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Self-Publishing FAQs

There are three big differences that make My Word Publishing unique within publishing models:

1. We have no ownership rights at all, period. You are simply hiring us to help you publish your book, and get you through production, publication, and distribution. We want YOU to own your own publishing company, (which we’ll help you do), which is the only way for you to maintain 100% of all your rights. All royalties go straight into your bank account, not through us, and your publishing company logo is on the back of your book and the copyright page, not ours.

2. We don’t do packages. Every single project we work on is custom designed for that author. Some books are longer than others, some have illustrations, some need more editing, some authors have their own illustrator, or their own editor – which makes “packages” a silly concept.

3. We don’t do contracts. We do each sign an Agreement so we both understand exactly what we agreed upon, but either party can break the agreement at any time for any reason.

We do have an Agreement, because you have to understand what we’ve said we will do for you. But at any point that you’re not happy with our work, you’re not forced to stay with us by a contract.

Generally there are three kinds of editing. Not all manuscripts need all three rounds, so the first thing we’d do is have a couple of editors review your manuscript and see what it needs.

First round: The first round of editing is called the Development edit. That’s when the editor is looking at the manuscript for overall storyline, make sure the plot and characters are developed and that there are no redundancies or holes in the storyline.

Second round: The second round is called the copy line edit and is generally with the same editor as the development round. In the copy line edit the editor is looking at paragraph structure, sentence structure, and word choice.

Third round: The last editing round is the proof edit. This is for grammar and punctuation only. This edit usually goes to a new editor with a fresh pair of eyes, and one that specializes in proof editing, working with Chicago Manual of Style.

It depends on what your goals are. If your goal is to put together a nice book for your family or for the goal of “bucket list”, then perhaps that’s fine. After all, you would (presumably) save money. If, however, your goal is to put out the best book you can, then you should hire a professional. While all of us think we’re proof editors because we spot typos, boy-oh-boy, there’s a lot more to it than that.

We have ghostwriters and if you want one you should choose them very carefully. Writing your story will be a fulltime job for them. We can make a few introductions after chatting with you about your genre, your goals, and budget, but be prepared for the cost. Ghostwriters work on a per-finished-word (PFW) rate. A less experienced ghost writer would be around .30 PFW. An experienced ghostwriter would be around .50 PFW, and a very experienced, nationally renowned ghostwriter would be around $1 PFW. If an average manuscript is about 50k words, do the math.

PS: Then you go into editing. The ghostwriter is not your editor, although there’s a good chance you wouldn’t need the development round of editing.

The length of time it takes to get your book through production and publication depends on many variables: what kind of shape is your manuscript in when you come to us? What are your goals? Having said that, if you come to us with a manuscript in its first draft, you can bank on being through all the production and publication within 4 – 8 months. Sometimes your life takes a detour and it may take a year. If you come to us with a manuscript that has already been through a development edit, it may take 3-4 months. So as the good ol’ answer goes, “it depends.”

All of our projects are custom designed, so when we sit down with you at our initial consultation, we will figure out what your goals are, where you are in your project, what you need to hit your goals, then we would figure out your cost.

You can come to us at many points.

1. Let’s say you have an idea for a book but have no idea where to start. We could find you a good writing coach to help you through the outline and writing, or point you in the direction of writing classes.

2. Many writers come to us with the first draft of their manuscript ready to go into editing. In that case our first move would be to get it to a few editors to see what kind of shape it’s in and what work it will need. You make the final choice of your editor.

3. Even if you’ve started your manuscript and get stuck, please let us help you get to the right coach or editor to help you bring it home.

Oh yes! We have a great specialist in children’s books, Shelly Wilhelm! She’s worked with children’s book conceptual development for 4 years, and in children’s books bookstore acquisitions for 25 years. She will help you with the conceptual development, the storyboard, layout, illustrator contracts, and all the details for production and publication.

Click here to learn more about Shelly!

We do all genres. Memoirs, self-help, and business books are our top genres. We also do a lot of fiction and children’s books. Occasionally a cookbook or a textbook, workbooks, even a couple of journals.

Every project we work on is custom designed to suit your goals, so no, we don’t do packages.

