There are many steps from ideation to publication. Here are some that you may encounter.
Finish the (x) number of drafts where you think it’s in the ballpark.
Send it to a story consultant who helps plug plot holes and character arc issues.
First round with Beta Readers.
First cut with an editor.
Developmental first (Fix things).
Then a line editor.
Then a proofreader.
Second round with Betas
Last run with a proofreader / line editor.
Share with fellow authors to get blurbs.
First convo with publicist(s) about the launch.
Draft promo graphics for FB/Twitter/Insta/TikTok.
Script out a Book Trailer.
Decide what other collateral you want (bookmarks, book club kits, posters).
Identify a cover designer.
Approve your cover. Format for manuscript for print / digital.
If there’s an audio book, hire your narrator / post production team.
Approve the read.
Final work on promo graphics, collateral and video.
Schedule launch and associated activities.
Format audio files for upload.
Upload manuscripts (digital/print) and covers (digital/print) to Amazon.
Order initial author copies for promo use.
Decide whether or not to offer pre-orders.
Start launch countdown on social media.
Get beta reviews up on Amazon and Goodreads.
Post Launch activities – Book tour, podcasts, blogs / magazines.
Submit for awards.
Even in a “traditional” publishing relationship, more and more of these activities fall on the author’s shoulders. Our art is a business and many of us may choose to outsource some of those things that are outside of our core competency. That’s where Ramirez & Clark can help. We’re not your typical publisher. We don’t tell you what to do. We facilitate your success, connecting you with just the resources you want to engage in your journey from ideation to publication. Our connections across the literary landscape can smooth your creative path and let you concentrate on the parts of the process you most enjoy.
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