The Authors Guild Guide to Self-Publishing

Chapter 3: Other Self-Publishing Assistance

Aside from self-publishing service companies and other distributors, you’ll find that many publishing professionals are willing to help you at a cost.

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Literary Agent Assistance

Some literary agents are ready and willing to assist both existing clients and new ones with the self-publishing process. But before you accept their help, you should understand what you may be gaining or giving up—especially when it comes to long-term earnings.

Hiring Editorial Freelancers

Knowing how to hire the right freelancers is another critical skill for the independent author. Those who are unfamiliar with the book business can sometimes stumble in their self-publishing efforts by not fully understanding the what happens during each phase of the editing, production, distribution, and marketing process. By having clarity on the function and purpose of each step of book publishing, as explained in this chapter, authors can be smarter about hiring the right amount of help at the right price.

Hybrid Book Publishing Services

We’ll also look at the offerings of hybrid publishers, which can be hard to distinguish from other service providers—and even charge you even more than non-hybrid service providers, with little added benefit. You’ll learn how to ask the right questions of these hybrids.

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