style. 508-386-2400.
Communications, Products, Printing
Vervante: have not used them but Lisa Sasevich does and my VA Geri has used them—good on pricing and quality. Does fulfillment, design, CDs, DVDs, course materials, etc. Great for CD covers, etc.
Donna Mac Voiceovers, Audio Production, Audience Coach
Donna Mac can help you conceptualize, produce, and deliver audio messages to your audience that are concise and powerful. She can be the voice of your company, or help you find new power in your own voice. Professional services include voiceovers, complete, state-of-the-art audio studio services, and audience coaching – helping you speak in a way that will move and motivate your target audience.
International Women’s Writing Guild
A network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing, this organization offers many resources and excellent workshops/conferences, including a twice yearly “Meet the Agents” forum where you can meet agents and pitch your book to them.
Disclosure: I am an affiliate for some of these companies in which case I receive a commission when you use the link I provided. For others, I do not receive commission. In all cases, I am referring those companies and individuals who I deem offer the highest value services and either I use them or my clients or mentors have.