Whether your manuscript is self-published, traditionally published, or independently published, you need to know that it's ready for the next phase before it can be published and offered for sale. Along with our colleague, Karen Lynn Maher of LegacyOne Authors, we have defined the three phases of manuscript readiness and what you need to do to move ahead to get your book published.
Phase 1 - Content Ready
Karen works with authors as a coach to help them with much of this phase. We work with Six-Word Lessons authors to help them through this phase as well. Here are the main steps you need to have your content ready:
Phase 2 - Manuscript Ready
In this phase, you will work with peers and professionals to contribute to preparing the book for publication.
Phase 3 - Production Ready
In this final phase, your publisher will work with you to make decisions about the final physical book product and help produce it and get it up for sale. Whether you do it yourself or use various teams of publishers or vendors, the goal is to make the book look like a traditionally-published book. The Independent Book Publishers Association has an Industry Standards Checklist for a Professional Published Book that will help in this phase.
For help or advice with any of these phases, please contact us at Pacelli Publishing, or Karen Lynn Maher at Karen@legacyoneauthors.com or 206-913-8883 and we would be happy to answer questions or discuss in more detail. Good luck with your writing and publishing!
Patty Pacelli is an editor, author, entrepreneur, wife and mother of two adult children, Briana and Trevor. She is the co-creator of the Six-Word Lessons Series along with her husband Lonnie. She is the author of Six-Word Lessons to Look Your Best and Six-Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces.
Karen Lynn Maher is a top authority on mentoring CEOs and other executives through the self-publishing process. She is founder and CEO of LegacyONE Executive Communications, a Seattle-based leadership communications firm. LegacyONE clients emerge as thought leaders by writing compelling nonfiction books, articles, and other publications that broaden their visibility and credibility to attract their perfect client.