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How Self-publishing Works


Call in the Reinforcements
To add something extra to his book, Walter Roark brought in an illustrator to create some cartoons.
To add something extra to his book, Walter Roark brought in an illustrator to create some cartoons.
Photo courtesy Clearing Skies Press

In addition to a developmental editor, you may need to hire more help during the content-creation process. You may need:

  • An illustrator or cartoonist to provide pictures for the book or for the cover.
  • A photo researcher to track down illustrative photos and get permission to use them.
  • A copy editor to review your finished copy, generally improve the writing and catch any mistakes.

Copy-editing is an important concern. You can rely on your own editing, with some help from friends and families, but if you want to end up with solid, relatively error-free text, you'll probably need to bring in an editor with some experience. You would be surprised how hard it really is to catch all the mistakes in a 1,500 word article, let alone an entire book.

For the most part, the creation period is all about writing, editing and adding illustrations. But as you're working on your book content, you also need to do a few things to prepare to make your work a real book. In the next section, we'll look at these simple steps.