Small Press Publishing | What Can It Do For You?

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small press publishingOver this past weekend, I attended the Willamette Writers Conference. The annual gathering of writers, publishers, agents and creatives is a great time to connect and learn about the craft and business of writing books. It’s also a great time to figure out what everyone’s talking about and this year, it was small press publishing. 

Before we go into what small press publishing is and what it means to you as a memoir author (or any other kind of writer, really) I feel it’s important to talk about just how “on trend” writers can be. Fifteen years ago, I first heard of self-publishing books. Then it was crowdfunding. My first discussion about the viability of podcasting came at a conference.

Get enough writers together in the same room and they’ll talk. You can usually get a pretty good idea of what’s hot, what’s new, and where to put your energy next.

WHAT IS SMALL PRESS PUBLISHING?

In some ways, the “small press” definition can be viewed as inconsequential. The reality of the publishing world says that there are five major publishing companies (known to most as the New York Five) and then there are all the rest.

Most new authors strive for the biggest publishing house (or deal) they can imagine. They’ve been to the bookstore, they talk to their friends, they see the books that end up becoming movies. These books are, in most cases, brought out by the big five publishers. They are the most recognizable books, written by the most famous authors, taking up the most prominent places on the bookstore shelves.

Does that mean those big five publishers are the only places where authors cam achieve their goals? Absolutely not. In fact, the viability and accessibility of small press publishers are precisely why so many authors are talking about them. It’s also why you should consider this as a path for your book.

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HOW TO MAKE SMALL PRESS PUBLISHING WORK FOR YOUR CAREER

If you’re hellbent on a big five publisher, you can stop reading right now. If you’re open to the idea of finding different, perhaps more accessible routes for your book, keep reading.

Small press publishing isn’t a concession. I would be willing to guess that somewhere on your kindle or bookshelf you’ve got a book released by one. For many writers, most I would say, working with a smaller publishing house makes a lot of sense. A small press publisher generally publishes fewer books each year, works with fewer authors, and offers a more limited reach.

What does that mean for you? If you publish your memoir with a small press you’ll have a more prominent place in the publisher’s catalog. In general, small presses don’t buy books they don’t believe in, so their acceptance means your path to success could be cultivated. 

The idea of limited reach may put some authors out, but that’s not necessarily true. In my experience, small press publishers know their market. They’re not, like the big five publishers, going to saturate the media with images of you and your book. They know how to get to readers interested in what they publish. 

PROS & CONS | WHAT ARE THEY?

I know quite a few small press publishers. Every one of them works with their authors on a close, personal level, making sure their needs are met. You don’t hear about authors getting “lost in the shuffle” in working with these more intimate houses. If they only publish five books a year, and yours is one of them, you’d better believe they’re in your corner. 

Publishing is a business and that means, somewhere in the process, the choice comes down to money. The advances from a small publisher are smaller – there is no way around that. Again though, smaller advances don’t necessarily translate to bad deals. You want your book to “earn out” and that can be really difficult for smaller books (or bigger advances).

The final advantage, one that I think many writers overlook, and that is the reality that you don’t necessarily need an agent. Yes, an agent can negotiate a better deal for you. However, finding an agent means another layer of acceptance. Even if you get one, they still have to sell your book for you.

SMALL PRESS PUBLISHING | BOTTOM LINE

There is no blanket right or wrong answer to the question of where you should go with your book.  Ultimately, you know what feels right. 

The fact remains that the publishing business is booming right now. It’s booming in all facets, from traditional to self-publishing, to the small press route in the middle. With so many options available, it’s the wrong time to limit your search. 

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I hope this blog addressed some of your questions about small press publishing. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. 

memoir writing promptsHave you always wanted to write your life story? Do you ever sit down to write but find you get lost? Do you struggle to get the story down the right way?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, memoir ghostwriting may be the best solution for you. 

I believe every one of us has a book in us. If you’re trying to write a memoir, or considering it, now is a great time (actually, it may be the best time). I have written a book, Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know to help you get off the ground. 

