Book shepherd, mentor, complex formatter
Book production is what I do—unless I am writing. Increasingly, my focus is on helping authors to produce the print and ebook versions they need to self-publish. For the unique problems faced by Christian authors like myself, please check out Reality Calling.
The main thing is that publishing has radically changed. The actual publishing and distributing of the books is free, once you have the artwork ready to upload. You can still go the more traditional route—attempting to get your book into the brick and mortar stores. But for most authors, those venues are down the road a bit. As you begin, you need to get your book released so you can get working on your second book and begin the process of building a name for yourself. As your output develops and matures, you need to make sure it fits in with your plan.
My role varies depending upon your need. I can completely shepherd you through the entire process from concept to release. I can help with the marketing after release. As far as actual book production is concerned, I can prepare the book for you to publish, upload it for you, or teach you how to do it by mentoring you through the process with the use of my books. I’ve been working in publishing production since 1971. Since 2009 I have been writing, producing, and publishing full-time. If you choose me to help, my sharp focus will be on helping you do what you need to do to get your book published.
I received this testimony from an evangelist I have worked with for many years:
Thank you for all the great publishing work you have done for our ministry. You have helped us to produce professional-looking books and products that have been a blessing and benefit to many people. I have recommended your publishing service to a number of people and each one comes back with the same report—they are very happy with your work and have enjoyed working with you. You are doing a great job helping many of us to bring forth the vision that is within our hearts and out onto the printed page where it can be read and received into the hearts of men and women. It reminds me of the skilled workmen who God anointed in the Old Testament to craft the tabernacle and its instruments so that God could have a place to dwell among men. Likewise, God has anointed you as a skilled workman to craft books and materials that can bring forth the presence of God in this New Testament dispensation. You are truly an asset to the Body of Christ.
Tom Shanklin • World Evangelism Fellowship • PO Box 4144 • Mankato, MN 56002 • Website: www.tomshanklin.org
Recent posts on book production
Over the years, I have sold quite a few of these bundles, but I never really had a place where it could be purchased and downloaded. Now I do. It’s a value-added offer for readers of the book. Buy the … Continue reading →
Before I met the Lord, I was running my life using the I Ching. The phrase I remember from that experience is: Perseverance Furthers… In Christian terms, do a word study in the New Testament on overcomers, or long-suffering… Your writing … Continue reading →
I am honored today to have an article by an online friend of mine. After an exciting and varied life in many areas, including an IT executive, David, his wife, and their daughter felt a strong call to go to … Continue reading →
As a font designer, Monotype is the biggest and best. They have all the top sites: fonts.com, myfonts.com, itc.com, and several more. They are the sites used by the pros, primarily. At the least, the pros sell their fonts there also. … Continue reading →
I don’t do this as often as I should (read other people’s books on self-publishing). It’s not because I don’t think they have good things to offer. Mainly it’s the result of a reasoning and a fact. First, I don’t want to … Continue reading →
As you know, most of the free image resources are not worth the time to look through them. The Getty Search Gateway has a huge quantity of images. Getty’s new offering is better than most, because it is well catalogued … Continue reading →
Back to scratching mud Aaron Shepherd is convinced that this is true. The .kfx (which Aaron believes stands for .kf10) is a post-uploading process done to your books over the first month or two after uploading. What it means as far … Continue reading →
A continuation of the Kindle formatting issues On one of the Facebook groups I participate in, there’s been some general poo-pahing over my most recent posting on the problems with Kindle formatting. I can understand it because many in that group … Continue reading →
Aaron Shephard is close to giving up in Kindle. [You may need to search as I could not find a post-specific link.] He’s found evidence that Amazon might, and probably will, destroy your formatting well after it has been published. As you … Continue reading →
There has been a brouhaha building as designers around the world are realizing that Adobe has shot itself in the foot. InDesign Secrets has an article today which covers most of the issues: Adobe Drops Fonts, Leaves Users Stranded by: David … Continue reading →