What We Do for Self-Publishing Writers

Below are the self-publishing services provided by Concierge Self-Publishing. Please ring for service if you would like an estimate for your project.

Coaching

Although coaching is provided in everything we do, we offer this as a stand-alone service for people who are considering creating a book or a book business, or who are stuck in any aspect of the creative process. We help you uncover, define, and achieve your dream.

Editing Services

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We provide several different types of editing services. Costs depend on the type of editing you need, the length of your manuscript, and your skill level. We edit using the Chicago Manual of Style unless you have another style guide you’d like us to follow.

Guided Editing

We work with you to determine what type(s) of editing you need. Much of this depends on the type of book, how much writing you have done in the past, and what your goals are for your book. Types of editing that might be appropriate are:

Developmental Editing

We help you finish and improve your work. Depending on where you are in the writing process, coaching conversations may be included in the project. Our editors provide detailed reasons why we are suggesting a change. These suggestions can range from adding/deleting/changing entire scenes, to suggestions for word usage.

Copyediting

Once your work is solid enough, we copyedit the piece. This type of editing is what most people want when they talk about needing an editor. The focus is on grammar, spelling, and punctuation, but other changes are also suggested to clean up awkward sentences and missing information. Fact checking is also available at this point.

Proofreading

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This is the final pass before publication. The goal is to find any of those last pesky errors that have escaped other people’s review. When this phase is skipped, your readers will find your mistake. We find someone different from the copyeditor to proof your book.

We suggest you add time in your own schedule to take a thorough look at a formatted copy of your manuscript before it goes on sale. The change in format can allow you to spot mistakes you never saw before.

Cover Design

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We no longer provide cover design, but we will work with you and your cover designer to make sure you have the cover in the right specifications for what you plan to do. We have found most cover designers prefer to work directly with their clients for the optimum product.

There are several out there who provide good covers at reasonable prices. Here are a few that have good reputations or we’ve worked with in the past:

For the Muse Design

Book Graphics

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Pre-Publication

We guide you through the necessary steps you’ll need to follow to put your e-book and print book up for sale.

Formatting

Depending on the complexity of your book, the manuscript can be formatted using Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign. The former is substantially less expensive than the latter. Cost is dependent on the length and complexity of your manuscript, as well as the number of changes you want to make once the book is formatted.

After you review and approve the formatted manuscript, we will provide you a copy in Word, PDF, and/or InDesign format. We guarantee our formatted manuscripts will upload into the most common distributors: Amazon, Smashwords, Draft2Digital, and CreateSpace.

At this time we do not provide .mobi or .epub files.

Metadata Preparation

We can help you write and edit your book description, define categories and keywords, and determine what options (particularly when using Amazon KDP) suit your publication goals the most.  We will also explain how pricing works and your different options for determining the price you want to set for your book.

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ISBN/Copyright

We guide you through the process of obtaining ISBN(s) and copyright. You may not need an ISBN, depending on your publication goals. If necessary, we can do these tasks on your behalf.

Guided Upload

Based on the metadata information you give us, we can upload your book to:

  • Smashwords
  • Amazon KDP
  • CreateSpace
  • Draft2Digital

We will show you how to access these sites to obtain regular information on sales, and of course, purchase copies of your books for your shelves, and receive your royalties.