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A Recent Graduate of the Fearless Assisted Publishing Program
from addiction to redemption
by Susan Thesenga and Pamela Thesenga
Edited, designed, and produced by
D. Patrick Miller/Fearless Literary Services
Published by Being & Awakening
Getting a book published by a major house is more difficult and less lucrative than ever. Meanwhile, the worldwide distribution opportunities provided by print-on-demand (POD) and digital technologies have made it much more viable for authors to publish themselves. That way they retain editorial and creative control, and keep their books available for sale much longer.
Publishing competently is a complex process that involves many phases: manuscript editing, cover design and text typography, prepress production for offset, print-on-demand, and/or digital publication; procurement of ISBNs, copyright, and Library of Congress registrations; and both initial and continuing publicity, among other challenges. Most authors contemplating an independent book launch do not have many skills at the ready for these tasks, much less the experience to complete them efficiently with a minimum of time-wasting errors.
While a few books and a number of online services address some self-publishing challenges, nothing is nearly as helpful as the hands-on assistance and constant, personal guidance of an experienced professional at every step of the publishing process. That’s the service I provide through the Assisted Publishing Program of Fearless Literary Services. I provide the final editorial shaping of manuscripts; handle design, type, and print-file preparation from start to finish; coach authors through every step of starting their imprint and getting all the necessary registrations; upload the finished print book to such major POD platforms as CreateSpace and Lightning Source; upload the finished digital book to the widest possible e-book sales network; and finally help devise, initiate, and maintain the process of publicity for new titles, beginning before the publication date and extending for one year afterward.
Most importantly, I’m on hand for quick response to all the inevitable questions that arise during the publishing process. My answers are focused on solving the particular problem at hand, but also provide an ongoing education for novice publishers. I’ve been in the business myself since 1997, publishing nine books under my own imprint and helping hundreds of other authors through various stages of the writing, editing, and book production processes.
Because every book project is unique and comes to me at a different stage of readiness, I do not have one set rate for Assisted Publishing. What follows are cost ranges for each phase of the process. After an initial assessment of each potential project, I can provide a precise estimate and payment schedule.
Editorial: As a rule, the AP process begins with a full assessment of your manuscript, as described here. Even if your manuscript has previously been copy-edited, it has probably not had sufficient developmental editing to maximize its sales potential in the trade book market. Our assessment will determine whether any more developmental editing needs to be done and give you an estimate for the total cost (with the assessment fee of $1495 serving as the down payment). If minimal editing is required and/or we determine that you can do it with little or no assistance, there will be no further charge. More substantial editing can range as high as $3500 total for books of conventional length (up to 75,000 words).
Design & Production: This phase involves front and back cover designs, interior type and page layouts, and technical preparation of PDF print files for printing. Depending on the page count and how much original art (if any) is supplied for the cover, this phase costs $750 to $1500. See some sample covers designed by Fearless Literary Services.
Project Management: There is a set fee of $500 for project management, which includes coaching clients on getting all the necessary registrations, choosing and facilitating the best distribution networks, scheduling all phases of the publishing process, dealing with unexpected problems and challenges as they arise, and answering all publisher-client inquiries as quickly as possible.
E-Book Production and Distribution: I produce and upload digital editions to a variety of major platforms for clients under their own imprint for $450-$750 per title. In most cases, clients will retain 100% of digital royalties. Under certain conditions, e-books will be produced with the Fearless imprint on a royalty-sharing basis. The digital program can be undertaken independently of print publishing assistance.
Initial and Ongoing Publicity: For $500, this optional service includes the writing of a basic press release for online distribution, plus adaptation for the publisher-client’s own hard-copy press kit. Assistance is also provided in the creation of other elements of the press kit, including author self-interviews. I’ll provide suggestions for review opportunities and on maximizing publicity through the use of Facebook, Twitter, online videos, and so on.
How to Get Started: Write firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the book you’d like to publish, and indicate the current status of the book project (Is the manuscript complete? Has it been through any editing process? Do you have cover art?, etc.) I’ll write back and we’ll go from there. If your project seems right for the Fearless Assisted Publishing Program, I’ll require a deposit of one-third of the estimated total project fee to get started. I’ll give you a production and payment schedule, and we’ll go from there.
If your book is just at the idea stage, you can submit it for a “Great Idea Review” for a nonrefundable fee of $75.00, as described at www.fearlessbooks.com/GreatIdea.htm. You’ll get a brief critique of your idea plus advice for the next best step. If the same project is later submitted for the Assisted Publishing Program, the Great Idea Review fee will be subtracted from your initial deposit.
I’m looking forward to seeing your future book!
RECENT BOOKS PUBLISHED INDEPENDENTLY
WITH FEARLESS ASSISTANCE:
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Publisher: Tangible Press
How A Misfit from Kansas Became An Asian Sensation
by CHARLES AYRES
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MOMENT OF CLARITY
The rantings of a stark raving sane man
by LEE CAMP
Publisher: MOC Books
from addiction to redemption
by SUSAN THESENGA
with Pamela Thesenga
Publisher: Being & Awakening
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