Southern California Publishing

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We help authors throughout Southern California get their books published. Do you want to see your novel or non-fiction book in print? Do you want to do it yourself through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and other retailers but don’t know how to get started. Need someone to format your book for publishing or a professionally designed book cover? At Public Author, we offer all of those services and more.

We are here to empower Southern California authors to self-publish. Public Author offers a wide variety of publishing services to help authors get their manuscript finished and in print, including:

  • Manuscript Editing
  • Book Formatting (both print and e-book)
  • Cover Designing
  • Assistance with Distribution and Setting-up Retail Accounts
  • Author Website Designing
  • Marketing Strategies and Social Media
  • Uploading to a Print Publisher
  • Uploading to E-book Retailers
  • Series Branding and Author Branding Assistance

What is self publishing? When an author self publishes, he or she is the one who is publishing a book, instead of going through a publisher. The author is printing the book and providing an e-book version to all the major retailers. The author is also keeping the lion’s share of all sales (often 60-70%), instead of a publisher taking it. At Public Author, we help writers to self publish. With our expertise, self-publishing becomes much easier. We do the tasks that you can’t do yourself. Your book is still published by you, we just help you through the process.

Hire us for what you need: Not everyone needs help with everything, which is why we offer our publishing services both in Package Deals and à la carte. You only pay for what you need; there is no reason to hire us for any unnecessary extras.

Great alternative to a Vanity Press: A Vanity Press is a company that charges its clients thousands or ten of thousands of dollars to do many of the things we do. Adding insult to injury, they often take a percentage of your sales profits too. We are the smarter choice. At Public Author, we charge only one-time fees and our pricing is reasonable.

Where will my books be available? Southern California Authors who use Public Author’s services have self published books through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace, Kobo, Apple, Scribd, and Draft 2 Digital. Some have sold their books through independent bookstores; others have had their books placed in public libraries. Our authors have their books available for sale in both Print and E-book editions. So can you. Contact us and learn how we can help you get your book published.

How much will it cost? We charge only one-time fees for our professional services. We never charge a percentage of your royalties. We never charge outrageous fees for “marketing packages” that vanity presses charge. Instead, we charge fair rates for the professional author services that you need, and only for those services you need. Learn more at ourPricing page.

Do you have more questions? See our FAQ page to find answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions that others have had.

Ready to get started? Contact Public Author today by using our Contact Page. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Christian Self Publishing Help

iStock_000018076345SmallWe help Christian authors get their books self published. Do you want to see your novel or non-fiction book in print? Do you want to do it yourself through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Family Christian Stores, and other retailers but don’t know how to get started. Need someone to format your book for publishing or a professionally designed book cover? At Public Author, we offer all of those services and more.

We are here to empower Christian authors to self-publish. Public Author offers a wide variety of publishing services to help authors get their manuscript finished and in print, including:

  • Manuscript Editing
  • Book Formatting (both print and e-book)
  • Cover Designing
  • Assistance with Distribution and Setting-up Retail Accounts
  • Author Website Designing
  • Marketing Strategies and Social Media
  • Uploading to a Print Publisher
  • Uploading to E-book Retailers
  • Series Branding and Author Branding Assistance

What is self publishing? When an author self publishes, he or she is the one who is publishing a book, instead of going through a publisher. The author is printing the book and providing an e-book version to all the major retailers. The author is also keeping the lion’s share of all sales (often 60-70%), instead of a publisher taking it. At Public Author, we help Christian writers to self publish. With our expertise, self-publishing becomes much easier. We do the tasks that you can’t do yourself. Your book is still published by you, we just help you through the process.

Hire us for what you need: Not everyone needs help with everything, which is why we offer our publishing services both in Package Deals and à la carte. You only pay for what you need; there is no reason to hire us for any unnecessary extras.

Book on a wooden tableGreat alternative to a Vanity Press: A Vanity Press is a company that charges its clients thousands or ten of thousands of dollars to do many of the things we do. Adding insult to injury, they often take a percentage of your sales profits too. We are the smarter choice. At Public Author, we charge only one-time fees and our pricing is reasonable.

Where will my books be available? Christian Authors who use Public Author’s services have self published books through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace, Kobo, Apple, Scribd, and Draft 2 Digital. Some have sold their books through independent bookstores and Christian bookstores; others have had their books placed in public libraries. Our authors have their books available for sale in both Print and E-book editions. So can you. Contact us and learn how we can help you get your book published.

