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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!

Schedule your complimentary 30-minute Zoom consultation today!

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
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.”
Naomi Penner
Naomi Penner
December 12, 2023
Over the years and with four books behind me, I’ve worked with a number of editors, graphic designers, and publishers. When I began a fifth book, I was thrilled to discover Polly had started My Word Publishing. I didn’t require start-to-finish assistance, so the a la carte choices were perfect for me. After that book came to fruition, I needed to get a previous book back in print. There was no doubt I’d be returning to Polly’s team. Now I’ll be working on another book. All I have to do is the writing. My Word Publishing will do the rest, and do it well. As a repeat client, a significant factor for me is dealing with the technical side of getting it up and running on Amazon. True angst for me! Yet, Polly can do it with a slight yawn. No big deal! Thank you, Polly!
aurilla woodburn
aurilla woodburn
December 8, 2023
Couldn’t find better encouragers than the folks at My Word Publishing, Amanda Miller, and Shelly Wilhelm walked me through the process of self-publishing children’s books…twice! I’ve been very delighted with their work and also their support towards better marketing. I’m working with them again in 2024 on my third book in the Samara series!
Thistle and Phoenix Press
Thistle and Phoenix Press
November 28, 2023
Where to start with all the things that are fabulous about My Word Publishing? Polly is the ultimate cheerleader, but also has a breadth of knowledge about self publishing that made my journey so much easier than if I had tried to tackle it alone. From the intricacies of the various publishing platforms and marketing all the way back to the publishing consultants and network of editors, proofers, and designers Polly and MWP have a resource. You’re in good hands with Polly and her team!
Julie Herzog
Julie Herzog
November 23, 2023
One of my daughters has participated in this program for 3 years now and has grown so much as a writer! It’s been such a gift to watch her learn and grow, and I’m so proud that she’s a published award-winning author as a result of My Word Publishing! The teachers are fabulous.
Funk Roberts
Funk Roberts
November 16, 2023
This was the easiest and best process I have ever been a part of..working with Bryan made everything about getting my book to audiobook super easy…He was amazing! He was there for me every step of the way..If you are ever going to create an audiobook, Bryan is the guy you want to work with….Thanks again for everything Bryan!!!!!!
K Stout
K Stout
November 14, 2023
Finding My Word Publishing was like finding the secret lair of Ms. Wizard. Negotiating book publishing solo is not just daunting but all but impossible. I learned bundles about the process, from how to get my novel into print to how to successfully market it (Imagine: reviews! and good ones! within weeks of publication). MYP recognizes and supports its authors with professional insights, counsel and direction. Anyone wishing to make the leap into print cannot ask for a better Wizard than MYP to wave its magic wand to make it so.

We hate to brag on ourselves, but...

We have a lot of happy authors!

Excellent
Based on 106 reviews
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.”
Naomi Penner
Naomi Penner
December 12, 2023
Over the years and with four books behind me, I’ve worked with a number of editors, graphic designers, and publishers. When I began a fifth book, I was thrilled to discover Polly had started My Word Publishing. I didn’t require start-to-finish assistance, so the a la carte choices were perfect for me. After that book came to fruition, I needed to get a previous book back in print. There was no doubt I’d be returning to Polly’s team. Now I’ll be working on another book. All I have to do is the writing. My Word Publishing will do the rest, and do it well. As a repeat client, a significant factor for me is dealing with the technical side of getting it up and running on Amazon. True angst for me! Yet, Polly can do it with a slight yawn. No big deal! Thank you, Polly!
aurilla woodburn
aurilla woodburn
December 8, 2023
Couldn’t find better encouragers than the folks at My Word Publishing, Amanda Miller, and Shelly Wilhelm walked me through the process of self-publishing children’s books…twice! I’ve been very delighted with their work and also their support towards better marketing. I’m working with them again in 2024 on my third book in the Samara series!
Thistle and Phoenix Press
Thistle and Phoenix Press
November 28, 2023
Where to start with all the things that are fabulous about My Word Publishing? Polly is the ultimate cheerleader, but also has a breadth of knowledge about self publishing that made my journey so much easier than if I had tried to tackle it alone. From the intricacies of the various publishing platforms and marketing all the way back to the publishing consultants and network of editors, proofers, and designers Polly and MWP have a resource. You’re in good hands with Polly and her team!
Julie Herzog
Julie Herzog
November 23, 2023
One of my daughters has participated in this program for 3 years now and has grown so much as a writer! It’s been such a gift to watch her learn and grow, and I’m so proud that she’s a published award-winning author as a result of My Word Publishing! The teachers are fabulous.
Funk Roberts
Funk Roberts
November 16, 2023
This was the easiest and best process I have ever been a part of..working with Bryan made everything about getting my book to audiobook super easy…He was amazing! He was there for me every step of the way..If you are ever going to create an audiobook, Bryan is the guy you want to work with….Thanks again for everything Bryan!!!!!!
K Stout
K Stout
November 14, 2023
Finding My Word Publishing was like finding the secret lair of Ms. Wizard. Negotiating book publishing solo is not just daunting but all but impossible. I learned bundles about the process, from how to get my novel into print to how to successfully market it (Imagine: reviews! and good ones! within weeks of publication). MYP recognizes and supports its authors with professional insights, counsel and direction. Anyone wishing to make the leap into print cannot ask for a better Wizard than MYP to wave its magic wand to make it so.