Don’t wait. Get your free eBook Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know by clicking here to download today.

I created this volume to be short and easy to read. My goal is to help you understand everything you need to know, from getting started, to all the reasons why now is a great time to write that book.

Contact For A Service Quote

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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Ghostwriter Rates Explained!

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Most of my clients end up shopping around before hiring me. If you have read anything I’ve written about hiring a ghostwriter over the years, I recommend everyone talk to a few ghostwriters before committing to one. After all, how will you know who you resonate with until you talk to them? All that shopping is a great first step, however, it can cause confusion when it comes to ghostwriter rates. 

Hiring a ghostwriter for your book or screenplay project is quite a unique experience. Like most professional services, the cost between any two providers can be wildly different. In my twenty year career, I’ve seen ghostwriter rates in such a wide range that I sometimes wonder whether the two providers are actually providing the same thing.

One writer says they can get the job done for a hundred bucks. Another wants one thousand. What accounts for the difference between the two? In this blog, I’m going to help sort that out.

GHOSTWRITER RATES AND EXPERIENCE

The first factor I look at when I examine ghostwriter rates is experience. How long you’ve been professionally writing, and the level of expertise you bring, helps determine rate.

Take the big providers like Fiverr and Upwork. These websites offer a wide selection of freelance professionals, largely available at steeply discounted rates. That’s the appeal. Right now you can go on either of those sites and find “professional ghostwriters” for less than five cents a word.

Why do I throw quotes around professional ghostwriters in this instance? Because a nickel a word is hardly a professional ghostwriter rate. The writer behind that profile is, very likely, inexperienced in their trade. Even if they’ve written a lot, they haven’t worked with clients for long enough.

The higher the rate, the more likely the writer is a true professional. 

DO CREDITS COUNT?

I’ll answer that straight off. Of course they do. If you know some of my theories on hiring ghostwriters, you understand that you should ask for one of two things: references or samples. 

In most instances, the proof is in the quality of the writing.

If you’re interviewing a ghostwriter and they quote you a cut rate for their time (anything under twenty cents a word) it is quite likely that they don’t have samples. If they do have something to show you then it likely doesn’t demonstrate the high standard of quality content you’re looking for.

What do the samples look like? Have they published a book similar to yours? If they have, does it reflect the level of the quality you’re looking for? 

Do the references speak highly of them? Would they rehire them for another project? 

If the answer is no, you probably need to look elsewhere. 

GHOSTWRITER RATES: PROFESSIONALISM

Here is a factor most shoppers don’t look for – professionalism. Does the person you’re interviewing manage themselves like a professional?

Are they effective, thorough communicators? 

Do they offer services with the kind of flexibility you’ll probably need to finish the project?

Have they presented reasonable timelines?

If you answered yes to these questions then you’re probably dealing with a professional ghostwriter. A talent for putting words on the page counts for a lot, but if that comes with difficulties in these areas, you’re probably not going to be happy.

How does this affect ghostwriter rates? Professionals know what they are worth. They understand the extra value that comes with that touch.   

GHOSTWRITER RATES: YOUR BOTTOM LINE

You get what you pay for. You’ve probably heard that before.

My advice is this. Take the time to interview a few ghostwriters in your process. Ask a lot of questions. If you don’t like those answers, or you find yourself compromising your standards on any of the following areas, it’s probably not going to be a good fit.

I don’t know, you may end up getting lucky. I am of the belief, however, that more often than not, you make your own luck when it comes to hiring decisions.  

From my experience talking to clients and colleagues, you can start by looking at the ghostwriter rates. Too low is too much of a risk. 

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I hope this blog addressed some of your questions about ghostwriter rates. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. 

memoir writing promptsHave you always wanted to write your life story? Do you ever sit down to write but find you get lost? Do you struggle to get the story down the right way? If you answered yes to either of these questions, memoir ghostwriting may be the best solution for you. 

