My second book is just about ready to roll. But I have a question I'm hoping someone can help with. I want to use quotes, five different ones, on the "Part One, Two, etc." Short, sweet and well-known. Do I need written permission even if I give credit to the writer? How do you know if they're in the public domain? Many thanks....
Publisher viewpoint here.
Editing is a huge hurdle, both for the publisher to get the editing done and correctly done in a timely manner, also sometimes not being over-ruled by the client. Marketing can be a hurdle, as marketing is much more than simply getting a book into a store.
The marketer should also think of the 'branding' of the client. Making the clients 'name' something that standing alone attracts individuals.
Part of marketing, and branding is book reviews. To be critically looked at, and then critiqued is something that is vital to getting sales. When one reads about various run-away authors that were 'discovered' one always hears about the book being read by the right individual. These three things are key in our opinion.
If anyone needs a book cover design I can help! But to answer the question I would say time and money to promote is a big challenge when DIY. Also finding the right places to promote that will be most effective in creating sales is a challenge. If I could get someone to do this for me for free life would be so much better lol!
There is always the high school or nearby college where the art students love a challenge. One of my best covers ever was developed by a college student. It is nice to throw a pizza party for the class when it is finished. Most classes have a license countywide for a very expensive art program and most art teacher are always willing to get a little recognition from coaching the students. You also have an agreement that you may or may not use what is created, but usually, it is as good as anything you can get anywhere.
Before ever agreeing to have someone do a cover ask for a portfolio, and ensure that they have done many many covers. There is an art to a Book cover. There is also a psychology of knowing what the potential buyer is thinking and what attracts them. Take a look at a few in our portfolio. http://800publishing.com/portfolio/group/1/