YOU’VE WRITTEN A BOOK. NOW WHAT?
We have your editing handled. Now you have a green light for publishing. You may want to self-publish. If so, what’s next?
Book Cover Design
You need book cover design. I can point you to talented graphic artists who designs covers precisely as you envision—a work of art unique to your book.
Next, you need formatting for print, Nook, Kindle, iPad and, perhaps, Smashwords. You need an ISBN, barcode, Creatspace account and an Amazon page. I can point authors to professional formatters who have pleased so many of my clients and taken the headache out of publication.
Website or Landing Page
You also need a website or landing page with your own domain, links to your social media, and calls to action—which compels online viewers to download your ebook or buy the print version. I point my clients to a a firm specializing in emerging authors on a tight budget.
Book Trailers, Audio Teasers, Audio Books
What about book trailers or audio teasers? What about audio books? Not all authors go this extra mile to publicize their book. But it may be something you want to pursue. You need a video expert who can create a professional YouTube book trailer. You need the perfect voice over artist who can produce a teaser, or perhaps a voice over team to narrate your entire book. I will point you to the pros who make a living on video and audio services.
Traditional Brick and Mortar Publishers
Perhaps you don’t want to self-publish. You may want your book published by a traditional publisher. This is no easy task. You’ll need a literary agent to approach the top-rated publishing houses, and that involves submitting your book over and over again. It may take months or even years. But then again, it may happen suddenly. The odds are NOT stacked in your favor.
Many authors ask me to help. Yes, I can point you to literary agents. I can help you write pitches. But there is no sugar-coating the work and dedication required. I will support you through it to the best of my ability.
Samples of Book Editing Projects
Author and Journalist Interviews
News Anchor Gina Gaston (and husband, Mario Elie) Interview
Houston Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see the digital version pp. 32-33
Historic Katy by Author Carol Adams
Katy Lifestyles and Homes Magazine pp. 82
Former council member and mayoral candidate Carol Adams authored this book, which is rich in history spanning 150 years.
Note: I was privileged to be the book editor, and Carol shares a wonderful testimonial of my services as follows:
“Melanie Saxton writes great articles! She also edited the Historic Katy book for the Katy Heritage Society… thank you Melanie for all you do for Katy.” ~Carol Adams, City of Katy, Katy Historical Society, Katy, TX
A Chat with Author Stephanie Jaye Evans
Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see digital version pp. 56-57
Heaven is For Real: Author Todd Burpo
Katy Christian Magazine
Crosstown Park: A Legal Thriller with a Spiritual Twist
Katy Christian Magazine – see digital version pp. 45-45
Author Angela Lubbe and the Blessings of Blending
Katy Christian Magazine
Birdman of Mayakoba: Author James Batt
Houston Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see digital version pp. 69-72