What Are Your Publishing Needs?
Publishing your own book has become very popular over the last decade or so for many very practical reasons. Prior to this, books were solely published by companies that were overwhelmed with manuscripts to the point of simply rejecting many works sight unseen. Those that did make it to the publisher desk as unsolicited were sent back with a form letter. Rarely would a manuscript make it past the gatekeeper, but when it did it was usually rejected, too.
All this lead to many frustrated writers unable to realize their dream of becoming the bestselling author they inspired to be. Now with the advent of computers and the internet all this is in the past. Still there are pitfalls that await the unsuspecting self-publisher.
Just some of the pitfalls that can haunt authors:
- cover design
But You’re Not Alone
Many self-published authors become inundated by all the tasks they must perform to produce the product they desire. They just don’t have the talent or the know-how to get the job done to their satisfaction. Their frustration mounts because they are spending too much of their time doing the tasks that they neither enjoy or are adept at doing.
After all, most writers just want to write and not be bothered with all the other things that must be done to self-publish a quality book. Aside from the technical knowledge necessary there is the time it takes to edit and proofread. Along with that there is creating your book cover and the list goes on and on.
There is a solution
As with anyone with a problem you are looking for a solution. In this case an economical way to outsource all those distasteful tasks you don’t want to do, don’t have time to do, or that you are unable to do. You’re looking for someone to hire that will perform all these needed tasks so you can get back to what you love to do, which is writing.
We don’t think that’s asking too much!
To me, your book is a project with different categories
- The artistic side – professional cover art and illustrations
- The marketing side – building your artist’s platform – promotion
- The editing side – have a professional editor look it over
- The management side – juggling time to write while you promote
As an artist I’ve created many works of art that I believe to be quite good considering I did them all using a program called GIMP
These are just a few of the things I’ve drawn using GIMP.
I’ve also drawn other pictures using just a pencil. Here are some examples of them. The following are characters in my book “The Sword of Ghespi”