No, we don’t help you find a publisher. The model of publishing we recommend – in order for you to keep 100% of your rights and royalties – is that all of our authors start their own publishing companies. We help guide you through that, and it’s easy.

But having said that, IF getting a traditional publisher is your goal then we do have a couple of contacts that can help you give it a shot.

We do not market your book for you. No publishing company – not even the big traditional houses – will market your book for you. But we do have some options:

1. We have some colleagues that can help you with some of the marketing tasks

2. We do have a 2-hour book marketing consultation that comes with a 131-page book marketing plan. It’s $249.

Click here for information on Buzz

We serve authors all over the United States. In fact, we also help many authors out of the US.

Yes, we do help authors outside the US.

One of many reasons we do what we do is because you don’t have time. But you have got to be engaged. It’s your book and you will want to make decisions. We try to take the heavy load and make it as seamless for you as possible, but yes, you have to be involved.

Almost all of our authors are first time writers, so our wheelhouse is working with first time writers. Our writing coaches, editors, and publishing consultants will treat you with patience – and won’t bite. Promise.

That’s fine if you have your own service providers. You need to understand though, that we have not worked with them and that they may have different processes and policies than the people we do work with.

We love working with DIY authors. To serve them best we have come up with three ways to work with you:

1. Spot Coaching: Spot Coaching is 10 questions over the course of a year. Each question is meant to be about 5 minutes, but they keep you right on task. These are questions, to be clear, not tasks.

Here’s more about our Spot Coaching program

2. Hourly: We also do hourly consultations. We dump as much information as we can on you in one hour, but then you go do all the leg work.

Schedule a 1-hour consultation

3. A la carte services: We also offer any tasks through a project that you’d like to pass on to us. That could include creating your copyright page, opening your KDP account, opening your Ingram Spark account, getting your CIP data, writing your back blurb, etc.

Here is our a la carte menu and prices

Yes, working with My Word Publishing you keep 100% of all of your rights: copyrights, sales rights, distribution rights, foreign rights, digital rights. All of it. You hire us to help you manage your entire project so you don’t get lost and make expensive mistakes.
Yes, we have a la carte services where we can do certain tasks for you without managing your entire project.

Here’s a menu of what we can do a la carte.

Oh you bet. Part of our mission at My Word Publishing is to make sure you stay on track without making very bad, very expensive mistakes, so even if you don’t hire us to manage the entire project, then you could hire us three other ways:

1. You can hire us by the hour. For one hour we pile information onto you regarding your next steps, and you go do all the leg work. It keeps it affordable for you. That is $150 for the hour.

Book an hour with us here.

2. We also have what is called Spot Coaching. That is 10 questions over the course of a year. It’s meant to keep you on track.

Learn more about Spot Coaching here.

3. We could also do certain tasks for you: upload your book onto Amazon, optimize your account, put your copyright page together, etc.

Here’s a menu of our a la carte services.

One of the reasons we do what we do is that we don’t believe in having gatekeepers tell us if our content is good enough to get out into the world. We have professionals every step of the way that can help you get your book into great shape.

IF the editors look at your book and it’s going to take more work than you want to put toward it, then you can make that decision. But no, we are not a gatekeeper.

Your Book Starts Here!

Your Book Starts Here!

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Your Book Starts Here!

Schedule your complimentary 30-minute Zoom consultation today!

Your Book Starts Here!

Schedule your complimentary 30-minute Zoom consultation today!

