Happy Weekend, WG2E-Land!
My DH (Darling Husband) likes to say:
“There’s no ‘I’ in Team”
And he’s sooo right!
Despite the fact that we’re all Indie Epublished/Self-Published Authors, many of us do use a team approach to bringing our Ebooks to Etailers the world over.
Several of you have asked in the comment streams for various posts, as well as emailed me privately, for information regarding who I use for Ebook Editing, Cover Design and Formatting.
Here’s the scoop…
My D. D. Scott Ebook Production Team includes:
1. My fabulous Editor…Meghan Ward
Meghan is just wonderful to work with! She’s made me a better writer. Not only is she teaching me a ton of super-savvy grammatical tips and tricks, she’s also doing an incredible job as my developmental editor. For example, she asked me terrific questions about my characters that help me go deeper inside their heads. Also, she points out where I could add scenes to boost the action in my plots and/or tone it done a bit.
(I spend around $1000 per book for editing…but again, that’s because I have Meghan work with me both on the grammatical and copy-editing fronts as well as on developmental edits too.)
2. My Equally Fabulous Cover Designer…Laura Morrigan
Here’s Laura’s latest design which I am just totally gaga over (for the book Meghan and I completed final edits for this week):
Isn’t it beautiful and totally magickal?! Exactly the mood I was after! I don’t know how she does it, but Laura’s covers “pop” on the screen like none I’ve ever seen! She always makes it feel like you can just jump into my story worlds, and I just luuuvvv that!!!
(Each cover is between $100 and $125.)
3. My Very-Talented Formatters…52 Novels
Rob Siders (the owner) and his superb staff (my personal fave is Rob Reid) are the kings of making wonderful looking Ebooks. I have yet to find Ebooks that read as easily and look as great as those that are done by 52 Novels. I will say that there’s often a long wait, even if you’re scheduled a year in advance, like I am. But, I wait, because I haven’t found anyone who does it better.
(I spend around $180 per Ebook – single-title fiction – on formatting. And that gets me three files – the Kindle file, an epub file and a Smashwords file. That said, Boxed Sets are more – around $275 each. And non-fiction titles have cost me between $300 and $550, depending on how many images are to be included within the text itself.)
My goal has always been to treat my readers to great books for great prices. And my A-mazing D. D. Scott Ebook Production Team helps me hit that goal every time.
Yes, it now costs me around $1500+ per Ebook I write, BUT every single dollar is worth it to me.
A. I’m a Techno Dunce!
I struggle using the simplest of technologies (hell, I just crashed The WG2E site last month…again), and ask my DH, I can break anything! Even our brand new John Deere lawnmower. Yep, I’m mowing the lawn and the damn wheel just falls off! My DH makes things in the garage, like terrific rolling seats and benches, and I hit ‘em with the Jeep (cause I’m too short to see the front end) and there go the cute padded tops. Anyhoo…sorry for the digression…
B. My time is better spent WRITING. That’s how I make money!
I can’t begin to imagine how long it would take me to learn how to design a cover (hell, finding the images takes forever) or format a book. And even after the learning curve is over, my time is money. Every hour I’m not writing something new, I’m not creating new money streams. And Indie Epublishing/Self-Publishing is a business, so maximizing your profit potential is vital.
C. I don’t enjoy doing Techno Crap!
I want to spend my time doing the things I love to do. That’s writing and promoting, not fiddling with things I’ll end up breaking or using as an excuse to increase my four-letter-word vocabulary-yet again.
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: Please share with us your own Production Teams and Resources. Who’s helping you look good on readers’ screens?
The Best of The WG2E Ebook Production Wishes — D. D. Scott
D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing. You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.