On a technical level, putting together books for indie publishing

How to findFollowing up on yesterday’s post on initial steps to take when setting up a indie publishing company, on a technical level, here’s how I put the first two books together:

1.Set-up a publishing company, Hidden People Limited, bought a series of my own ISBN numbers fromNeilson — UK as it’s cheaper than USA branch.

2.Signed contract withLightning Source (which I knew about 10 years ago) as my primary printer–United Kingdom rather than the USA, as I am UK-based Limited company.

3.Book cover design by Fontana identity & design.

4.Since I work on every story for years (unless I get lucky and it comes out in a couple of hours), they don’t need huge amounts of editing. My “Self-Portrait of Someone Else” was edited by Viking-Penguin, and the pages from the original book was scanned and directly used in my paperback reissue. The Viking-Penguin editor suggested two paragraph deletions and a few sentences. I agreed with half. Otherwise, on proofing, after one less successful episode with an American proof-reader in Scotland, I do had two upcoming titles (novella and children’s book) line edited by Scribendi.
All this is ongoing and evolving and changes constant.

5.I’m still engaged in getting ebooks off the grounds via Smashwords and Amazon throughout the world.

6.Audiobooks, which I’m recording in my home studio, are still finding their best home via ongoing research and then more research.

That’s some of the basics that fills out yesterdays impressionistic piece….

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2 Responses to “On a technical level, putting together books for indie publishing”

  1. Hi Vincent – great post. Can you give a bit more detail on the lightning source deal? It seems that their print costs are comparable to standalone printers, but there must be some charge for shipping books to retailers, surely? From what I’ve read on their site and a few others, it seems too good to be true.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for the post, Steven. I researched launching a pub company for a long time. Lighting Print has become a standard for people who set up a publishing business based on POD. Important that. Lulu and the ilk are for writers to get books out without establishing a publishing house. Lighting Print (LP) only works with publishing houses that are legally registered (wherever in the world). LP is a part of Ingrams, which runs the largest book database in the Anglo-Saxon world and each book is automatically listed globally, so compared to Lulu, etc., exposure is thorough. Costs? A little upfront money to set-up the account, then upload interior and exterior of a book costs. You set the price, and any discounts. Cut to the chase. You have a book listed on Amazon. Someone wants to buy it. You put (let’s say) a price of 10 dollars/euros/pounds on it. The person orders the book through Amazon. This request goes to LP; they do the fulfillment; they print, pack and mail. They then take their cut. Say, 4 dollars. Then they have 6 dollars left for your company, and they deposit the amount of books sold every quarter (with detailed accounting) to the bank account you have specified. (There’s lots of details here, so maybe I’ll do a separate post on this later on…) Hope that helps…

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