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Posts by Sandra K. Williams

About Sandra K. Williams

Sandra K. Williams loves books, both printed and digital. Since 1996 she has worked with authors and independent publishers, editing and designing books for print. Since 1999 she has built easy-to-use, accessible websites, and she uses her HTML and CSS skills to design reader-friendly e-books.

Setting a price for your print book

When you set your book’s list price, you have to make it high enough to cover the cost of printing and the retailer’s discount. Let’s assume you’re printing a 200-page book at CreateSpace. The discount is 20% for sales through CreateSpace, 40% for sales through Amazon, and 60% for Expanded Distribution.* For B&W books of . . .

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Selecting an editor based on the books they’ve edited

It’s difficult to judge the quality of editing without seeing the original manuscript. If the writing is really clean, it’s easier to catch nearly all the errors. (No one can reasonably claim 100% error-free results.) If the manuscript is a mess, the editor may be so busy fixing the major problems that smaller errors near . . .

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Choosing a book size

What trim size should I select for my book? This question comes up all the time. How many words does your manuscript have? Let’s assume for planning purposes that the manuscript is regular text only (no bullet points, footnotes, etc.) and each book page will have 300 words. (This number only a rough estimate! The . . .

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