Notes from An Alien

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How I published my book for next to nothing and what you can spend money on, if you want.


There are scads of “expert” estimates out there for how much an author must spend to self-publish.

I spent $300

I did my own cover art (check it out) and found a woman with her Masters in English to edit.

Folks say the book turned out very well and it only had 12 typos—soon to spend $300 more to correct those and make a few adjustments to the text.

So, $600—print and e-book editions—distributed to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and Ingram. And, all the royalties are paid in one quarterly check.

Many folks spend lots more and I’m not going to say they shouldn’t.

In fact, you can work with my publishing-aid company, FastPencil, and spend lots more than I did

Notice the Free options in Distribution & Marketing.
~~~ what follows is from FastPencil’s site:

Production
Project Setup     Send us your manuscript in digital format (MS Word, etc.) and we will import it into FastPencil, setup the book project and get all the chapters and sections organized for you. This is a great way to jumpstart your book project and get closer to publishing.
$299     Up to 100,000 words
Up to 20 images

Manual Price Change     If you published your Book or eBook into wide distribution and would now like to change the price, you can now do that without having to republish. Just purchase this manual price change service and let us know what you want the new price to be.
$149     One-time price change

Custom Cover Spread Override     If you want to use your own custom cover spread, including spine design, you must purchase a cover override. This allows us to override the system and upload your own cover spread. Use this service when you have your own ISBN and barcode, or if you want total control over your book cover spread.     $199     One-time upload of final cover spread

Cover Design
Basic Design — one image, one color, standard fonts. Includes title, sub-title, author name on the front cover. ISBN and barcode placement, author image and description on the back cover. You may provide front cover image, author image and ideas. Up to two revisions if necessary. *Cost of photos and stock imagery is extra.
$599
Sr. Designer, 2 initial versions, 2 rounds of revisions, front cover jpeg, back cover jpeg, Email support

Premium Design — multiple images, colors and fonts. Includes title, sub-title, author name on the front cover. ISBN and barcode placement, author image and description on the back cover. You may provide front cover image, author image and ideas. Up to two revisions if necessary. *Cost of photos and stock imagery is extra.
$999

Cover Design Specialist, Phone Support, 3 initial versions, 3 rounds of revisions, front cover jpeg, back cover jpeg, Email support
Illustration — Black & White
Clean B&W     Evocative line art to enhance, magnify, and support your text. Takes 6 to 12 weeks.
$139     Single
$749     Package of 6
$1,149     Package of 10

Fine B&W     Line art with shadows, more detailed backgrounds, and more complexity.
$159     Single Illustration
$829     Package of 6
$1,429     Package of 10

Illustration — Custom Color
Clean Color     Full color art to add interest and excitement to your book. Takes 6 to 12 weeks.
$179     Single Illustration
$899     Package of 6
$1,589     Package of 10

Fine Color     Adds more shadows, highlights, detailed backgrounds, and visual complexity.
$209     Single Illustration
$1,099     Package of 6
$1,829     Package of 10

Meticulous Color     Adds more nuanced color, full textures, dimensionality, and visual richness.
$239     Single Illustration
$1,499     Package of 6
$2,429     Package of 10

Editing and Formatting
Editing
If you’re using the color layout tool, please email us for a custom quote.

Edit Review     A professional copy editor reviews your book to give you invaluable advice. Edit review provides summary feedback on the work as a whole. It does not include detailed spelling/grammar edits.
$299     Flat

Line Editing     Thorough examination of your manuscript for errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The editor will also review syntax and word choice and provide suggestions for improving the overall readability of the work.
$0.039     Per Word, 2-3 week time frame

Advanced Editorial     Advanced Editing – Tailored review of story ideas, plot development, suggestions for improvement of the work as a whole. This also includes line editing of your work.
$0.076     Per Word, 8-10 weeks

Formatting
Premium Formatting     Correction of errors and inconsistencies in spacing, indents, fonts, headers, footers, numbering, table of contents, and content ordering. Placement of a maximum of ten author-supplied images. Up to 50,000 words.
$399     Formatting does not correct typos, misspellings, incorrect wording, incorrect punctuation, or other editorial issues.

Distribution & Marketing
Distribution
Private     For your eyes only.
Free

FastPencil Marketplace     Your book will be available for sale on the FastPencil Marketplace and you will be able to buy and sell copies online.
Free

Wide Distribution     Your book will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, iPad, Nook, Ingram, etc. If you just publish one format, like eBook only
$249.     both eBook and print $299

PR Packages
