If you’re part-way into writing your book, it’s time to think about who is going to help put together your book and administrate it. This is a giant step but is often left to emotion and chance. So read our Author Assistance Package comparison review (2 Australian companies, 1 US company). Check down the bottom for the DIY + freelancers option.
Most author assistance packages leave out the most important service—editing (and writing support). Book publicity and launch planning is usually either an add-on or ‘find your way in the darkness’, but really important for you, the author.
Remember, no matter how little you may know about the publishing process, you are in control of the path before you. Let’s make it a good one.
Publicious: Package 3 + Editing addedGold Coast, Australia.
| Book in Print & eBook – 200 pages|
Basic book cover design
50 copies of the book
Conversion to eBook formats
+ Combined Copy editing and Proofread @ $7 a page: i.e. $700 for 29,000 words
+ Optional Manuscript Assessment (AKA Structural or Substantive Edit) @ $0.011 per word.
|Total: from AU $2,680|
Publicious: Jen’s Opinion
Publicious primarily provide a publishing and distribution service. Their ‘Package 3’ includes design, typesetting, conversion and distribution, as well as 50 printed books. Editing is not included in any of their packages but can be added on for an additional fee. Don’t know who is the editor. Accountability calls are not included. Cover design seems a little amateur, but the owner is friendly and supportive, which is a plus.
Marketing. Offers a Book Publicist service, an Author Website service ($770) with bookstore, or Video Book Trailer(*). Also offer website maintenance at $20 per month, which is very reasonable.
Indie MoshAustralian based.
| Publishing Package for print and eBook, including conversions|
Typesetting and cover preparation with printed proofs
Distribution + admin
10 printed copies
|AU$1,995 + keeps 10-15% royalty of ebook sales|
Indie Mosh: Jen’s Opinion
Indie Mosh is a long-lived, Australian-based publishing and distribution service, covering both physical and digital books. They do not provide any writing or editing support and only accept final manuscripts. This makes it ideal for working with an editor of your choice.
I found Indie Mosh’s author store (One Thousand Words) a side benefit to publishing. Amazon link does not direct to Australian bookstore, but at least all the info under the author is there to read. Nice. They pay 85% royalties for life, which is not 100%, but it does take the hassle out of your hands.
I liked how they were very clear about what they provide and when they pay out; you don’t have to wait till the maximum Amazon sales ($100) is reached. Good reputation too.
You Control the Process
A little different to Author Support Packages, this option allows you to choose your editor, book designer, other services, and get marketing support for less than usual.
Remember, there is a lot of artwork control and specification around the book production process, whether using a bulk book printer or ‘Print to Order’ with a Print on Demand supplier. So you’ll need the help of a layout designer of some kind.
Jennifer + Business Author Academy + Designer + You(Australia)
| Writing Coaching or Line Editing (Jennifer’s pricing)|
BusinessAuthorAcademy – Writing & Self-publishing information
Designer – Heather (US) or Graham (Qld, Aust)
Marketing Plan (Author-first marketing plan + support)
Writing Coaching $2,500 + Copy Editing $1,000
OR Line Editing of 50K-80K word book (between $2,400 and $3,300)
Academy membership – $10 per month x 3 months (discounted)
Book Design and Book Cover Design.
Heather (US): From US$600 for 3 mockup covers, 1 final, 3D cover, and non-fiction book layout
OR Graham (Aussie): about $1,400 for typesetting that’s complex (images), and full cover design. Less for regular text.
Marketing Plan/Coaching: not defined, but circa $400
ISBNs: $140 (if new Australian publisher)
|Avg. Total from scratch : $4,640 (complex)|
This example is not designed to be a quote for your book; it is averaged.
You in Control – Main Benefits
- Keep all your own royalties
- Learn online (24/7) about writing and self-publishing, so you know for next time
- Create better products for your clients, with local support
- Don’t overpay; pay the going industry rate but not more
- Be aware of what you need to do instead of ‘in the dark’ (leading to low sales and low visibility)
- Customised advice: tried and tested marketing options
You in Control – Main Disadvantages
- You need to do the ISBN admin, account setups, and campaigns
- You can employ an Author VA if you don’t want to do the book admin or Amazon account setup
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*P.S. Record your own video book trailers, if at all possible. Then get a Fiverr dude to edit the video and make it sing. Way more connecting and engaging.