Self Publishing & Traditional Publishing Help
Books are labors of blood, sweat, and tears. Bourbon soaked nights and coffee-soaked mornings. If your book is written already, you know this. If it isn’t, it’s good to set your expectations early.
Let’s Talk Books
You’re writing a book?
You want to write a book?
You wrote a book and now don’t know what to do?
Do not write because it will make you money or make you famous. Sure, those things might happen, but they might not (probably won’t), and they’re not enough to keep you going when you’re so tired you can’t form a complete sentence unless it’s uttered by one of your characters or describing something in your book.
• Write because you can’t not write.
• Write because you have something to share with the world.
• Write because there are characters in your head that must come out before they drive you to
Keep a flock of chickens in your backyard and a pool of turtles in the kitchen just to give you something else upon which to fixate.
Writing a book means you have to spend time away from other projects and hobbies. It means you won’t see your friends or your spouse as much. It’s like doing a thesis or dissertation.
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“Katie was a tremendous help to me as a hopeful first-time author. She provided clear, warm, and realistic input on everything from what to expect to the nuts and bolts of how to make it happen.”
Project Audit & Book Proposal Review
Helen Lawson, Spot On Communications
Does This Sound Like You?
Working on a book proposal but not sure if you’re on the right track? Have a book idea you need to talk through how to finish and next steps? Super confused and want someone experienced to review your writing and give you some tips?
FANTASTIC! I have a nifty little package JUST FOR YOU! You can sign up for it right this very second below. If you want to know more about this package, click here.
Book Packaging for Self Publishing
Are you self publishing? Make your life easier and hire a book packager!
I will guide you through every step of the process and make sure that you are proud of your “baby.” These are the self-publishing steps:
- Book outline
- Design layout & cover
- Content editing
- Layout (Price depends on book and number of pictures
- Galley (Layout) review
- Industry expert review
- Edits to design (Included in price if designer was given copy edited manuscript)
- Files prepared for printing/uploading (Included in layout price)
- Files uploaded—book published (Included in layout price for up to four platforms.)
“My best piece of advice, find someone good like Katie Elzer-Peters to help you. You have to put up some money up front but I am thrilled, delighted, and over-the-moon happy with how my book turned out.” ~ Carol Michel, Author of Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life
ISBN purchase. $40-$250. ($250 gives you a package of 10 ISBNs)
Printed copy of book: $10-$30 depending on book type and vendor.
Typically The Garden of Words starts working with the writer during step 4, but can step in at
If The Garden of Words is packaging the book, copyediting and proofreading are required steps. The cost of these two steps is highly dependent on manuscript length and type.
Indexing and industry expert review are optional steps.
If you are self-publishing a novel or picture-light non-fiction book, a minimum budget will be between $3,150 and $5,000. If you are publishing a picture-heavy how-to type of book, budget needs between $6,000 and $8,500 and those are fairly cost-effective estimates based on working with The Garden of Words. These budget estimates include development editing, cover design, interior layout design, book production layout, proofreading, copyediting, file preparation, and upload.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: This pricing is for estimate only. If you have a project you’d like to discuss, please sign up for a 15 minute free discovery call. You’ll fill out a form with a bit of info and then we can chat. If it sounds like we should keep working together we’ll decide next steps.
Know what you want? Confused, but think I can help?
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The Small Menu
A La Carte Services
Book Proposal Development
Put your best foot forward by developing a compelling proposal to shop around to industry specific publishers. Includes research about comp titles, developing an outline, writing the key selling points, suggesting categories, writing author bio & platform description, query letter, and suggested contacts at publishers related to your book.
Once your book is finished you’re going to need to market it. I have two fantastic PR people I can refer you to, but you’re STILL going to have to do quite a bit of marketing on your own. Luckily, I have some packages that will make this super duper easy for you. Check them out here >
Book Editing & Ghost Writing
Need someone to polish your writing before it goes to your publisher? Need help WRITING your book? That can all be arranged. These prices and options are strictly for development editing and writing, and do not include copy-editing, book packaging, design, or uploading for print.
$50 per 1,000 words for first edit.
Hourly at $100/hour for second and additional read-throughs.
Development editing includes structural editing (nonfiction books) and continuity/story editing (fiction), light sentence re-writing, grammar and sentence structure review, and questions for the author to flesh out the manuscript. The first round is a hard edit, and aims to catch most of what’s needed. The second and any subsequent reviews in doc or galley form are intended to be lighter and take less time.
$100/hour or per-project fee
Sometimes the project is too much and you need to call in reinforcements to help. Ghost writing pricing includes one round of edits. Subsequent rounds are invoiced at $100/hour.
Hourly at $50/hour or priced per 1,000 words
Books under 10,000 words might be assessed a flat fee.