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Self-publishing doesn’t have to be a mystical journey filled with unknown hazards. Your success depends on you, your understanding of the publishing process, and a top-notch team like the one at Dog Ear Publishing. To help clarify this complex undertaking, we created a handy infographic to explain our steps and to help you venture forth into the self-publishing world with confidence.

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Submit a Polished Manuscript

Just knowing what and how you need to deliver your materials is the giant first step in getting the production ball rolling. On our website, we have an author’s submission checklist to help answer some of your initial questions. It covers everything from how to format your manuscript to how to provide images and photographs. Your final manuscript should be as polished as possible to avoid any charges or delays from last minute changes.


You are the Boss

The bottom line – you call the shots. The staff at Dog Ear Publishing is here to assist you through the process but ultimately the decisions are yours. You will have final say on what services you need or don’t need. A self-publishing author is responsible for all aspects of the production of their book. It is your participation and professionalism during this critical stage that affects the quality of your book.


Standard Operating Procedure – Edit, Edit, Edit

Regardless of your level of writing experience, everyone can benefit from a good editor’s services. You may have proofed your manuscript a thousand times but you can always miss something. Remember, opting for additional help is not a reflection on your skill level but a nod to your good sense. Copy editing can aid in the structure, flow and consistency of your work.


Work with the Best – Dog Ear Editors

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The production phase can be a chaotic time, filled with constant deadlines and decisions. Working with real experts, like those at Dog Ear Publishing, means you have experience in your corner. Our editors are true editors that do more than run spell check on your copy. Having worked in the traditional publishing field, they know what it takes to turn your manuscript into a superior book.


Proof Your Proofs

This is when work on the “look” of your publication begins. After you submit ideas, clip art and photographs for the cover and interior layout, designers will create proofs for you to review. Give them clear direction on what you want. Their goal is to produce a professional quality book. It will be your job to go over these proofs looking for typos and format errors. As a self-publishing author, you have final say in the art direction of the book.


Sweat the Details

From start to finish a self-publishing book generally takes from 12-16 weeks to produce. Getting your manuscript ready to send to the printer is a tough, time-consuming job. How your book will turn out is determined by what you do during this key stage. Make the most of the production phase by sweating the details and knowing exactly how you want your book to look. A quality finished product will be your reward.


Why Dog Ear?
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No one knows your book like you do. Which is why choosing a company like Dog Ear Publishing to assist you in bringing your book to life is the right call. With over 50 years of traditional publishing experience, our knowledgeable staff will be there for you during every step of the publishing process. If you want your book to be a quality reflection of who you are as an author, visit our website at www.dogearpublishing.net today and take control of your publishing destiny.

Ray Robinson
Ray Robinson

When Ray first entered the publishing industry, authors relied on “vanity presses” to produce their work – many of whom would charge $15,000 or more and leave the author’s garage filled with hundreds of books. Ray, along with coworker Alan Harris, joined forces with Miles Nelson to create Dog Ear Publishing to provide the author community a self-publisher with a heart. The group’s application of new technologies and publishing on demand reduced the cost of publishing a book to a fraction of what it had been for previous generations; authors now have the ability to publish a book in as little as six weeks and print as few as a single copy.