Are You Writing Your First Book?

Are you writing a book of 50 to 200 pages?

Do you plan to find an editor to work with you to ensure your book is professional in all ways?

Do you plan to self-publish?

Are you concerned about cost?

If so, here are more ideas for saving money:

1. Before you write, decide how you’ll structure your content.

2. Will you have chapter titles and/or subtitles or any other internal section ones?

3. If so, what size and specific font do you want for each? Often titles are in a plain font such as Arial with the text in a different font, such as Times.

4. What color will the titles be? They could be just plain black, like your content probably is, or you might want them to be in a different color to stand out.

5. Will you bold them? Italicize them? Underline them?

6. Will you have checklists at the end of each chapter for readers to jot down their thoughts? What will they look like? Colorful? Not? Size?

It takes a lot of time for an editor / copyeditor to go back through 100+ pages and check for each of these, and it can be costly.

As the author, it’s your money or your time: I can certainly check for these issues in the draft … or you can decide upfront what you want and save yourself a bundle.

For an earlier post on this topic, click here.