As you've noticed, I'm covering a variety of important topics this week. Many are just part one as I'd have millions of words trying to fit it all in one blog entry. The other truth is that things change, research changes, topics change. I don't know how long each concept will be. Or that they won't be completed and then re-visited alter. I do hope you'll stay tuned and that you'll find at least some of the information useful.
So, in addition to the other stuff I've mentioned, you need to determine how to publish. What is really in your best interest. Of course, if you're desire is to publish indie, then you'll not need the agent posts. I will (later) include what I've found to be some excellent indie author resources as well.
The simple facts -
*Traditional (I'm talking top 10 publishers, not the huge number of ebook publishers found all over the internet)
Many times you get no say in your book cover.
Edits aren't optional (smaller publishers may leave the choice of what edits to accept and reject. Real publishers demand the manuscript be better and suggestions used.)
They take a large percent of your sales.
Your book does sell at a higher price.
They cover formatting costs and in print costs.
They promote their brand
Your cover is 100% up to you. (A good cover designer can cost $300+ per cover)
Your editing is 100% up to you. (Most good editors are no less than a penny or two a word. Doesn't seem like much, but if you have a 120,000 word novel, you're spending $1200-$2400 just for editing).
Then you also need a proof reader. Nothing makes an indie author look worse than typos (Yes, even a number of larger publishers have then, as editors and proofreaders are human - but people are harder on indie authors)
You must pay a formatter (or learn, exceptionally well, how to format your own book).
You must incur print costs, if you desire to be in print. Again, this calls for a different cover and a different format.
Your finances are 100% up to you.
Promotion is 100% on you (and promoting can cost a fortune).
That's just the very short beginning of this huge topic. Join me next week for more.