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Indie Author

Maybe you’ve finished writing your manuscript. It’s a daunting task, but if you’re done, a big congratulations! Perhaps your creative juices are flowing and you are well on your way to writing that last chapter. How wonderful! And it could be that you’ve read many good books and are contemplating writing one of your own. Why not? You may be thinking of self-publishing, but you’re not quite sure where to start. Welcome Indie Scribe! You’re not alone and we can help by providing an overview of the process. We can also proofread, copy edit, recommend an interior book design, and make suggestions about your book cover. When you’re ready to submit your book to online bookstores, we can help you. The possibilities are endless! Don’t hesitate to get in touch and book a consultation!

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How to self-publish

Now that you’re ready to publish your manuscript, there are a few things to think about. Is it a good idea to hire a proofreader or editor? Do I format for paperback, hardcover or eBook? Can someone else format my book? When it comes to book size and font choice, I have no idea! How do I create and insert images? What about my cover? Do I need one or more ISBNs? Where and how do I upload my files? How much should my book cost? Do I maintain copyright? I want my website/blog to rock! How will readers find me? A well-versed consultant can help you navigate through all the noise and focus on your needs. A coaching session may be all you need. Let’s talk!

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Writing is your voice

Is self-publishing a piece of cake? The thing to remember is that you’re an author. Your skill is writing. It can’t hurt to have a fresh pair of eyes look over your manuscript to remove typos, improve punctuation, and maybe make a few edits. Proofreaders and editors may make small changes, but you keep your voice. Many readers still prefer to turn the pages of a book, but eBooks are very popular. Should you decide to publish a paperback, you’ll have to consider book size, book design, and font choice. However, if you decide on an eBook, your choices are a little more limited. Why not consider working with a professional who can design the book to reflect your style and subject matter while preserving your voice? To chat about the endless possibilities, don’t hesitate to get in touch and book a consultation!

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Book Marketing

If you need help navigating the marketing process, we can help! Effective marketing can lead to sales and we can coach you through the process. Your book cover plays an important role, as do book genre, your target audience, your social media activity, and good old networking. Good writing is definitely one of the keys to your success, but a good marketing plan will go a long way. Let’s do it!

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This is a teapot

You’ve been busy writing, re-writing, and editing. Those creative juices have been flowing. Not to mention all the hours you’ve spent online researching. You’ve no doubt been reading blog after blog, article after article, and every how-to site you could find on how best to self-publish. You’ve done your research! The internet does not lack for information and tips and tricks. It can be a little overwhelming. And now … it’s just time for a nice cup of tea!

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Blogging, business, and other writing

Are you a small business owner, professional, or blogger? Do you write apps, posts, articles, reviews, emails, food menus, reports, or …?  Do you have to prepare presentations? You might want to ask an editor or proofreader to chime in, if only because employees, colleagues, and consumers are bombarded with choices every day. Make your writing pop! You have your style and let’s keep it that way! You may have a certain cachet, but your audience will also appreciate the respect you show them by dotting your ‘i’s and crossing your ‘t’s. If English is not your native tongue, why not have a fresh pair of eyes look over your work. If you would like to chat about your project, don’t hesitate to get in touch and book a consultation!

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Traditional or Indie?

What’s the difference between traditional publishing, hybrid publishing, self-publishing, and being an Indie Author? You have many publishing options and may be wondering what the advantages and disadvantages are. If you would like to discuss your options, don’t hesitate to get in touch and book a consultation! Let us shed some light.

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Design for readers

Designers know how to make colors pop and elicit an emotional response. They are busy little bees! You may have decided to publish a book, produce a pamphlet, create a poster, write a blog, or design a restaurant menu. You’ve got the writing down. After all, your goal is to communicate content. Design, on the other hand, is the first thing readers see and react to. When well done, design, to some extent, communicates content. Designers, like writers, understand the audience, can think like readers, and be clever, while not too literal. You may decide to create your own design. Do you have a concept? Where will you source the artwork? Do you have the necessary software and tools? Are the images you’ve chosen copyrighted? Would you prefer an illustration? What will the file size be? How will you export and incorporate it? These are some questions you may be asking yourself. Get in touch to talk about your design.

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A fresh pair of eyes

You’ve written a book worth reading or you may be well on your way to creating one. Readers appreciate a well written, typo-free book with proper punctuation. They especially love authors who care enough to go that extra mile. Indie Publishing is all about writing, formatting, editing, proofreading, designing, and marketing. Proofreaders and editors will eliminate any spelling and punctuation errors and make suggestions to ensure consistency. Voice and verb tense matter! And then there are graphic designers. They know which fonts to use and how to make colors pop. But most importantly, good designers know how to create a design that speaks to your audience. Working with freelancers can be a fulfilling experience and who doesn’t appreciate a fresh pair of eyes?

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Publishing Party

Once your book is polished, published, and live online, it’s time to take a bow. What an accomplishment! So, what will you do to celebrate? Now’s the time to plan. Throw a publishing party! What about … A spa day? A great meal at your favourite restaurant? A weekend getaway with friends and family? A long nap? A day at the tennis court or ski hill? Getting back to your favourite pastimes? Taking the dog to the park? I’m sure you’ll think of something. Celebrating is a very important part of the process, so no skimping! We wish we could be there with you, but we will be in spirit. When the time comes, pop open the champagne and enjoy your success!

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Look of your book

Your book cover tells your story and is your best calling-card. A captivating, intriguing, and attractive book cover screams ‘click me’ and that’s the kind of cover you want. A graphic designer can make that happen for you. Why not consider hiring one? Next step is your website. It’s a great meeting place. Here is where you can feature your book (or maybe books,) tell readers about your journey, connect through social media, upload images, provide your audience with fun facts, build a fan base, create mailing lists, and generally make the most of a great marketing tool. Let us make that easier for you. Sit back, enjoy a beverage, do a crossword, check your horoscope, or catch up on the news while your team gets to work. The possibilities are endless.

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How it Works

On, you will find a description of our services as well as general information about Indie publishing and all that it entails, but you don’t have to be an author to appreciate this site. If you need copy editing, proofreading, formatting, cover design, or online research services, we can help. If you would like to consult with experienced professionals, we do that too. You can browse our services and order online. You write, we tweak, and you keep your voice.