Writer’s Corner: Christopher Lynch on Self-Publishing

By Nina Sights

On February 22, 2015, one of our new members, attended a Self-Publishing Seminar by Christopher Lynch at the Cerritos Library. She was kind enough to take notes and present them to us for our March’s Writer’s Corner.

Things Christopher Lynch Likes about Self-Publishing

  • You can print in a single day
  • You can set your own price
  • Make more money by doing it yourself

Things He Didn’t Like About Self-Publishing

  • NYT and other big reviewers won’t review you
  • You have to pay for everything
  • You have to keep track of expenses

Three Things You Must Do

  • Finish Your Manuscript 
  • Revise It
  • Have it Professionally Edited

Putting Together an EBook
For Editing he recommends EBook Editing Services

  • Website: http://www.ebookeditingservices.com/index.html
  • It’s an American Company
  • Phone service and email
  • They edit for grammar/spelling/continuity errors
  • They charge .0095 cents/word, so for 50,000 words = $475.00
  • Turnaround 10 biz days

For Cover Design he recommends Digital Donna

  • Website: http://digitaldonna.com/
  • Send photos to her and she tweaks them
  • She charges $100.00 for the Front Cover only and $125.00 Front, Rear and Spine

For Formatting he recommends Iron Horse

  • Website: http://ironhorseformatting.com/
  • For 45,000 words, the cost is $40.00
  • They take care of extras, eg. table of contents, link to website, etc. all included in the $40.00 price
  • Sends in PDF, Word, Mobi, all file types for same price

POD (Print on Demand)

For Editing, Formating, and Cover Design, he recommends the Same as Above

  • However, the Cover Design for POD is dependent on page count and it’s CRITICAL it’s correct.
  • You will need a Front, Rear, Spine Cover

For IBSN and Barcode he recommends Bowkers

Business Issues

  • You will need a seller’s permit and certificate of resale in order to sell your books yourself
  • You will need a city business lisence (not a DBA)
  • You will have to market yourself (that’s why he does these presentations)
  • Get an email list
  • Never put song lyrics in your book (you will have to pay for them)
  • You need written permission to include people’s real names in your book

Other Good Writers Websites

The Passive Voice: A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

Writer Beware: The Blog

  • Shining a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls. Also providing advice for writers, industry news and commentary, and a focus on the weird and wacky things that happen at the fringes of the publishing world.”
  • http://accrispin.blogspot.com
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