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About to Self Publish First Book

Discussion in 'Other discussions' started by Eunimity_92, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. Eunimity_92

    Eunimity_92 Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I’m just nearing the final stages of the self publishing journey. I’ve mostly written my manuscript (except for minor add ins) and ready to send off to a editor. The problem is, there seems to be an plethora of options and I want to make sure I select the most suitable. My book is only short around 13,500 words and it’s an intro to my larger piece 40,000 words. I decided to do this intro one as a tester before releasing the larger project. So the genre is psychology, philosophy and self help and I feel it would be best to have an editor who understands the context of what I have written-experience in the field maybe. Can anyone recommend any services? Fiver seems limited in regard to what I am after.

    Also for anyone who has experience in authorship could you give any advice on writing a blurb and authors bio?

    As for the book objective, I’m trying to mesh together my business mission with my book topic but I feel they may go seperate ways. The book topic is aligned to what I speak about in my business and I’m hoping I can use the book as an income stream for the business. At this stage I have only mentioned the business organisation in the authors bio. Should this be on the front cover?

    Regards,
    Jacob.
  2. bb1

    bb1 Renowned Member

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    Just as a potential purchaser of a book, unless it was a well respected organisation, I would just assume the book was a blatant advertisement for the business, and as such I would avoid the book, so my suggestion would be no don't put it there. But then again not sure what the experts think.
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    Eunimity_92 Member

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    Thank you for your input. I’m having this checked by some publishing experts. But the main reason I was asking was due to the fact the actual book is a direct product of the business mission. It only seemed reasonable to state why the book was written or what influenced it.
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    it is really difficult, even with some preparation, more practical advice would be needed..
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    I dream of writing a book.. for me, this is really something very difficult, but I read a lot, collect information, also often use https://edusson.com/write-my-book-report and recommend you, a very useful resource that will help you in writing works for a university or any activity.
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  6. Angela P

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    Hi, I know a service that I have worked with that handles and coaches through the self publishing business. Here is the link if you are interested: https://authorsupportservices.com

    Good luck with it all. :)
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    Jacob, My printer specialises in book publishing, His name is Sebastiaan [email protected]
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    Hi Jacob - and Angela :) - I also recommend Author Support Services (although I'm biassed: I also edit for Alex as a subcontractor sometimes in addition to running my own solo editing business)
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  9. TanjaG

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    Hi Jacob - I'm an editor who's worked with several first-time authors who want to use their book as an effective "business card on steroids".

    Whether to include your business name on the front cover depends on several factors - who your audience is and what they expect, what other authors in your specific space tend to do, and the extent to which you, the author, are writing as a representative of your business vs as a private person separate to it.

    For what it's worth, most of the authors I've worked with have only included their business name in the bio (and sometimes throughout the book where it reads naturally to include it), but that doesn't mean having it on the front cover is an absolute no-no.
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    I would recommend talking to Rommie Corso from Hardshell Publishing - her complete focus is helping first time authors publish their books - www.hardshellpublishing.com.
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    In my opinion, no, your business name should not be on the front cover unless it is strictly a guide for clients (a more private publication). It is not the done thing. (I work in helping self-publishers).

    Anyone else who has trouble writing a book blurb, I can offer a formula for you.
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    Hey all!

    Thanks so much for the detailed feedback! I really appreciate it.

    Low and behold I ended up putting the business name on the inside page of the book opposed to the front cover. It’s all been long written and now available on Amazon. I’ve just left it there with very little marketing as I’ve been focused on other projects but I plan to put more focus on to it soon.

    You can check it out here:

    https://www.amazon.com.au/Immense-Opportunity-Becoming-Powerfully-Receptive-ebook/dp/B084RNZZDC

    Thanks again everyone!
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    I would recommend contacting the Australian Psychological Society and asking to speak to their editor or comm's team. Most Associations have a magazine so they may be able to help.
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