This is the first book of its kind.
Written for authors and self-publishers, this pocket guide takes the worry out of hiring editors, book designers, and book-production freelancers who are true industry professionals—not wannabes.
Author Mary E. Neighbour draws upon thirty years of experience to invitingly and convincingly introduce authors to the intricate world of publishing. Chapters deftly cover:
-Distinctions between wannabes and wizards
-Terminology used by professionals
-Publishing industry standards
-Signs of a true professional
-Sample questions to ask job candidates
-Notes pages, so this guide also serves as a workbook
Don’t hire anyone until you read Wizard or Wannabe!
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)|
About the Author
Passionate about helping authors become indie publishers and making their work shine in the world, with a combined professional expertise of over fifty years in editing and design, this family team has helped authors' books win notable awards like the Ben Franklin, Foreword Reviews IndieFab, Eric Hoffer and Montaigne Medal, IPPY, National Indie Excellence, Nautilus, and more.
Mary is also the author of a work of historical fiction, Speak Right On: Conjuring the Slave Narrative of Dred Scott (Toby Press 2006; Upriver, Downriver Books 2015).
Like Dorothy in Oz, Mary believes there's no place like home, and she does most of her work remotely, occasionally traveling into town to network with authors and book-loving folks from all spheres. In 2019 she organized Indie Author Day - Santa Fe. She is co-founder and past president of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales-Santa Fe and a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). Her other memberships include the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), New Mexico Book Association (NMBA), and New Mexico Book Co-op.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Your Journey from Writer to Self-publisher
Chapter 1: Relationships with Wizards & Wannabes
Chapter 2: How to Spot a True Editor
Chapter 3: How to Spot a True Cover Designer
Chapter 4: How to Spot a True Interior Designer
Chapter 5: How to Spot a True Book Shepherd