Many, Happy Authors…

Excellent
Based on 106 reviews
David Mandel
David Mandel
April 15, 2024
As a first time author with tons of experience in my field but no experiencing with publishing, I cannot say enough about the support and expertise of the My Word Publishing team. Amanda Miller, our rep from My Word walked with us every step of the way even after the book was published. Not only did she provide excellent information and guidance but she connected us with a skilled and responsive group of professionals who helped us with editing, proofreading and design. From concept to cover design to publishing on Amazon and other platforms, My Word Publishing helped us make for a successful book--sales are rolling in and the book is making the difference I want it to make in the world. And they continue to help us we navigate foreign book rights, book launch events and celebrity endorsements. Every question we had, they had a thoughtful and useful answer. If they didn't have the answer they knew who we could talk to. Thanks My World Publishing team!
Nanci Lamborn
Nanci Lamborn
March 19, 2024
I didn't know what I didn't know, but Polly did! She is a deep well of helpful info, from the cover to the title to the marketing. With the expertise of her team, I hit top new release on my first day live, and I truly love the finished product we built together. Highly recommended!
Vanco Ristov
Vanco Ristov
March 18, 2024
My Word Publishing delivered all they promised and beyond that. Professional and very friendly at the same time, highly competent, communicative, helpful and honest. I would recommend them to everybody, who want to publish a book. I am grateful to all of them, especially to Polly Letofsky.
Amy Clark
Amy Clark
March 6, 2024
When I engaged Polly at My Word Publishing to help me take my friend's book across the finish line, I was confident that she would help me toe the professional mark, and give me honest feedback without tiptoeing around sensitivities. (Trust me, there were plenty of those, as this mission was given to me as a dying commandment.) I had no idea, however, just how instrumental Polly would be in helping me to navigate the unexpected speed bumps and empowering me to make decisions that would have been overwhelming, if faced on my own. She patiently walked me through the processes and the expectations (realistic and otherwise), and didn't snarl at me too much when I expressed anxiety over something she had previously prepared me for. I could go on, but then, as Polly would say, nobody would read it. Suffice it to say, Polly and My Word Publishing left their footprints in my heart and across the world of human rights activists who are now clamoring to buy the book. In Gratitude, Amy
David Delisle
David Delisle
March 2, 2024
Bryan @ My Word Publishing is amazing and I would highly recommend him. Not only were the results of the campaign he ran for me beyond my expectations, he took the time to explain every step and educate me on how I could run something similar in the future.
Susan Frasca
Susan Frasca
February 19, 2024
Bryan is very knowledgeable in the areas in which we needed support, particularly regarding Amazon set up and KDP ranking. He shared details and took the reins to help us accomplish our goals. We would definitely recommend him and will use him again!
Pete McGinty
Pete McGinty
February 1, 2024
I recently published my first novel, Private Cummings. I spent months researching the best way to bring the book to fruition after I completed the manuscript, and I found the process daunting. That is, until I saw a video of Polly talking about My Word Publishing. I wrote to schedule a call, and Polly wrote me right back to schedule. I had a feeling I'd like her from her video, but after spending just ten minutes with her on our initial call, I was hooked. I signed with My Word and never looked back. And I'm so glad I did. Polly and her team made the process easy and fun. She immediately gained my trust and has continued to come through for me. I look forward to many more projects with Polly and her team.
Sabrina Skiles
Sabrina Skiles
January 17, 2024
Polly is amazing! She came highly recommended by multiple people when I was at the beginning process of self-publishing. She took the time to explain the details of the process with no pressure to sign anything if I wasn't happy with what she was presenting. Her network of talented and experienced editors and designers makes My Word Publishing a one-stop-shop for all your publishing needs! HIGHLY RECOMMEND Polly and My Word Publishing!
Bob Feldman
Bob Feldman
January 16, 2024
Bryan Canter was a huge asset in my self-publishing project, the novel "Deception Downeast". As a first-time novelist, I needed a combination expert guide and mentor. I could not ask for more from Bryan who delivered facts, advice and insights far beyond the "contractual" necessity. If you are self-publishing, do yourself a favor and get in touch with Mr. Canter.
chul hyun
chul hyun
December 20, 2023
"The entire process of publishing my book was a pleasant and fulfilling experience. Polly and Amanda were incredibly patient and supportive, guiding me through each production, publishing, distribution, and marketing stage. Working with the book designer was also a great experience, as I could participate in the design. Amanda did an excellent job coordinating the work between the editing and design teams, and the process couldn't have gone any smoother."

We hate to brag on ourselves, but...

We have a lot of happy authors!

