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Self-publishing
Vimal Kumar V.
Technical Assistant
Mahatma Gandhi University Library
Kerala
http://vimalkumar.info
24 JUNE 2020, 2 PM
Organised by
Teacher Education College Librarian’s Forum
Mount Carmel College of Teacher Education for Women, Kottayam
Summary
Traditional book publishing
Self-publishing
Copyright
Copyleft
Manuscript preparation
Prepare book for publishing
Publishing methods
Writing is hard
Publishing is easy
Book is a “non-periodical printed
publication of at least 49 pages
excluding covers.”
-UNESCO
Traditional publishing
Book Price
(One copy)
No. of books
sold
Royalty Income to
publisher
Total amount
100 1000 7,500 92,500 100,000
140 1000 10,500 129,500 140,000
200 1000 15,000 185,000 200,000
250 1000 18,750 231,250 250,000
Estimation of royalty to authors@7.5%
Royalty rates in India (Approx) 5%, 7.5%, 10%, 12.5%, and 15%.
Royalty matters

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Self publishing-tec lib-forum-ppt

  • 1. Self-publishing Vimal Kumar V. Technical Assistant Mahatma Gandhi University Library Kerala http://vimalkumar.info 24 JUNE 2020, 2 PM Organised by Teacher Education College Librarian’s Forum Mount Carmel College of Teacher Education for Women, Kottayam
  • 2. Summary Traditional book publishing Self-publishing Copyright Copyleft Manuscript preparation Prepare book for publishing Publishing methods
  • 4. Book is a “non-periodical printed publication of at least 49 pages excluding covers.” -UNESCO
  • 6. Book Price (One copy) No. of books sold Royalty Income to publisher Total amount 100 1000 7,500 92,500 100,000 140 1000 10,500 129,500 140,000 200 1000 15,000 185,000 200,000 250 1000 18,750 231,250 250,000 Estimation of royalty to authors@7.5% Royalty rates in India (Approx) 5%, 7.5%, 10%, 12.5%, and 15%. Royalty matters
  • 7. Traditional publishing Pros and Cons Book publish under a brand name. Professional approach. They manage promotion and sales of the books. Time consuming process. Rigorous review process. Expensive. Don’t expect a decent income. Copyright problems.
  • 8. Why writing is not a full time job? Publishing houses charge the expenses in advance. Discount to customers also affects the author's royalty. Twice in a year, the royalty transfer to the author after the tax deduction. Very few well-known authors receive a higher rate of royalty. Only lucky authors get translation, publishing, and film rights. Popularity, and the respect from the society are the prime factors.
  • 9. Self-publishing Independent publishing process. Author takes the full responsibility. Freedom to take independent decisions. Complete control over the publishing processes.
  • 10. Various approaches in self-publishing Online publishing PDF, EPUB, Kindle, HTML, etc. Paperback Print on Demand, Offset printing Mixed method Both ebook and paperback copies.
  • 11. Self-publishing Pros and Cons Publish within short period of time. Author himself can select professional services. Publish with the support of cutting edge technologies. Ebook and print editions can publish simultaneously. Make available books to anywhere. Lot of misconceptions on self-publishing. Expensive, if author can’t manage processes alone. Pricing of print on demand books little higher. Author need a good peer group support to sell the books. Need to invest more time and money.
  • 12. Book publishing and copyright Often copyright of the books goes to publishers. DRM also restrict the circulation of digital version. IPR restrict the wider circulation of books. Limited number of books sell through traditional channels. Cartoon courtesy: http://newsphonereview.xyz
  • 13. Copyleft Usage increases when the book available free. More readers get the opportunity to use. Opportunity for authors to interact with the readers. Copyleft licenses ensure copyright and the free distribution of works.
  • 14. Creative Commons Suitable for the distribution of creative works. It covers books, movies, plays, music, articles, photographs, website and blogs. Developed in 2002 under the guidance of Lawrence Lessig (Harvard Law School). Four conditions: Share, Attribution, Non-Commercial, No-Derivatives. Build license from here, https://creativecommons.org/choose/
  • 15. Manuscript preparation Use a word processor for the manuscript preparation. Use one word processor you are familiar with. Traditional style word processing with MS Office, LibreOffice. LaTeX also good. Cloud based, Google Docs and MS Office 365.
  • 20. Acquire ISBN The ISBN agency in India is the Raja Rammohun Roy ISBN Agency, located in New Delhi. Online application at http://isbn.gov.in. Publishers and individuals can apply for ISBN. Aadhaar card, passport, address proof and PAN card details need to upload. Apply ISBN for paperback/hardcover/e-book.
  • 22. Acquire ISBN…. The model of Verso page to upload at ISBN site.
  • 23. Acquire ISBN…. The model of title Verso page to upload at ISBN site. For regional language books write title name in English letters.
  • 24. Where to publish? Open Access method Websites and blogs Academic social networks Digital library/repository Book selling Self-publishing agency websites Book selling websites
  • 25. Where to publish?... Websites/Blogs Build a website/blog using Wordpress or other content management system. Make use tools to know usage analytics (e.g. Google Analytics) It’s possible to collect feedback and comments from readers. Academic social networks Research Gate, Academia. LinkedIn etc.
  • 26. Where to publish?... Digital library/IR Deposit in working organisations DL/IR. Deposit in any public DL/IR. e.g. Internet Archive. Commercial sites Self-publishing agencies website Book selling sites. e.g. Amazon
  • 29. Self-publishing in India Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Pothi.com Notion Press Partridge
  • 30. The self-publishing process Prepare the manuscript and cover. Checking process of book meets content and quality guidelines. Enter book details. Choose royalty plan. Publish and promote book. Sales report.
  • 31. Publish through Amazon KDP Decide the book size Download template
  • 32. Publish through Amazon KDP Download a cover template
  • 33. Amazon KDP book cover template
  • 34. Book cover design using LibreOffice Draw
  • 35. Get a free ISBN from Amazon KDP
  • 37. Upload the document and cover
  • 38. Book preview before publishing
  • 39. Book preview before publishing...
  • 41. Pothi.com Print on Demand service Book printing Author services E-book publishing Quick Print, Convert a PDF File to a nicely bound Book.
  • 43. Hybrid method Prepare manuscript yourself or with the help of others. Print the books in local press. Sell through Amazon.in No GST on books Get paid every 7 days
  • 44. Earnings from Amazon Item Amount Print cost /per book (A4, 104 pages BW) Rs. 75 Amazon charge Rs. 89 Total expense Rs. 164 Book price Rs. 350 Author income per book Rs. 186
  • 45. Promotion Social media Webpages Search engine optimisation Friends circles Professional groups.
  • 46. Conclusion Self-publishing is suitable for both academic and non-academic sector. Easiest method to manifest the publishing process. Books get global reach. Author has to acquire the skills to manage the publishing process. Self-publishing authors have to invest more time make it effective.
  • 47. Thanks My books available at vimalkumar.info
  • 48. Helpful links Can Indian authors afford to pursue writing as a full time career? Creative Commons License chooser What is the difference between DPI, PPI, resolution and image size? Raja Rammohun Roy National Agency for ISBN Amazon Seller Central Internet Archive Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Swanthanthra Malayalam Computing Fonts