Yay! You’ve finally made it. After saying “I should start writing” over and over again, you have finally finished writing your book. Congratulations!

Sitting down to get your creativity out in the world is quite a challenging task and you have done it! 

Now that you’re done with the difficult part, you must be wondering what the next step should be in the book publishing in India: Should I opt for Traditional Publishing? Or should I Self-Publish? Which is better? Which publishing house should I approach? Do I need an agent?

Worry no more, we have made this simple for you! Read on …

Becoming an author

Becoming an author is a dream for many, but it takes effort, dedication and perseverance to make it a reality. First, you must decide on the genre you want to write in. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, it is important to have a clear direction for your writing career. At “I Am An Author”, we offer guided self-publishing and we can help you out even if you are yet to start your book. You don’t have to worry about editing as we have a team of professional editors who can edit your book for you. We have helped hundreds of writers become authors, and we are just a click away.

How to publish a book in India?

Have you ever wondered how to publish a book? Do you have queries about the cost of publishing in India? Many traditional publishing houses in India have a rigorous acceptance process and a substantial price tag. You might end up dealing with literary agents who could discourage your publishing aspirations or propose a costly book deal.

 

Self-publishing is the new norm. Let’s explore the thriving self-publishing industry in India, specifically, the publishing process at “I Am An Author”!

 

Once you’ve researched your publishing options and chosen self-publishing, you may be unsure where to begin. You might ponder how authors publish on platforms like Amazon, place their books in stores such as Higginbotham’s or Odyssey, or release them on Kindle Unlimited. That’s where we step in. At “I Am An Author” (IAA), we can help you achieve your publishing dreams. We focus on creating an environment where you can concentrate on your work while we handle everything else for you.

"Your brain is for having ideas, not holding them"

- David Allen

IAA stands out as a premier guided self-publishing firm in Chennai, India. Among the fastest-growing publishers in the industry, we provide versatile publishing packages that align with your budget!

We’ve released over 300 titles across various online retailers (Amazon, IngramSpark, and Flipkart) and worldwide brick-and-mortar outlets, encompassing the works of many debut indie and child authors. Our service covers publishing solutions for launching your work in India and across the globe. Our dedicated team, comprising both seasoned professionals and fresh creative talents, ensures a seamless publishing and printing journey.

 

We utilize Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP; Amazon Kindle) and IngramSpark for global distribution, covering all corners of the world, from the Asia Pacific to the Americas. Your creation can reach every corner of the globe, from Barnes & Noble to Booktopia – you name it, and we’ll get your book there! Our primary focus remains on our authors, and we guarantee a 90-day publishing timeline (including hardcopy and eBook publishing) from the time of manuscript submission. We provide guidance on options like KDP Select and other exclusives.

Forget about concerns regarding your book’s size! Whether it spans 50 pages or 500, we’ll expertly transform it into a book format complete with stunning interior and cover designs. We offer constructive feedback throughout the process and welcome your input with a customer-centric approach. Quality content is our paramount concern! We enthusiastically accept works in English, Hindi, and Tamil, across diverse genres.

To reach readers and market your book, you can choose from an array of options. Gone are the days of submitting book proposals and enduring endless waits for publishers’ acceptance. We can place your book on the shelf, both in paperback and eBook formats, in a remarkable three-week timeframe! The book’s page count or dimensions pose no hindrance. We maintain an inventory-free system, opting for print-on-demand based on orders, effectively minimizing unnecessary expenditure on unsold stock.

Marketing your book

Apart from assisting you in reaching retailers like Barnes & Noble, we also aid you in promoting your work at signings and readings. Our authors have achieved success by leveraging social media to connect with readers and cultivate a community around their works.

Here are additional ways we support your sales efforts:

We craft a captivating cover design to capture attention.

We compose an enticing blurb to pique reader interest.

We assist in obtaining reviews from fellow authors and bloggers.

We provide guidance on organizing contests and giveaways.

We facilitate book signings and launch events.

We actively promote your creation on social platforms.

And we facilitate connections with fellow authors and publishers.

If you are interested in working with us, please visit publish with us.

step-by-step guide

Managing your book production, global distribution channels and sales couldn’t get simpler:

Once your manuscript is prepared, or even while you’re halfway through, you can begin engaging with us. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get started:

  1. Register with “I Am An Author” on our website or contact us via WhatsApp.
  2. Our publishing manager will contact you at your convenience to discuss specific details about your work. Typically, we inquire about the genre, language and the number of pages (1 page = 250 words).
  3. We provide an initial quote and share a formal proposal upon your acceptance.
  4. We proceed by formalizing an agreement outlining the terms and conditions of our collaboration.
  5. After you submit the completed manuscript, we commence the editing process. Any queries from our editorial team are addressed in collaboration with you, the author.
  6. We design the publication and present a digital proof for your approval.
  7. We offer three book cover design options, and we are open to considering the author’s own cover ideas.
  8. We create promotional materials for your work, and once everything is ready, we are all set for the book launch.

You will have access to the author dashboard

  • With details on sales figures
  • Author earnings – royalty earnings(try our royalty calculator for free)
  • Number of books sold on each of the platforms

We accept books of all genres:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Children’s Books

FAQ

If you’re new to “I Am An Author,” we recommend reading through this information in sequential order to make the most of our platform. However, if you’re already familiar with our services, feel free to click on the specific section that interests you:


1. What is self-publishing?

Self-publishing is a model where authors take control of publishing their books through platforms like ours. They maintain full control over the editing process and retain complete copyright.


2. Who owns the copyrights of my book?

As the author, you own 100% of the rights to your work, and you can choose to add copyright registration as a service.