Excellent
Based on 106 reviews
David Mandel
David Mandel
April 15, 2024
As a first time author with tons of experience in my field but no experiencing with publishing, I cannot say enough about the support and expertise of the My Word Publishing team. Amanda Miller, our rep from My Word walked with us every step of the way even after the book was published. Not only did she provide excellent information and guidance but she connected us with a skilled and responsive group of professionals who helped us with editing, proofreading and design. From concept to cover design to publishing on Amazon and other platforms, My Word Publishing helped us make for a successful book--sales are rolling in and the book is making the difference I want it to make in the world. And they continue to help us we navigate foreign book rights, book launch events and celebrity endorsements. Every question we had, they had a thoughtful and useful answer. If they didn't have the answer they knew who we could talk to. Thanks My World Publishing team!
Nanci Lamborn
Nanci Lamborn
March 19, 2024
I didn't know what I didn't know, but Polly did! She is a deep well of helpful info, from the cover to the title to the marketing. With the expertise of her team, I hit top new release on my first day live, and I truly love the finished product we built together. Highly recommended!
Vanco Ristov
Vanco Ristov
March 18, 2024
My Word Publishing delivered all they promised and beyond that. Professional and very friendly at the same time, highly competent, communicative, helpful and honest. I would recommend them to everybody, who want to publish a book. I am grateful to all of them, especially to Polly Letofsky.
Amy Clark
Amy Clark
March 6, 2024
When I engaged Polly at My Word Publishing to help me take my friend's book across the finish line, I was confident that she would help me toe the professional mark, and give me honest feedback without tiptoeing around sensitivities. (Trust me, there were plenty of those, as this mission was given to me as a dying commandment.) I had no idea, however, just how instrumental Polly would be in helping me to navigate the unexpected speed bumps and empowering me to make decisions that would have been overwhelming, if faced on my own. She patiently walked me through the processes and the expectations (realistic and otherwise), and didn't snarl at me too much when I expressed anxiety over something she had previously prepared me for. I could go on, but then, as Polly would say, nobody would read it. Suffice it to say, Polly and My Word Publishing left their footprints in my heart and across the world of human rights activists who are now clamoring to buy the book. In Gratitude, Amy
David Delisle
David Delisle
March 2, 2024
Bryan @ My Word Publishing is amazing and I would highly recommend him. Not only were the results of the campaign he ran for me beyond my expectations, he took the time to explain every step and educate me on how I could run something similar in the future.
Susan Frasca
Susan Frasca
February 19, 2024
Bryan is very knowledgeable in the areas in which we needed support, particularly regarding Amazon set up and KDP ranking. He shared details and took the reins to help us accomplish our goals. We would definitely recommend him and will use him again!
Pete McGinty
Pete McGinty
February 1, 2024
I recently published my first novel, Private Cummings. I spent months researching the best way to bring the book to fruition after I completed the manuscript, and I found the process daunting. That is, until I saw a video of Polly talking about My Word Publishing. I wrote to schedule a call, and Polly wrote me right back to schedule. I had a feeling I'd like her from her video, but after spending just ten minutes with her on our initial call, I was hooked. I signed with My Word and never looked back. And I'm so glad I did. Polly and her team made the process easy and fun. She immediately gained my trust and has continued to come through for me. I look forward to many more projects with Polly and her team.
Sabrina Skiles
Sabrina Skiles
January 17, 2024
Polly is amazing! She came highly recommended by multiple people when I was at the beginning process of self-publishing. She took the time to explain the details of the process with no pressure to sign anything if I wasn't happy with what she was presenting. Her network of talented and experienced editors and designers makes My Word Publishing a one-stop-shop for all your publishing needs! HIGHLY RECOMMEND Polly and My Word Publishing!
Bob Feldman
Bob Feldman
January 16, 2024
Bryan Canter was a huge asset in my self-publishing project, the novel "Deception Downeast". As a first-time novelist, I needed a combination expert guide and mentor. I could not ask for more from Bryan who delivered facts, advice and insights far beyond the "contractual" necessity. If you are self-publishing, do yourself a favor and get in touch with Mr. Canter.
chul hyun
chul hyun
December 20, 2023
"The entire process of publishing my book was a pleasant and fulfilling experience. Polly and Amanda were incredibly patient and supportive, guiding me through each production, publishing, distribution, and marketing stage. Working with the book designer was also a great experience, as I could participate in the design. Amanda did an excellent job coordinating the work between the editing and design teams, and the process couldn't have gone any smoother."