Here’s a publishing question we will explore this week:
- I have just completed the draft of my first novel of about 50,000 words. It is a story about an Anglo-Indian young man who decides to become Indian. What is my next step?
Assuming you had this proofread and it’s in polished form.
You can either self publish or find a publisher. As far as publishers go, unless you are an established, big name writer, it is very difficult. The best way is to secure an agent, which is also hard to do. You need to send query letters, which usually has a short sample attached. If you Google “query literary agents”, you will find some URL links to guide you.
Many business leaders like to have books they written, to give prospective clients. Usually, these are self publishing endeavors.
Bookemon is also about selling books. What you need to do is to build the book, by uploading the existing cover graphic and the corresponding document (i.e. PDF file), and the book is available to preview and buy. It’s a print on demand when you buy, so they seem to set the selling price for you (i.e. based upon number of pages).
Freado is similar, except that it’s easier to create the book to check and buy (although Bookemon is not that much harder to use). In Freado, you are pointing the user to an external site, where the book is for sale. Bookemon handles all the selling and print-on-demand for you.
Both services – in their basic form – are free to use. I have a link for some old novel drafts I did in freado at B2B TechCopy business website.
What I would do is have the cover and document, together in a PDF form – for Bookemon. I would have the cover graphic separate from the PDF for Freado. This way, creating the book for both will be very easy.
Don’t forget the e-reader options. They are popular with Apple, Amazon and Google. I don’t know if you could ever convert a Max user – it’s a cult, in my opinion. Not that I have anything against the Mac. But Steve Jobs and his marketing associates do sell the lifestyle aspect well! I know many Mac users. Mac is also preferred by creative types. But from a practical technology level – a PC has more software available.
Here’s some commentary from the field.
Blog common on post about keeping writing simple
I like today’s article. Keep the writing short and sweet.
The same elements you bought up for blogs, also apply to B2C copy – with a few added touches. People scan the main points and short paragraphs. They usually look at the headlines and PS first. Write in conversational tone. Think of talking to a friend – over a drink – in the bar.
Bullet points focus our attention. They help break up short paragraphs and focus on key points.
Sub headers also capture our attention and usually focus on benefits.
Numbers also apply to copy. The ad, “5 Ways to Cure Corns,” ran in the National Inquirer for years (during the paper’s peak years). I got this tidbit from renown, direct response copywriter and marketer Ben Hart.
Say! These great points about writing effective blog posts also apply to good B2C copy.
I remember reading a book entitled The Adweek Copywriters Handbook by Joseph Sugarman. He invented many things – like Blue Blocker sunglasses – and was a multimillionaire entrepreneur, marketer and copywriter.
He said the purpose of the first paragraph of copy, is to get you to read the second paragraph. The purpose of the second paragraph is to get you to read the third paragraph. Yada, yada, yada (reminds me of a Seinfeld episode).
You seem to have all the time in the world, to write posts and comment at XXX. It shows you are a good thinker.
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t have all the time in the world to think and write. I have full-time work with B2B Technology copywriting and ghostwriting – or trying to secure clients for such endeavors.
Spontaneous thinking comes from stream of consciousness writing, which I usually do for XXX comments (i.e. James Joyce). Deeper thinking probably comes from my lifelong love of philosophy – both Eastern and Western. It’s a good training ground.
- Should You Use Scribd for Ebooks (worddreams.wordpress.com)
- Avoid the Many Pitfalls of Book Publishing (terrywhalin.blogspot.com)
- Bernard Starr: Self-Publishing Offers No Hassle and Big Potential Profits. Is It For You? (huffingtonpost.com)