Behind-the-Scene: Independent Publishing

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Robin Lyons, author, websiteBLOG POST #247: Behind-the-Scene: Independent Publishing

The dreaded typo. We all hate them and try to fix them before anyone sees the finished product—whether it’s a school paper, book report, news article, book review or book. 

Have you noticed we see what something SHOULD say, not always what it DOES say?

I remember being at a training workshop when the presenter projected a paragraph on the whiteboard for all to see. She said raise your hand when you see the typo. The woman I was with raised her hand. I read the paragraph, re-read it, I couldn’t see the typo, in the middle of a sentence was the word ‘the’ twice (the the). The sentence scrolled to the next line between the duplicate words. With one ‘the’ at the end of a line and the next at the beginning of a new line—I couldn’t see the error.

Thank goodness people have relaxed a bit with typos (autocorrect may be a contributing factor). ‘Typos happen’ seems to be the attitude nowadays. This relaxed mode doesn’t mean writers should lower their standard. A perfectly edited and proofread document should always be the goal.

You may have missed my post on social media where I shared that one reason I love being an independently published author is that I can fix a typo in five minutes and move on.

There are so many more reasons I love being Indie, I enjoy being the one to select the cover and determine the publication date. It would be nice to have someone else handle the marketing, but unless you’re a big name author, even traditionally published authors don’t have that luxury.

When I first started writing to publish, I researched traditional publishing and vanity publishing (which seems to have all but disappeared). It took me a few years to have a finished product and by then independent publishing was gaining momentum. E-Books would be different if we didn’t have independent publishing (Amazon continues to dominate in this area).

Here’s a brief explanation of the differences between traditional and independent publishing:

INDEPENDENT (INDIE) TRADITIONAL
Create the story Author Author
Edit the book (may require several) Author pays editor Provided by publisher
Make corrections to book content Author Author
Final edit of the book Author pays editor Provided by publisher
Make corrections to book content Author Author
Proofread the book Author pays proofreader Provided by publisher
Make final corrections to book content Author Author
Format the contents Author pays for service or does on their own (if they have the skill) Provided by publisher
Create the back cover blurb Author pays for service or does on their own (if they have the skill) Provided by publisher
Create book cover Author pays for service or does on their own (if they have the skill) Provided by publisher
Compile the book Author pays for service or does on their own (if they have the skill) Provided by publisher
Publish the book Author pays for service or does on their own (if they have the skill) Provided by publisher
Create and manage website Author pays for service or does on their own (if they have the skill) Author pays for service or does on their own (if they have the skill)
Market the book (most often through social media) Author pays for service or does on their own (if they have the skill) Author pays for service or does on their own (if they have the skill)
*Sales royalty (generally speaking) 35%/70% of sale price

(non-exclusive/exclusive)

10-15% of sale price
*Estimated royalty per $4.99 eBook $1.75-$3.50 $.50-$.75
*Estimated royalty per $7.99 paperback $2.80-$5.60 $.80-$1.20
*Book size, fees, taxes, currency conversions, and discounts factor into royalties.

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Thanks for reading! Wellness wishes to you and your loved ones.

-Robin

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