I believe every one of us has a book in us. If you’re trying to write a memoir, or considering it, now is a great time (actually, it may be the best time). I have written a book, Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know to help you get off the ground. 

Don’t wait. Get your free eBook Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know by clicking here to download today.

I created this volume to be a short and easy to read. The goal is to help you understand everything you need to know, from getting started to all the reasons why now is a great time to write a book.

Contact For Ghostwriter Services

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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Book Layout Design Matters | Reasons To Invest In A Pro

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Independent publishing has opened the doors for authors in ways nobody could have imagined. A decade ago, the idea of indie author success seemed nearly impossible; even five years ago, reaching an audience seemed highly unlikely. Today self-publishing authors have firmly placed their mark on the book world, a trend that doesn’t seem likely to reverse. An often overlooked element of that is solid book layout design. 

If you’re an indie or self-published author, you’ve probably read a lot about how to write. Everything from character development to world building are staple articles. You’re probably aware that, once your story is written, you’re going to need an editor. 

How does your book get that professional look though? Professional design layout transforms your manuscript into a real book.

Book Layout Design Terminology

Before going any further, let’s establish some basic vocabulary. Here are a few terms you need to understand before exploring the book design layout process.

The first term you need to know is manuscript. A manuscript is any written material, usually hand written or in computer file form, that has not been published. If your book file is still on your computer then you’re working with a manuscript. 

The second term is format. You can’t simply upload your manuscript from Word (or whatever program you use) into Amazon. Take a look at some indie books on Amazon. Even first time self-publishing authors produce books that look professional (think of interior graphics, a table of contents and a smooth print layout, to name a few). Your book needs to be in the proper format before uploading to Amazon, or any other platform. 

The last term is publishing. This one may seem obvious, but it’s worth defining. By publishing your book, you’re making it available to the public. In self-publishing, you’re doing the work of a publisher in order to make your book available to readers. 

How To Get A Professional Look

There are a lot of readers out there that love indie books. I’m one of them. I find that independent and self-publishing authors create unique material, stuff that conventionally published authors do not. 

Regardless of our taste in what we read, however, readers want a professional looking book. They want to open a book, print or eBook, that feels every bit as polished as their conventional counterparts. 

You simply cannot expect to have any success as an independent or self-publishing author without a professional looking product. If someone told you that, they were wrong. 

I provide high-quality book design layout for a rate any independent and self-publishing author can easily afford. The book files I create work on every on-line eBook platform and can be used to publish print books through every major retailer. 

When I design and layout your book, your readers won’t know the book was self-published. Offering quick turn around times and revisions, I can give you a book you’ll be proud of.

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I hope this blog addressed some of your questions about book layout design. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. 

memoir writing promptsHave you always wanted to write your life story? Do you ever sit down to write but find you get lost? Do you struggle to get the story down the right way? If you answered yes to either of these questions, memoir ghostwriting may be the best solution for you. 

I believe every one of us has a book in us. If you’re trying to write a memoir, or considering it, now is a great time (actually, it may be the best time). I have written a book, Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know to help you get off the ground. 

Don’t wait. Get your free eBook Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know by clicking here to download today.

I created this volume to be a short and easy to read. The goal is to help you understand everything you need to know, from getting started to all the reasons why now is a great time to write a book.

Contact For Ghostwriter Services

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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Professional Ghostwriting Service | Why It’s Right For You

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professional ghostwriting serviceContent is king. If you’re in business, from authors to entrepreneurs, you understand the constant need to reach an audience. How do you accomplish that? A steady stream of content. From novels to marketing scripts to screenplays, a professional ghostwriting service is a strong asset, worthy of investment. 

Content is broadly defined. However you choose to describe it, content is a necessary aspect of building an audience. For aspiring authors, content is the novel or short story that connects them to readers. A business professional using YouTube, needs a well-written video script to find new customers. For a person with a personal message, a high quality memoir is the difference between having an audience and looking for one.

There is a reason I place such a strong emphasis on content. In today’s market, with the boundaries for publication and production coming down, there is no excuse. 

