In traditional publishing, a publishing house picks up a manuscript and pays the author an “advance” on book royalties. They also pay the author royalties once the book’s profits have paid off the advance.
In self-publishing, you choose to invest time and money upfront to publish your own book.
More and more authors—including many who previously published with traditional publishers—are learning that not only is self-publishing affordable, the end product can be a professionally produced book you can be proud of.
This is because technology continues to support self-publishing. Print-on-demand resources allow authors to print and ship copies of their book as they need them. Orders can be placed at any time, and the product is not only crisp and professional, it is far more cost-effective than traditional offset printing. Social media, blogs and websites, and other digital marketing avenues have also made it easier than ever for self-published authors to market their books and interact with readers.
- You’re tired of chasing agents and publishers and just want to get your book out there for people to read.
- You’re passionate about your family history, autobiography, or a local story and want to publish it, but the subject might not appeal to a larger audience.
- You are ready to invest time and money into creating a professional-quality book you’ll be proud to call yours.
- You’re open to putting your own time and energy into marketing and selling your book.
We begin by meeting with you to discuss your book and go over our publishing process. Then we put together an estimate for the cost of designing, editing, publishing, and printing the book. If you choose to proceed after receiving the estimate, we send a publishing contract. Once the contract is signed, we move forward with the project.
The Write Place does not provide illustrations. Many of our authors who wish to have their books illustrated find illustrators online or through their own personal network. The Write Place can also provide authors the names and contact information of illustrators we have worked with in the past, though it is up to the author to personally contact the illustrator and create a separate business contract with them.
- Basic – This option includes checking for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
- Basic Plus – This option includes everything in the Basic level, plus clarity and syntax.
- Extensive – This option includes everything in Basic and Basic Plus, as well as structure, characterization, plot, thematic content, and consistency.
The Write Place can provide a free editing sample upon request.
The final contracted cost for editing, designing, publishing, and distributing the book is included in the publishing contract. Our authors pay this cost in two installments. The first half of the contracted amount is due upon the signing of the publishing contract. The second half is due when the author approves the final PDF version of the project, which will be sent to the printer. On both occasions, the Write Place will send the author an invoice.
The cost of printing and shipping the book is billed separately. The author is invoiced for printing and shipping after an order is made.
Many of our authors pay with checks or with a credit card.
More books can be ordered at any time. You just need to contact us and let us know how many more you would like to order. We will then place an order with the printer and have the books shipped to you.
If an author chooses to purchase an ISBN, their book will be made available for sale on sites like Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com.
If you do not intend to sell your book and only plan to print copies to donate or give to family and friends, you may not need an ISBN.