For authors who plan to self-publish once, or rarely, assisted self-publishing can help
Many self-publishing authors are publishing titles on a very regular basis.
So learning all the skills necessary to do so is time very well spent. For these authors, taking the time to learn makes self-publishing very economical.
However, for authors who wish to self-publish only one ebook, assisted self-publishing can avoid learning how to do everything that is needed, which takes a very long time.
Even if you do go to all the trouble of learning everything that is necessary, it may all be forgotten by the time they get to publishing another ebook.
From the basics of learning how to use Word Styles, how to create first line indents, how to find and delete blank lines and how to create a linked table of contents all takes time to learn.
Then there are tasks such as adding copyright notices, disclaimers, licence notes, creating backups, file converting and creating and saving multiple versions to suit the specifications of different publishing platforms.
Then there are the tasks associated with publishing.
Researching categories and keywords, writing a book description with appropriate content for SEO or site search, deciding on a sub-title, deciding on an appropriate selling price, as well as making the decision to either publish exclusively or to use open publishing.
For authors new to self-publishing, learning how to do all these tasks is a daunting prospect. This is when it is worthwhile to consider using assisted self-publishing.
What does assisted self-publishing mean?
Assisted self-publishing is not at all like signing with a publisher or agent.
With assisted self-publishing, an author retains all their book rights and book royalties.
It is a one-time fee-based service, where the author pays a modest amount to have a book or ebook published, with no ongoing contractual arrangement.
Unlike a contract with a publisher, which will almost certainly demand book rights and a share of royalties for years, assisted self-publishing is a no strings attached service.
With a traditional publisher contract, an author may hope for extra help with book marketing. But in recent years, publishers are more likely to leave this to the author, as marketing budgets have shrunk.
The best recommendations for assisted self-publishing are companies such as Blurb, Lulu and BookBaby.
The choice is up to each author.
Self-publishing has given authors a lot of choices.
From dedicated self-publishing authorpreneurs and writers taking the opportunity to publish one or two books, there is hybrid publishing, vanity publishing, and of course, there is still traditional publishing.
Each author will make their own choice. But for those who want to get an ebook published with a minimum of fuss, and don’t want to spend days, weeks or months learning how to do everything, there is assisted self-publishing.
But beware and make sure you choose a publisher you can trust.
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