Someone is going to reach your target audience. If you’re committed to being the one to reach them, then professional ghostwriting services are for you. 

Professional Ghostwriting Service: Why It Works

Here are a few of the many reasons you should invest in a professional ghostwriting service.

  1. Ghostwriters offer a professional quality to your content. Hiring a professional to your writing project assures you of bringing experience to the job.
  2. With a ghostwriter, you are free to open yourself up to tackling other more critical aspects of your business. Let’s be honest, it takes a lot of time to get writing right. If you’re running a small business, focusing on the myriad of everyday duties and obligations, you can hardly afford to commit time to writing. 
  3. Investing in professional ghostwriting services gives you valuable peace of mind. Everyone wants content to come out just right. Bringing a pro onto the job assures you of that.  
  4. Ghostwriters focus on the writing so you don’t have to. With all of those other obligations, it can be hard to give your writing project the attention it deserves. Don’t put your content second any more! A professional writer commits full time energy and focus to your project. 
  5. Working with a ghostwriter allows you to look at the big picture. I’ve heard this from numerous clients before: when you have a professional working on the writing, it allows you a clear headed look at the big picture.  
  6. Hiring professional ghostwriting services is an affordable solution. Ghostwriting rates fluctuate widely between providers, often depending on expertise and experience, but if you get the right pro for your job, the value is there. 
  7. Ghostwriters know your market. Creating killer content alone isn’t enough. In today’s competitive market, you need to make sure your book is available where your readers are. Invest in quality writing with an eye for reaching your audience. 
  8. Using a ghostwriter is a key aspect of expanding your reach. Whatever your message, bringing out new material allows you to build on your audience. Developing a relationship with a high-quality professional allows you to grow your message.   
  9. Professional ghostwriting services are reliable. This is the bottom line. Getting your story out to an audience requires a commitment. Hiring a professional for your creative team gives you the invaluable assurance that the work gets done, is delivered on time, and the highest quality.   

Invest In Reaching Your Audience Today

These are just a few of the countless reasons you should consider investing in a high-quality professional ghostwriting service. In my experience, those that make the investment in services like mine, end up with better content. Better content reaches a much wider audience. 

Professional ghostwriting services are a dynamic means of delivering to your audience.

They’re out there right now! Why not make the investment in reaching them. 

Whatever your business, interest, experience, or niche, bringing someone in to help cultivate your story is a bold and rewarding step. Is ghostwriting worth the investment? In my experience, and that of my clients, it certainly has been. 

Over the course of my career, I’ve worked with producers to develop film properties. Authors, stuck on where to take their story, have benefitted from ghostwriting and editorial consultation. People with an exciting and unique life story, eager to reach readers through a memoir, have seen their professionally written books reach new heights. 

As I said at the start of this blog, content is king. In this modern age, reaching an audience isn’t just a dream to consider. It’s a real possibility worthy of your pursuit. 

I hope this blog addressed some of your questions about a professional ghostwriting service. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. 

memoir writing promptsHave you always wanted to write your life story? Do you ever sit down to write but find you get lost? Do you struggle to get the story down the right way? If you answered yes to either of these questions, memoir ghostwriting may be the best solution for you. 

I believe every one of us has a book in us. If you’re trying to write a memoir, or considering it, now is a great time (actually, it may be the best time). I have written a book, Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know to help you get off the ground. 

Don’t wait. Get your free eBook Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know by clicking here to download today.

I created this volume to be a short and easy to read. The goal is to help you understand everything you need to know, from getting started to all the reasons why now is a great time to write a book.

Contact For Ghostwriter Services

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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How To Write A Good Memoir | The Pro Tips

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how to write a good memoirYou’ve got life experience already. You’ve probably been toying with the idea for quite a long time. Now you have to answer the question of how to write a good memoir. 

You can set out with the mission of simply writing a book. Many authors do. The authors that end up successful, and by that I mean, write good books that reach their audience, are those who aspire to write a good one. Quality does not come accidentally. 

