Producing A Self-Published Book: What You Didn’t Know…

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog.

The first time I did this the steps seemed endless. There’s content editors, copy editors, illustrators, formatters, proofreaders, bluelines, and printers. And with my second book it’s not much less endless. While a publishing schedule is lengthy, taking months to wend through, on the sidelines are those waving flags of support, like at a marathon—the lone runner wobbling from side to side, tongue out, worried that the last mile will definitely be the last even if well short of 26.  But if you support a self-publisher by buying a book, you inadvertently (or perhaps now and then advertently) support a handful of self-employed specialists. Being a ‘self-publisher’ means the writer hires the expert staff that produces the book. For Bonsai Heresy, this team includes three paid contractors and one astonishingly loyal friend. One reason self-publishers are self-publishers _____________________________ For those clueless about what I’m referring to—likely more than a few of you—we’re in the final phases of producing Bonsai Heresy, a book about the mistaken notions embedded in our beloved Western bonsai practice, and offering a combination of science, tradition, and anecdote as alternatives. For more about it: New Book: Bonsai Heresy The Publishing Team of Bonsai Heresy: I’m thrilled that Mary Russell is returning, the amazing copy editor of Post-Dated, to tackle this much longer and more complicated text. Currently the book is being copy edited, using feathers and other delicate polishing devices. http://russelleditorialservices.com Also returning from the Post-Dated adventure is the great Portland-based book designer Jennifer Omner, whose design of my…

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