Kurt B. Ellis

Science Fiction and Contemporary Fiction Author

Decisions Before Publishing? – “New Pangaea – Utopia of Revenge: A Rigid Dystopian Society in a Post-Apocalyptic world”

Decisions Before Publishing?

Today, I’m discussing critical elements you’ll need to decide before publishing your book.

Each publisher has specific book publishing requirements.    

And having these elements decided upon and organized for easy access will make your publishing experience much smoother and faster.

These upfront decisions will help to avoid unnecessary delays in your publishing process.

Hi. This is Kurt B. Ellis, a science fiction and contemporary fiction author who self-publishes with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

Stay tuned, and let me share information about the critical elements needed before publishing a book.

What Are the Critical Elements?

So what are the critical elements needed?

I will use an example for the short story I’m working on. It’s a spinoff of a book I published in March 2022 called “New Pangaea – Utopia of Revenge: A Rigid Dystopian Society in a Post-Apocalyptic World.”

First, you’ll need to decide the book type: Kindle, paperback, or audiobook. Each type will have different elements, although there are some similarities.

For today’s discussion, I will be talking about the paperback publishing requirements.

The most obvious are the manuscript, cover, and titles, all of which must meet strict publishing guidelines.

The manuscript must be correctly preformatted before submission to avoid rejections.

Likewise, the book cover must meet the size, formatting, and color requirements.

And the title and perhaps any subtitle must meet requirements as well.

Then, some critical elements are not so obvious.

For example, what language will be used? Will there be multiple book languages?

Will your book be part of a series? If so, you’ll need to have a series title and description.

What is your edition number?

What is your author’s name? Are you using a pen name? Are there other contributors to your book you want to mention?

You’ll need a book description submitted in the correct format.

You’ll need to establish publishing rights.

You’ll need keywords and categories. I’ve covered the great importance of these in previous videos.

You’ll need to establish if you have adult content.

You’ll need to obtain your own ISBN or use a free KDP ISBN.

You’ll need to set a publication date.

You’ll need to set print options: what are the ink and paper types, trim size, bleed settings, and cover finish?

You’ll need to set your territories or worldwide rights.

You’ll need to set your primary marketplace.

And lastly, you’ll need to set your pricing, royalty, and scope of distribution.

All of the above need to be established before you hit send.

And one last thing. I highly recommend that you preview your book before submitting it.

This is your last chance to review all details before sending.

So you can see, there is a fair bit of work to do before publishing beyond the book manuscript, cover and titles.

Thank You for Your Time

Stay tuned for my soon-to-be-released short story. Also, click on the links below and give my books a try.

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