I won’t bore you with words of caution you’ve probably heard before. Writing is difficult though. Even for professionals, the so-called experts, writing a good memoir or book presents a challenge. 

Over the course of my career, I have written dozens of books and screenplays. Every single one of them, without fail, has presented its own challenge, either in the character, setting or situation. I have found that the key difference between a professional and someone starting out comes down to the reality that the pros simply have a few more tricks in their arsenal. 

If you’ve been wondering how to write a good memoir, here are a few easy-to-understand tips that can help you get where you want to go.  

Tips For How To Write A Good Memoir

how to write a good memoirThe first advice I give anyone looking to get into writing is be prepared. You can decide to sit down one morning and just start writing, but that might not be the best path.

Do your homework on the subject, however familiar, before you sit down and write. There is a great deal of debate in the writing world between plotting and pantsing. Plotters map out a story in detail, in advance, in order to get clear direction; a pantser flies by the seat of theirs, making it up as they go.

I’m not going to come down on one side or another (at least in this particular blog). I do believe that it is very important to spend at least some time early on in reflection. If you’re writing a personal memoir, look at pictures, read letters, talk to other people involved in the story.

The next piece of advice I give is to really feel your creative freedom. The blank page can be very intimidating to new writers (and experienced ones, too) and the best way to beat that is to start writing. 

I had a writing coach once tell me: “Go wherever the muse takes you.” Over the years, I have taken that advice to mean, let go and just write the story. See where that impulse takes you. However much plotting you do beforehand, give yourself room to experience the magic of creative writing. 

Another thing I tell new writers is to avoid seeking outside feedback; at least too early on in the process. Attaboys from family or friends are good to get you started. They help when you’re struggling with doubt. Remember that those people want to encourage and support you. It’s nice to hear those positive things (believe me, you want positivity)  but so much positivity  can stunt growth. 

Early on, I encourage you to write and focus your attention on getting that story down on the page. Those early scenes, chapters and drafts are definitely going to be raw and in need of refinement. Once you’ve gotten the story down and feel like you’ve reached a good place, find a writing group or a critique partner. Hire a memoir writing coach. 

Why do I advise going to these people over friends? While the people close to us want us to succeed, rarely do they have the skills to make us successful. 

Last, but certainly not least, be open minded to where this new creative journey goes. Even the most meticulous plotters among us deviate from their outlines. The best characters change in their journey onto the page, sometimes quite mysteriously. Sometimes when we start, what we think the story is about is different from what it ends up being.

Creating a story is a dynamic process. Give into that reality. 

Where You Go From Here

Good writing comes as a part of a process. I believe that anyone can do it. 

If you apply these tips to writing your first book, I assure you that it will come a little easier. If you continue to apply them to another, your second book, the process will come a little easier still. Then with your third, or your fourth… well, you get the general idea.

Every writer is a little different. When you start writing, you’ll add to that 

I believe the tools for how to write a good memoir are about acceptance and a particular mindset. It’s about understanding how the writing process works for you.

I hope this blog addressed some of your questions about how to write a good memoir. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. 

memoir writing promptsHave you always wanted to write your life story? Do you ever sit down to write but find you get lost? Do you struggle to get the story down the right way? If you answered yes to either of these questions, memoir ghostwriting may be the best solution for you. 

I believe every one of us has a book in us. If you’re trying to write a memoir, or considering it, now is a great time (actually, it may be the best time). I have written a book, Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know to help you get off the ground. 

Don’t wait. Get your free eBook Memoir Writing: The Nine Things You Need To Know by clicking here to download today.

I created this volume to be a short and easy to read. The goal is to help you understand everything you need to know, from getting started to all the reasons why now is a great time to write a book.

Contact For Ghostwriter Services

erick mertz, ghostwriting services, screenplay ghostwritersIf you are serious about hiring a professional ghostwriter for your book, screenplay, or non-fiction story, or you need help with editing or self-publishing your manuscript, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.

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