Book publishing pathways – an explanation

Are you as confused about the different paths to publishing as I am? This guide by Jane Friedman (www.janefriedman.com) is a good start. I must admit that I have seen a number of publishers in Australia describe themselves as “publishing partners” when they really seem to be ‘agent assisted self publishers’. You can download a copy of the chart here: 5 Key Book Publishing Paths

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“Light Room” by Sarah Jackson available for pre-order

You can now pre-order “Light Room” by Sarah Jackson through Amazon.

light-roomHave you ever woken from a deep sleep to find that you can’t move, speak or cry out for help? That you have no idea what time it is? Or what day it is? Or even where you are? What if you found yourself in a medical facility waiting to have your organs removed? Dylan has.

Welcome to “Light Room”. Described by Beta readers as “genuinely creepy” and “disturbing”. A science fiction/horror short story from the “Better Future” Series. Not suitable for children!

Search for “Light Room” by Sarah Jackson or use one of the links below:

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01M11TZYH

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M11TZYH

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M11TZYH

JP: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B01M11TZYH

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01M11TZYH

Editing done, cover to go!

Well the editing is finalised, and I am hopeful that all anomalies, weird spelling and miscellaneous bits have been taken care of. Now I have to get the cover sorted. In the past I have only self-published e-books, so covers have been a simple 1 page, front cover job (and yes I know that I have just totally cheapened/de-valued/down grounded the traumatic experience of actually getting a good e-book cover). Now I have the joys of working on an actual paper cover. You need a front bit, back bit and blurb and a spine.

If you are with a traditional publishing house the bulk of this work will be done for you. You may have some say in the final cover design, but your input could be limited. If you are taking the self-publishing path then I recommend that look carefully into the printing requirements for covers. If they have a template then download it.

Your book will need an ISBN (and you need separate ISBNs for print, e-book and audio book editions) and a bar code (for print books). In Australia you can get ISBNs and bar codes through THORPE-Bowker Identifier Services: https://www.myidentifiers.com.au For other countries use google to source a local suppler.

You need to pay particular attention to the spine size. This is determined by the number of pages in the book. “Pete and the Persian Bottle” is a very slim book as it is only 15,000 words/99 pages. In this case the spine will be too small to take text or images, so I will need to use the first sample cover below.

CoverPete test coverIf you are totally stuck I recommend that you seek out the services of an experienced cover designer. A cheaper option can be sourced through fiverr: https://www.fiverr.com. You can also access free images through sites like pixabay: https://pixabay.com

Good luck with your cover!