3. How is self-publishing different from traditional publishing?

Self-publishing differs in that authors retain rights and royalties. It offers a shorter publication timeline and more creative freedom.


4. How is I Am An Author different from other services?

We offer a range of services tailored to individual needs. Our packages are designed to be affordable and enhance the quality of your book. We also offer customization to accommodate specific requests.


5. Can I publish books that are not lengthy?

Yes, we can print books with a minimum of 50 pages, supporting women writers and young authors.


6. How long does it take to publish my book?

The timeline depends on the services you choose and the book’s length. It typically ranges from 30 to 60 days.


7. What is the cost of publishing through I Am An Author?

The cost varies based on the book’s language, genre and type. Illustrations if required are charged separately based on whether the author wants digital illustrations or sketched pictures. You can check the Royalty Calculator for more details.


8. Will I see a sample before printing?

You’ll receive print-ready files in digital format for your approval before we proceed with printing. Printed proofs are also possible at an extra cost.


9. Is print-on-demand better than offset printing?

Print-on-demand (POD) is convenient and cost-effective, allowing single-copy printing, while offset printing is suitable for bulk printing. When the writer is a debut author and is unsure how many copies would sell, it is better to go for POD.


10. Who sets the book’s price?

You, as the author, have the freedom to set the book’s price. We provide industry insights to help you decide.


11. What royalty percentage is offered?

Authors receive 100% of profits, calculated by subtracting production and distribution costs from the MRP. Use the royalty calculator for details.


12. How is transparency ensured in sales and royalties?

You can access sales and royalty details by logging into your registered user ID.


13. How often are royalty payments made?

Payments are made when accumulated royalties exceed Rs. 5000/- or at the end of each quarter, whichever comes earlier.


14. What payment modes are available?

We accept payments through debit and credit cards, as well as internet banking.


15. What is the publishing process?

Upload your content on our website, and we’ll discuss your requirements. After implementing the requested services and providing you with a sample of the ready-to-print content, we’ll publish and distribute your book through our offline and online partners once you approve.

 

16. How to self-publish for free?

Online book publishing has made it incredibly convenient for independent authors to publish their own books. On platforms like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), you can upload and publish your book instantly. You have the freedom to set your own book price and can earn up to a 70% royalty on sales.

If you’re unsure about the self-publishing process, there are numerous online resources available, including how-to guides, tutorials, and even free courses that can teach you the fundamentals.

Once your book is published, you can begin promoting it to potential readers through various channels such as social media, websites and bookstores. You can also explore the option of submitting your book to literary agents who may assist you in finding a traditional publisher. However, this is a tad too expensive.
While publishing a book can be demanding, it is also a gratifying experience for debut authors. Don’t hesitate to take the step to self-publish and share your work with the world; every word matters!

Here are some essential tips for online book publishing:
– Select a captivating and memorable book title.
– Craft an accurate and compelling book description that effectively communicates your book’s content.
– Pay attention to the aesthetic formatting of your book.
– Include high-quality images and an appealing cover design.
– Set a competitive price for your book.
– Use social media, websites, and bookstores to reach potential readers through effective marketing strategies.

However, managing all these tasks can be overwhelming. This is where we can assist you. While we do charge for our publishing services, we handle all aspects of your self-publishing journey, allowing you to focus on creating high-quality content instead of dealing with the administrative details. The world needs more creators, and we want you to write while we take care of the cumbersome publishing process.

Please contact us for a quote, as our charges are based on factors such as the number of pages in your manuscript, genre and language. We pride ourselves on offering the most affordable rates in the industry.

17. What genres do you publish?

We have a diverse catalogue of genres, catering to a wide range of readers. Our offerings include fiction genres such as literary, romance, mystery, science fiction and fantasy, as well as non-fiction genres like biography, history, self-help and business. Additionally, we publish poetry and children’s books, ensuring there’s something for every reader’s taste.

 

18. What are your publishing formats? Do you offer e-books and audiobooks?

We believe in providing flexibility to our readers, so we offer multiple publishing formats. This includes traditional print books, convenient e-books and engaging audiobooks. We want our readers to have the option to enjoy their favourite titles in the format that suits them best.

 

19. How do you handle the editing and proofreading process?

With over a decade of experience in editing international journals, we take the editing and proofreading process seriously. Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, our seasoned team of editors collaborates closely with the author to ensure the book is meticulously polished and refined. We provide professional editing and proofreading services to ensure the highest quality publication.


20. What marketing and promotional support do you provide for authors?

Our commitment extends beyond publishing; we’re dedicated to helping our authors succeed. Our comprehensive marketing and promotional support encompasses both online and offline strategies. We conduct dynamic social media campaigns, arrange author interviews, facilitate participation in literary events and more. We work alongside our authors to promote their work effectively.

 

21. What is an ISBN, and is it necessary for my book?

An ISBN, or International Standard Book Number, is a crucial identifier assigned to books and related products. It serves an essential role in international inventory management, sales tracking and ordering processes. While not mandatory, having an ISBN is highly recommended for your book. It enhances its visibility; accessibility in bookstores, libraries and online retailers; and helps potential readers find your work more easily.

 

22. Can I track the sales and performance of my published book?

Absolutely. We understand the importance of transparency and empowering our authors. You’ll have access to a dedicated author dashboard, where you can conveniently monitor your book’s sales, royalty earnings and other pertinent data. We believe in keeping our authors informed about the performance of their work so they can make informed decisions throughout their publishing journey.

If you have more questions, please write to us at publishing@iamanauthor.in  to get them answered.

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