PR Basic     Draft press release, up to 400 words – Ensure wire distribution for book SEO
$899

PR Media Outreach     Draft press release – Ensure wire distribution for book SEO – Create targeted media list – Outreach to about 40 media and discuss book review/giveaway opportunities – Manage getting books to media – Follow up with the media
$2099

PR Media Outreach & Social Media     Draft press release Buy – Ensure wire distribution for Now book SEO – Create targeted media list – Outreach to about 40 media and discuss book review/giveaway opportunities – Manage getting books to media – Follow up with the media
$2899

Post-publishing ScreenPlay Packages provided by our Partners, Voyage Media
Book-To-Screen: Producer’s Action Plan — The first-of-its kind Producer’s Action Plan is your first step toward having your material adapted (and considered!) for screen.
Your Producer’s Action Plan Includes:
3-5 pages of in-depth studio-quality description & analysis that helps producers identify your novel’s strengths
A compelling logline written to entice potential buyers
Suggested adaptation format (Movie, TV, Web) based on thorough knowledge of industry wants & needs
Market analysis & strategic recommendations for what to do next
…and last but not least, the real possibility of a very big break:
Your book will also be reviewed & considered by active producers looking for content like yours.
$799

Book-To-Screen: Treatment     Written by professional screenwriters, the Book-To-ScreenTreatment is a thorough outline of your novel’s screen adaptation and the best way to share your vision with industry decision makers.
Your Treatment Includes:
A 7-10 page scene-by-scene story, outlining how your material might be adapted into a full-length screenplay
Up to 3 “loglines” that quickly capture the attention of potential buyers
Screenwriter’s mission and rationale fully explaining creative choices made in the adaptation process
Producer-guided notes during the treatment writing process
Evaluation & consideration by a credited producer looking for projects in your genre or style
$2799

Book-To-Screen: Screenplay     The screenplay is the ultimate creative blueprint for a film, TV show or digital adaptation. It’s what producers use to attach top actors & directors, raise money for production, and obtain distribution.
Your Screenplay Includes:
Full-length, professionally-written & market-ready screenplay that translates your story for the screen.
Length depends on medium of production (film, TV, digital, stage) & genre (comedy, drama, horror, etc.) – up to 120 pages or more
Two rounds of rewrites to maintain a high standard of excellence
Final draft incorporates your own detailed punch-list of notes to ensure that your original vision is intact
Evaluation & consideration by a credited producer looking for projects in your genre or style
Prerequisite: In order to qualify for one of Voyage Media’s Screenplays, you must first order either the Producer’s Action Plan OR the Treatment.
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Writer, Agent, Publisher ~ Changing Hats…


If you’ve been following this blog, you know I’m soon going to be self-publishing a book (get a free copy with that link in the side-panel:-)

I’m using FastPencil, who in a way are the “publishers” but only to the extent that they format/print and distribute the book. I’ll have print and e-book editions for sale on the FastPencil site as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iPad. Plus, the book will be listed with Ingram which means libraries and bookstores can order it. All that for $200

I’m still the Publisher, though, because I retain all rights, I promote and market the book, and I supplied the editor.

I was my own agent. I got the idea for the book, wrote it, and convinced myself, after shopping around the publishing/facilitation companies, to sign a contract with FastPencil.

There are advantages to my wearing all these hats. There are also a few “disadvantages”. See the post, “Traditional VS Self Publishing ~ Some Thoughts…“, for my views on the pros and cons.

Even though the book will be for sale starting May 16th, I’ll still be offering manuscripts for free. If that sounds insane, check out this article from Forbes by Cory Doctorow. Here’s a snippet:

“When my first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, was published by Tor Books in January 2003, I also put the entire electronic text of the novel on the Internet under a Creative Commons License that encouraged my readers to copy it far and wide. Within a day, there were 30,000 downloads from my site (and those downloaders were in turn free to make more copies). Three years and six printings later, more than 700,000 copies of the book have been downloaded from my site. The book’s been translated into more languages than I can keep track of, key concepts from it have been adopted for software projects and there are two competing fan audio adaptations online.”

Wild, eh?

The one thing that keeps me sane in changing hats so often and staying on top of a to-do list that grows longer faster than I can shorten it is the book itself.

It’s alive. It talks to me–has been since well before I sat down to write it. I feel about as close to a mother as any man can get. This is my Baby. I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure she’s born safely and raised to hold her head high in the chaotic world of books………
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