Self-publishing, not to be confused with vanity publishing, is now seen as a much more viable option when it comes to publishing a textbook. Self-publishing companies offer a wide range of services from manuscript editing to cover design and distribution. You, as the author, often have complete control over each stage of the design, publishing, and promotion process. Keeping all of this in mind, if you decide to self-publish instead of following the traditional route, these ten self-publishing companies are ones to explore and consider: [Read more…]
Christopher Kenneally, Director of Business Development for the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), interviewed self-published author Dr. Robert Hoyt, M.D. on CCC’s Beyond the Book program about his textbook, Health Informatics: A Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology Professionals, now in its sixth edition.
During the interview, Hoyt told Kenneally that self-publishing gave he and his coauthor a lot more flexibility, the biggest one being turnaround time. Standard book publishing takes two to three years, he said, and their topic mandated a faster turnaround: “Self-publishing was the only way to do that.”
Hoyt presented a session at TAA’s 2015 TAA Conference entitled, “Why You Should Consider Self-Publishing and Print-on-Demand”, which is now available in TAA’s library of presentations on demand (available free for TAA members). The session covered how to select from several publish-on-demand publishers, compared and contrasted the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing, compared and contrasted the differences between print and e-book publishing, discussed the lessons learned from self-publishing, and outlined the steps in self-publishing.
I recently completed my third successful Kickstarter campaign to help promote my new book, Earth Joy Writing: Creating Harmony through Journaling and Nature, which will be released on Earth Day, April 22nd.
In all three cases, my books were published by small, independent presses that didn’t have funds for promotional campaigns, publicity, or book tours. So I used the Kickstarter funds to promote my books in these ways.
Often people shy away from Kickstarter and prefer to use other crowdfunding programs because of the requirement that the funding goal be met in order to get any funds at all. In my experience (and we know this as writers), having the goal of completion can spur us to take bolder action. A half-written book isn’t really a book, is it? [Read more…]
Patrice Morin-Spatz started MedBooks in 1986 with a little under $1,000 in her pocket. Today she has self-published seven titles on the subject of medical coding and billing and the allied health profession. Morin-Spatz received her undergraduate degree in chemistry & art and went on to study basic medical sciences in her postgraduate work.
Here Morin-Spatz talks to TAA about self-publishing textbooks: [Read more…]
If you are planning to self-publish a book, whether it is a textbook you have written or a book for a wider audience, one of the important decisions you will need to make is, “What book manufacturing company should I select to produce my book?”
Book manufacturers and book publishers are often thought of as being the same, but there are significant differences between the two. In the simplest terms, book manufacturers are strictly book printers and binders – a resource used by those who want to self-publish. Typically, they receive digital book files created by authors and produce finished books based on page size, type of paper, binding style and other book options their authors may want. Unlike book publishers, book manufacturers do not offer editorial, proofreading, design, layout, marketing and promotion, or other support services commonly offered by book publishers. As a self-publishing author, you should consider a book manufacturer as an outsourced service, in much the same manner you would a graphic designer or an editor you might hire. [Read more…]