Tod Langley is the author of several successful fantasy novels. On Langley’s personal website he described his personal experiences with self-publishing.
Langley found that self-publishing came with a degree of freedom that he would not have had otherwise. Langley was able to determine the deadlines of his writing as well as length and style requirement. The few external deadlines that Langley did have, he found he was able to meet them with greater ease because he had a good editor and consultant.
One of the major steps in self-publishing for Langley was submitting his manuscript to the right publisher. Langley writes that, “I submitted the manuscript to the publisher that best matched my sales objectives. Once we came to a conclusion on the publishing package cost, they offered me additional services including market analysis, editorial analysis, copy editing, proofreading, and advance cover design options. This initial analysis period took ten days.”
Langley encourages new writers to use a copy editor. Langley writes that, “Even if I had proofread my book several times (which I did) I can’t imagine it coming back as polished if I had skipped this part. This part of the process took the editor less than three weeks.”
During that portion of the editing process, Langley worked with his publisher to design a book cover. When the copy edit was finished, Langley proofread the final draft version of the book, a process that took approximately a week. Finally, Langley signed an agreement and the official manuscript was delivered to the printer. Within three weeks, the book was ready for sale. Langley writes that, “In all, the time it took for the manuscript to go from submission to print and availability at online bookstores was under four months!” Langley’s story shows that when a writer equipping yourself with the right external tools and support can make the publishing process infinitely easier.