How much will it cost? We charge only one-time fees for our professional services. We never charge a percentage of your royalties. We never charge outrageous fees for “marketing packages” that vanity presses charge. Instead, we charge fair rates for the professional author services that you need, and only for those services you need. Learn more at our Pricing page.

Do you have more questions? See our FAQ page to find answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions that others have had.

Ready to get started? Contact Public Author today by using our Contact Page. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Self Publishing Help

iStock_000013018311XSmallWe help authors get their books self published. Do you want to see your novel or non-fiction book in print? Do you want to do it yourself through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and other retailers but don’t know how to get started. Need someone to format your book for publishing or a professionally designed book cover? At Public Author, we offer all of those services and more.

We are here to empower authors to self-publish. Public Author offers a wide variety of publishing services to help authors get their manuscript finished and in print, including:

  • Manuscript Editing
  • Book Formatting (both print and e-book)
  • Cover Designing
  • Assistance with Distribution and Setting-up Retail Accounts
  • Author Website Designing
  • Marketing Strategies and Social Media
  • Uploading to a Print Publisher
  • Uploading to E-book Retailers
  • Series Branding and Author Branding Assistance

What is self publishing? When an author self publishes, he or she is the one who is publishing a book, instead of going through a publisher. The author is printing the book and providing an e-book version to all the major retailers. The author is also keeping the lion’s share of all sales (often 60-70%), instead of a publisher taking it. At Public Author, we help writers to self publish. With our expertise, self-publishing becomes much easier. We do the tasks that you can’t do yourself. Your book is still published by you, we just help you through the process.

Hire us for what you need: Not everyone needs help with everything, which is why we offer our publishing services both in Package Deals and à la carte. You only pay for what you need; there is no reason to hire us for any unnecessary extras.

Great alternative to a Vanity Press: A Vanity Press is a company that charges its clients thousands or ten of thousands of dollars to do many of the things we do. Adding insult to injury, they often take a percentage of your sales profits too. We are the smarter choice. At Public Author, we charge only one-time fees and our pricing is reasonable.

Where will my books be available? Authors who use Public Author’s services have self published books through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace, Kobo, Apple, Scribd, and Draft 2 Digital. Some have sold their books through independent bookstores; others have had their books placed in public libraries. Our authors have their books available for sale in both Print and E-book editions. So can you. Contact us and learn how we can help you get your book published.

How much will it cost? We charge only one-time fees for our professional services. We never charge a percentage of your royalties. We never charge outrageous fees for “marketing packages” that vanity presses charge. Instead, we charge fair rates for the professional author services that you need, and only for those services you need. Learn more at our Pricing page.

Do you have more questions? See our FAQ page to find answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions that others have had.

Ready to get started? Contact Public Author today by using our Contact Page. We look forward to hearing from you.

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What is Thomas Nelson up to?

iStock_000008393401XSmall[1]I have just noticed something odd on Amazon: hundreds of books released by Thomas Nelson lists the publisher as the author. You might expect that on their releases that are collective works like Bible translations, but why stuff from well-known Christian authors? Books by Charles Stanley, John C. Maxwell, and Sarah Young have the author’s name scrubbed. Is this an attempt to improve their brand name at the expense of their authors? Or is this just sloppy uploading of the books’ data by someone in their offices? I’m not certain, but I find it weird. We aren’t talking just a handful of titles here, but dozens upon dozens.

See for yourself at Amazon. My first thought was that maybe it was a glitch with that retailer, but when I checked Barnes and Noble online, the same thing came up. (Here’s the Barnes and Noble search results link). However, I didn’t find the same issue at Family Christian’s online store.

I don’t think this is some grand conspiracy to steal the spotlight from deserving authors, but it does make me question how professional their team is. Thomas Nelson isn’t some small outfit- they are a division of HarperCollins, one of the Big 5 Publishers here in the USA. (By they way, I checked the parent’s company works and didn’t find this happening- HarperCollins only claimed authorship to some media tie-in books and some collaborative works like dictionaries.)

