FEARLESS HOME BOOKS KEEP IN TOUCH
Recent Graduates of
The Fearless Assisted Publishing Program
(ALL COVERS ARE CREATED
BY FEARLESS LITERARY. CLICK COVERS OR TITLES TO ORDER FROM AMAZON.)
MY MIND BOOK
by Fiona Williams
illustrated by David Williams
TRIPS, TRAVELS, AND DREAMS
How LSD Saved Me by
and other stories by
THE MYELOMA YEAR
POEMS and Essays on
Mind and Spirit by
Ronald W. Pies MD
TO HEAVEN AND BACK
A Reporter's Journey in Two Worlds
by Jean Pope PhD
from addiction to redemption
by SUSAN THESENGA
with Pamela Thesenga
Publisher: 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.
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. 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 a wide 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: In some cases, the AP process begins with a full assessment of your manuscript, as described here. Even if your manuscript has previously been copy-edited, it may not have had sufficient developmental editing to maximize its sales potential in the trade book market. My assessment will determine whether any more developmental editing needs to be done and give you an estimate for that cost. If minimal editing is required and/or we determine that you can do it with little or no assistance, there will be no editing charge.
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.
E-Book Production and Distribution: I produce and upload digital editions to a variety of major platforms (including Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, Kobo, Nook, Apple iBooks, and others) for clients under their own imprint for $450 per title. In most cases, clients will retain 100% of net 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 exclusive Fearless "Direct to Bookstores" PR program and inclusion in the online feature NOTED BY FEARLESS. Authors also receive assistance in writing press releases and 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.
I’m looking forward to seeing your future book!
Recent Graduates of The Fearless Assisted Publishing Program
(ALL COVERS EXCEPT "GAINING TRACTION" ARE BY FEARLESS LITERARY)
by GRAHAM PARKER
Publisher: Tangible Press
MY LEASH ON LIFE
Foxy's View of the World From A Foot Off the Ground
by LENORE HIRSCH
Publisher: Laughing Oak
Starting Over After the Death
of Your Partner
by VICKI PANAGOTACOS PhD FT
A 10-Day Life Lessons Workshop
by SUZANNE ROSS
THE E-BOOKS OF FRANK GENAO
edited by Sari Friedman
THE SEX LIVES OF MISFITS
by FRANK GENAO
by FRANK GENAO
SAN FRANCISCO: A GLORIFIED LABOR CAMP WITH A NICE BUFFET
by FRANK GENAO
DON'T FEED THE NATIVES! Fear and Loathing in the Dominican Republic Meets Zen and the Art of Riding Lawnmower Maintenance
by FRANK GENAO
by FRANK GENAO
NEW DIGITAL and PRINT EDITIONS from JAMES CONAWAY
THE "ONE TRUTH MANY PATHS" SERIES
Presented by the Fearless Assisted Publishing Program for author Isabella Price
Edited by Sari Friedman
NEW DIGITAL EDITIONS from CAMERON WEST
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