Awaiting the Index, a Worthwhile Wait
My manuscript has been turned into a book. The work Through a Lens of Emptiness: Reflections on Life, Longevity, and Contentment, is nearing its publication date. The text is in the hands of a professional who specializes in indexing. I expect to receive the index for my inspection and approval in a few more weeks. The topic of this post relate some thoughts on the value of specialized services.
Self-publishing is not an inexpensive undertaking. The package I purchased provided many editorial and support services, but not the type that result in a polished finished product. Proof Reading the final blocked out interior text and cover text is essential. No matter how excellent one’s technical writing skills may be, and no matter how exhaustive the author has been in proofing his or her work, a professional proof reader is worth the cost. This service was available to me at about $1000. You might find this a steep price to pay, but my brother paid almost twice that to proof edit his crime fiction novel, which has many fewer words than the 66000-word piece I have produced. No matter whether one uses the service provided by an e-publisher or hires an independent proof reader, there is a cost to producing a text free of errors.
If the work is a fiction, then indexing is not an issue, but if it is non-fiction, even creative non-fiction, indexing is necessary. Just examine any work of non-fiction, and an index should be present in the majority of those texts. The indexer will read my text and create an index that reflects the intent of my work. I will have a chance to review his work, but based on all the other supports I have received, I expect the index will be well done. My cost for indexing is close to $800. Again my reader may be shocked, but the expense is well worth it. The task of indexing is both tedious and highly specialized.
The added cost of specialized services is well worth it. I am confident that the final product will compare favourably with other industry standard books. Whether my book has public appeal or not is a moot point. The potential sales of an unknown author’s first book are a statistic that time will reveal. That will also depend on how the book is marketed and what exposure it gets. Marketing my book is the next exciting adventure that awaits me..
My work is a creative non-fiction. The factor that makes it easier to market non-fiction is that the target audience for my words and ideas exists. Reaching that target audience is the trick. I’m working on that problem as I await the official release of my book. Of course, I will be blogging on that experience as well. My plan is to dedicate myself to marketing my book over the next year. It will be yet another interesting experience in the life of the first-time author. I must admit; there were times when I thought that the sobriquet AUTHOR would never apply to me.
Until the next post, as always your faithful blogger,
L Alan Weiss (Larry) – Author of Through a Lens of Emptiness: Reflections on Life, Longevity and Contentment
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