Did they do this on purpose? So why are they claiming to be the “author” of books where they have only been the publisher? If done purposefully, then they are hurting their authors’ works, for most readers would search by the author’s name, not the publisher’s. Most have no clue who the publisher is and really don’t care about that. So why is the publisher now claiming to be the author of the work? Well, at least they didn’t purge their names from the actual cover images.

Is this just an oft-repeated error? More likely, this is a mistake from someone in Thomas Nelson’s office. Maybe this is just a data-entry error that keeps getting repeated with every new upload. But if that is the case, you need to wonder about their quality control. Has no one higher up in the company ever bothered to check their products at Amazon or Barnes and Noble to make sure everything is correct?

Frankly, if I were one of their authors I would feel rather insulted by their actions. What are your thoughts on this odd claim to authorship? Is it purposeful or just bumbling?

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Help for Christian Authors

iStock_000018076345SmallAre you a Christian writer who wants to see your manuscript get into print? We at Public Author can help. We are an author publishing services company that specializes in helping writers get their manuscript ready for publication.

Public Author helps Christian authors to self-publish or to get their manuscript ready for submission to an established publisher. Our services include e-book formatting, print book formatting, cover designing, editing, uploading to distributors, and much more.

At Public Author we do NOT charge a percentage of your royalties. We do NOT charge outrageous prices for expensive “packages” like a vanity press. Instead, at Public Author we charge one-time, reasonable fees for our services. We do offer bundled services as packages, but those are discounted deals to save you money.

Our authors have had their books sold through many popular booksellers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Family Christian Stores, Apple, Scribd, and more.

Planning to self-publish? We specialize in helping Christian authors self publish, helping to format a manuscript and getting it uploaded to the most popular book selling sites. We also help Christian authors create print versions of their book.

Wondering about prices? Here is a simple chart that shows the package deals we offer.

Package Pricing Chart

For more details on what we charge for various services, see our Pricing Page.

Ready to get started? Contact Public Author by filling out our Contact Form. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Learn More

We provide editing services.

We design book covers. View our Book Cover Portfolio.

See our Pricing List for details on costs.

Find answers to common questions on our FAQ page.

We design Author Websites. View our Website Portfolio.

We format books, both print and e-book.

Contact us for a free consultation on what services would best fit your needs.

Thank you for your interest in Public Author.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Help Publishing Books

iStock_000013018311XSmallWe help authors get their books published. Public Author helps writers get their manuscripts ready to publish by offering help with e-book formatting, print book formatting, cover design, uploading to book distributors, and much more.

Need help self publishing? We are here to empower authors to self-publish. We also help authors prepare their manuscript for submission to an established publisher.

Authors who use Public Author’s services have published books through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace, Kobo, Apple, Scribd, and Draft 2 Digital. So can you. Contact us and learn how we can help you get your book published.

Public Author charges only one-time fees for their professional services. We never charge a percentage of your royalties. We never charge outrageous fees for “package deals” that vanity presses charge. Instead, we charge fair rates for the professional author services that you need, and only for those services you need.

Ready to get started? Contact Public Author today by using our Contact Page. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Tracking Your Book Sales

One of the authors that we work with, Eric Lorenzen, recently posted some excellent advice on tracking your book sales. He included a simple Excel spreadsheet so that other authors could upload it and use it. Here is his article:


 

This post is meant for my fellow writers.  Because I self-publish through my own company (Reader Hill), I am responsible for tracking my book sales from quite a few different distribution channels. To do so, I’ve created spreadsheet with a page for each book. I thought I would share it online in case any other authors might want it.

I use a simple Excel spreadsheet with auto-sum formulas for each column. Here’s a screen shot of the form for those who are curious:

Book Sales Spreadsheet Photo

For each month, I track quantity sold, money earned, and quantity given away. I do this for each book that I’ve published. Using simple auto-sum formulas, the form then gives my a monthly total for all the data in each column.

Lower down on the spreadsheet, I add up the yearly Quantity Totals and yearly Income Totals.

At the bottom of the spreadsheet you will see that there are tabs for each book. I write in the book’s name there and in the top left box.

If you are interested in using the form, it is attached below:

Book Sales Template 2015

I hope this helps some of my fellow writers.

Thanks for reading, Eric

(copyright Eric Lorenzen, used with permission. From EricLorenzen.com)


 

We hope that some of you find this a useful resource for tracking your book sales.

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