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Frequently Asked Questions
Leaving Madmen Publishing (LMMP) is a small group of specialists. The main difference is that you maintain the artistic and financial control that you would lose with a large publisher. If you have a solid plan, you can do very well for yourself. We can help you minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities.
Very little, really. Leaving Madmen Publishing (LMMP) fits all those descriptions. Sometimes the term “self-publisher” can apply to the person that writes a book and goes about independently finding designers, editors, printers, binders, etc.
There is a lot of competition and conventional publishers are unable or unwilling to take chances on unknown or inexperienced authors. If you try to use a conventional publishing route, you could find yourself going through a painfully long, frustrating process that may ultimately end up in rejection.
We specialize in non-fiction including, business books, manuals, memoirs, and how to/special talent books. We also look for story collections, true adventure, art books, and graphic novels.
It means we have the capability to take care of all the publishing details from start to finish – story format, layout design, editing, cover design, copyright, ISBN, BISAC, production, marketing, and in some cases, distribution.
The best way to think about self-publishing is to break it down into the eight essential tasks that go into making a book.
- Write your book
- Edit and edit again
- Have someone else edit it.
- Decide how and where you want to self-publish
- Format your manuscript for publication and create a PDF file.
- Prepare the front matter and back matter
- Prepare marketing materials and your bio.
- Create a book website and social media if you plan on promotion.
- Design the interior
- Design the cover
- Decide on a price point and upload to the print platform.
- Set up and organize your promotional and marketing plan. Depending on what you want to do, This may require a number of additional steps.
Yes, if you seriously want to sell your book. Which social media platforms or how extensive of a website, will depend on the kind of book that you’re selling and your audience.
That depends on the type of book, your audience, and how determined you are to make it a profitable book. Some books we do are written for a select business audience and are not necessarily promoted to the masses. If your goal is to make a profit then it will benefit you to do some advertising particularly on social platforms like Facebook or Instagram. It can get confusing, but we can handle that for you.
If you choose only one social platform, it should be Facebook. Facebook gives you the largest audience, the largest variety of content mediums, and the best analytics. To reach that audience you will need to advertise on Facebook. The sheer size of Facebook’s audience guarantees that your targeted readers will see your work. The details and analytics of Facebook marketing can be complicated, but we handle that process for many authors.
If you have minimal experience in Google Docs or Microsoft Word you can write a manuscript, but there are specifications required by publishing platforms for specific formatting. Google Docs and MS Word can also be challenging and there can be conversion challenges from one format to another. There are additional hoops if you want to publish an e-book, but many platforms (including us) will do the conversion and formatting for you.
No, but… It’s too easy to ignore this part and save the money, but it’s important that you at least get a proofreader. Proofreaders typically only look for glaring mistakes in grammar and punctuation, but they may give a little feedback as to flow and content development.
A high-quality book cover is one of the most important elements that will get your book to convert into sales! The fact is, everyone judges a book by its cover whether they realize it or not.
If you have ever struggled with getting started, getting stuck, or knowing what to say or how to say it, a coach can help get you started and help you stay on track.
There is no way to answer that question without discussing your individual project, although we have some standard pricing packages on our Pricing page.
Yes, but those are two different issues. Getting your book into a bookstore is a process that involves marketing and promotion. There are also a few misconceptions about bookstores sales that an author needs to understand. Getting your book on a website is easy, but selling the book still requires promotion and marketing.
Businesses, or some key person within an organization, can add credibility to a company. What to publish depends on the nature of the business but a good book of any size can help build the company brand and increase sales.
We believe that we all need to create a family legacy book – something you can pass down and hold in your hand (not a blog site or web page). Yes, we can help. Not sure how to put it together or what to say? We can help with that, too.
There are a lot of publishers or coaches that will sugarcoat this. Marketing your book is time consuming when you would rather be writing. Outsourcing these activities is an option (we do it), but will cost extra. However, there are a lot of ways to do it yourself. You can expedite the process if you have: 1) a well-designed cover, 2) a great title, and 3) a compelling “hook” in your book description. Creating a website and being active on social media can be very productive. Follow, like and comment and be active on writer and reader forums, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and anywhere you can connect with readers and develop fans.