Welcome to Avid Kat Books!
This is my own publishing label, with all related services put together based on long experience of how to best bring your book to market. I spent a number of years offering independent publishing advice, and learned about what was right and what was wrong and then decided I should collate all the positives into what I feel is best for clients and their books. I’m not offering any fancy bells and whistles, such as meaningless gold or platinum packages, just the essentials for what you need to see all your efforts in writing your book come to fruition. It’s time to truly realize that dream.
The essentials to begin…
Days of garages full of books are gone! Delivering your book in paperback or hardback to your readers these days is so much simpler with print on demand – POD. If a customer wants to buy the physical book from an online outlet, the supplier simply prints the book and sends it out. If a bookstore wants a supply, they simply order them.
Then, of course, there is the ebook. As the supplier holds the POD file, they also have the ‘epub’ version – including the necessary metadata – of your manuscript that will fulfil your customer’s desire for a copy for their Kindle or whatever device they use for their reading.
A reminder first…
I will talk in a moment about having the best interior design and book cover, but neither of those will help if your text is poorly written. Presenting your book in best possible light includes the need to have your manuscript fully edited and proofread for errors. If you landed on this page, you can find out about the editing services I offer here, but will offer this thought: Why would you ever want the put the engine of a beat up old runabout inside a Ferrari?
That brings me to costs – mine are here – and I will say I appreciate you can go to Amazon and set up your book for little or no cost, but that’s only one outlet and there are many more. After all your efforts in writing the book, doesn’t it deserve some special treatment to get a great cover – not a simple template – and an interior design that suits the mood and genre of your book? Why would you want to put a Ferrari engine inside the body of beat up old runabout?
Book interiors that have benefited from professional design and layout make all the difference once the reader turns the cover; it’s all part of drawing the reader in and enticing them to turn the pages.
My layout services will ensure that all formatting, special elements and interior sequencing and copyrighting all cared for to industry standards and good convention. We’ll clean the text and fully prepare it for typesetting as we create a stylish arrangement that truly ‘works’ for your book with the selection of fonts, flourishes, chapter openings and so on. And as this happening, we’ll involve you, of course, in reviewing progress so that your book will appear just how you want it to.
I’m sure as you wrote your book you had a certain cover in mind, something that would go well with the title. Gives me those ideas and my designers will work them – and maybe add their own – to give you some early suggestions. You can then choose the one you like and we’ll give you a couple of opportunities to make some revisions before develop the file the printer will use.
As well as the front cover imagery and text layout design, this will include adding your ‘blurb’ text to the back cover and creating the spine to exactly fit your final page count, as determined by your chosen internal layout. We’ll also add the barcode as generated by the book’s ISBN that I’ll provide for you.
Going to market…
I will handle order management, distribution and royalty collection for you. The eBook formats work on the most popular readers—ready for distribution on Amazon, Apple, Ingram, Kobo, and more. Your print books are published on demand and are made available in all the leading outlets worldwide, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble,
I will help you choose between one and three industry-standard BISAC categories to make sure your book is targeted to the right audience, and will also guide you on setting the right price.
Interested? Want to know some more? Let’s get this going for you so contact me today!
If you want to try out the traditional route for getting your book published then I’ll work with you to produce a submission for your book that has been put together following the expected standards of the industry. There’s a lot more to it than attaching a PDF of your book to an email saying “please read!” and I’ve written successful queries for fiction and proposals for non-fiction.