“It is really exciting taking on new writers – as it’s the start of an epic journey together. I will edit their manuscript, most books at this stage require some form of editorial input, unless they have been professionally edited by an independent editor. I would then pitch the book to relevant publishers, this can be a prolonged wait at times and I do my best to keep morale high…”
What is an International Standard Book Number? How does it work? Do authors need one? We have all seen the small barcode that sits on the back cover of every book. It is a unique 13-digit number assigned to every format of each book.
Take a moment. Breathe. Think of the magical moment at the end of the publication journey when you hold your debut novel in your hands. What does it look like?
I have worked with many authors who are amazing writers but get stuck when it comes to dealing with the commercial side of publishing. It’s a sentiment I understand all too well. I was once in those very same shoes – wondering how in the world I was ever going to achieve my lifelong dream of publication. I’ve learnt it all the hard way so others won’t have to.
Traditional publishing is a long time-consuming process. Big publishing houses are highly selective when choosing content. If an author doesn’t have an existing audience, it becomes even more difficult to crack a deal. On the other hand, self-publishing favours the author in many ways. The author has full authority to decide when to publish the book. He or she also retains all rights relating to the book.
There is a reader for every book. The author’s challenge is to connect with readers who will understand and appreciate their book. Welcome to Club Mith Books: the book club for authors by authors.
For starters, you can increase the font size and read a book with lights out, hidden inside a blanket, without a torch-light. Also, you can easily bookmark a particular page or highlight your favourite quote without the fear of destroying the sacredness of the book. Plus, you can buy them anytime, without worrying whether or not they go out of stock.
People often have thoughts, ideas and knowledge in relation to their area of expertise that they want to share in a book. Working with a ghostwriter will help you narrate this expertise into a book that readers will enjoy. Celebrities, chefs, make-ups artists, spiritual leaders and individuals from all walks of life work with ghostwriters. A ghostwriter’s skillset enables them to help you communicate your message and your story to readers from all over the world.
If you have not heard of Wattpad, let me do the honours of introducing you to the ginormous virtual platform – which was created for the sole purpose of uniting readers as well as writers on a common site. Wattpad is a completely free of cost story-telling platform that has over 65 million active users who spend over 400 hours every month on this website. The writers and books published there are phenomenal.