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You have written your memoir and you sense that self-publication is your best route. Now you ask “Where can I find the book publication information I need to make a best decision? How does my manuscript go from computer document to a hard-copy book?”

Holding your book in hand is a natural outcome of writing a memoir. How could you possibly be faulted for wanting a hard copy of your story—a hard copy to admire, to pass out to family and friends, to sell to an appreciative audience?

At the same time, you realize that your memoir is not likely to sell in the tens of thousands. It is a good book and it will appeal to its audience, but you have no illusions about the tens of thousands of copies going out into the world.

Self-publication is probably your best option.

But, you’ve never published before and you are a bit diffident about undertaking such a big project.

When  you choose to self-publish, you are the publishing company, you are the general contractor. We are you book packagers. We have done every step of the process, and we can take your hand and lead you to a successful completion.

Before u even contemplate publishing your book, you should have it professionally edited and proofread.

The first part of the process of transition from manuscript to book is called “pre-publication” and the second step is “printing.” The whole process adds up to “publication.” The book publication information below—drawn form our years of working with writers, probably very much like you, to publish independently—will help you with your own process of self-publication.

When you can ask us to be your publication desk, you can be assured that you will receive a quality book you will be proud of.

Book production info for your self-publication start

Read the articles below. Almost to a one, they have gone the self-publication route.

We think the book publication information they offer will convince you to take your memoir from manuscript stage to printed book—via the self-publication process. Then…

If you want help in the process beyond this “mini-course” of posts on book publication information—either for parts or for the whole, we can assist you in any way that works for you. Call us at 207-353-5454 or email us at info@thememoirnetwork.com and schedule a free consultation for the assistance that will best meet your needs. And…

Keep writing. No book publication happens until you have a book to publish.

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Book Launch Tips: Business Boy to Business Man, by Robert Verreault

The book launch party was a lovely experience—one that brought to those of us who were involved in creating the book a strong sense of (forgive the overused term!) closure. Writing a memoir is a long haul and it is refreshing to have an event as one might a wedding or a funeral to gather […]

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Better Book Production is Possible — Book Publishing Tips

Yes, I can do better book production!

Note: This is the 4th article in a series of 4 on the writing process of A Sugary Frosting published in 2016. 

Post 1: I Finish A Sugary Frosting: Notes on the Memoir Writing Process

Post 2: Mechanics of Writing a Memoir: It’s not all Inspiration

Post 3: Preparing for A Successful Book Launch

Post 4: Better Book Production is Possible

Here are a few book publishing tips to prepare for better book production that I learned from publishing A Sugary Frosting / A Memoir of a Girlhood Spent in a Parsonage.

My book, A Sugary Frosting / A Memoir of a Girlhood Spent in a Parsonage, made its way to publication. To launch it, as many readers know, I created an advanced reader community and was able to gather 90+ people who volunteered to write a review for Amazon in exchange for a heartfelt thank you from me, and upon sending me a copy of the published review, a link to the finished e-version, a hard copy and a $50 voucher in The Memoir Network’s e-bookstore.

The response from readers had been gratuitously generous. I had about 90 people who agreed to review the book. I was elated! Not only were these wonderful people provided me with a review but so many offered suggestions that made the book into a better one than it was initially. I don’t only mean by sending in corrections of typos but by suggesting tweaks for the story—adding and taking out text. This experience of working with advanced readers was a tremendously positive one for me.

I offer the following review of what I learned on my way to better book production. I hope it helps you in the process of preparing a book for publication.

What have I learned? Book publishing tips…

1. I created too tight a deadline.

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How to Market Your Memoir Through KDP Select

Writing a memoir can be a pretty arduous task — dredging up old memories, mining complex emotions, and trying to frame your experiences in a way that will engage and provide value to readers. It’s no wonder that most authors, having finished their memoirs, feel like the hard part is over and they can finally relax.

But if you’re planning to self-publish your memoir on Amazon, don’t get complacent just yet. While traditionally publishing memoirists often have their marketing plans laid out for them, those on the self-publishing track need to put in a little more personal effort. And while there are tons of great resources to help you along, it’s also important to know how to market on Amazon specifically, as it’s by far the largest retailer in the biz. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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Sending Your Self-Published Book Out Into the World

You’ve been writing for a long while. Your book has been edited professionally. You are ready to get your independently-published book into your readers’ hands. Let’s explore and execute options for packaging and printing your memoir. 

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Publishing A Memoir the Right Way

Today, technology, better distribution and a growing interest in reclaiming regional identity makes publishing a memoir the right way a viable option for many authors who want their books to reach a wider circle than their immediate family and friends. It is not true that your book is not worthy to be read unless it has been purchased by a New York corporate publishing house. Self-publishing has many benefits, not the least of which are that you can control production decisions and can recoup your expenses.

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Photos in Your Memoir Book Layout

 

Where you place photos in your memoir book layout is important.

While it may seem obvious, it bears repeating that where you place photos in your memoir book layout is important. It will influence how readers appreciate your story. The only way I can grasp that makes sense is to place photos chronologically within the text. Why?

First, a bit of book-writing talk. There is in reading and writing a phenomenon called “suspension of disbelief.” If I as the reader am constantly saying “This is only a book. This isn’t really happening as I read,” then it is impossible for that reader to get “lost in the story.” On the other hand, if the reader agrees not to challenge the story—to make as if the story is actually happening as s/he is reading—then there is a good chance the reader will enter the story and experience it as if it were unfolding before his/her eyes. Now the reader is only one partner of the agreement. The other partner is the writer.  The writer MUST NOT do anything that forces the reader to suspend disbelief. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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3 Suggestions For Choosing the Right Publication Option For You

What’s the Right Publication Option For You?

You have finished writing your memoir or are nearing its completion. You feel satisfied with the text. It has been edited by a professional and you have made changes, You are ready for the next step. You are ready to be published. But what is the right publication option for you?

Congratulations!

Now, your task is to decide how to best send it out into the world—that’s what publishing a book comes down to it: making your memoir public after all these months of having writing it be a personal project.

The are basically three options.

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How to Self-Publish with a Book Packager

It’s time to self-publish with a book packager!

So you’ve decided to self-publish the book you have worked so hard to write. Congratulations!

You are joining the ranks of some of the most well-known authors, including Deepak Chopra, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein and Anais Nin. In fact, you probably have several self-published titles in your own library. What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Nelson Bolles and Irma Rombauer’s The Joy of Cooking are two examples. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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