Help with book packaging and promotion?

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I just finished writing a book and was wondering if there are any specialists you can suggest for help in prepping a book for print (cover, final edit, etc) and helping with marketing/promo in Amazon, etc?
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  • Profile picture of the author ScottBoyd
    Congrats on getting your book finished!

    You can check out the print on demand services available at BookSurge, Lulu, and Lightning Source. That will help you understand what is required to get the book in print and about how much it will cost if you outsource the work.

    With BookSurge they are the publisher and they pay you a 35% royalty based on the list price.

    With Lightning Source you are the publisher and you can make about 50% of the list price with them. If you need ISBNs it is much less expensive, per number, to purchase 10 rather than 1 (isbn.org).

    There are plenty of other things though, like creating a title for the book cover and more importantly a very long sub title optimized with your keywords/phrases for landing high on Amazon search results.

    You can do your own formatting in Word and convert to PDF, which can be a bit tricky but it saves a ton of money compared to professional services.

    I hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    how are you planning to publish this? booksurge?
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  • Profile picture of the author twistedpixel
    I have not decided how I was going to publish.

    I was hoping to find someone "experienced" in this area that I could hire (or partner with) to package it up and sort out the details for me (or with me)
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  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    Check out Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual, 16th Edition: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book (Self Publishing Manual) (Paperback).

    Any large bookseller should have it, as does Amazon etc. Your local library may have it, but it'll either be an older edition or stolen.

    Good luck,
    --Jack
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  • Profile picture of the author twistedpixel
    Thanks for the tip Jack

    I have more money than time at the moment, so I am still hoping to outsource or partner with an expert
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    Looking for Affiliates to promote the "World's Best Tasting Protein Bar!" (according to customers)
    Health, Lifestyle, Exercise, etc. Publishers/List Owners get 15% for first sale and re-orders (lots of repeat sales) PM ME!
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  • Profile picture of the author twistedpixel
    Any book marketing experts around?
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    Looking for Affiliates to promote the "World's Best Tasting Protein Bar!" (according to customers)
    Health, Lifestyle, Exercise, etc. Publishers/List Owners get 15% for first sale and re-orders (lots of repeat sales) PM ME!
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  • Profile picture of the author etcgraph
    I do layout and design for print books and would be glad to talk to you about the exact steps to get a print book on Amazon. I currently have 4 books there that I've done for others. Please send me a PM if you're interested.
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  • Profile picture of the author K. Rondo
    The Well-Fed Self-Publisher by Peter Bowerman.

    Read the reviews by customers on Amazon.

    The book covers design; what services to use and where to find them;
    time-lines; case studies; and lots more.

    I like the book because it goes in depth on how to market your book and
    the many backends that you can create.

    When I am ready financially; I will definitely combine techniques from this
    forum, the aforementioned book, and create some public domain products.
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    • Profile picture of the author etcgraph
      Received your PM, BizBooks, but apparently I am unable to send a PM until I have made 15 posts. So I guess that means I have 13 to go after this one. LOL

      I've written an ebook that explains the process. I'll send you a link to download it if you'll PM me your email address. Sorry about that.

      Thanks!

      Sheila
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  • Profile picture of the author Nutrifitness
    Originally Posted by twistedpixel View Post

    I just finished writing a book and was wondering if there are any specialists you can suggest for help in prepping a book for print (cover, final edit, etc) and helping with marketing/promo in Amazon, etc?

    I have self published through lulu.com and they work in conjunction with Amazon..I also put the same book on Amazon...for lulu it is easy as long as you have a print ready cover graphic in pdf....I also know someone who helped me and he may be interested in helping with cover,editing etc making it print ready...you can pm me if you need him and I'll contact him as well
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