I’ve always wanted to be a writer. It’s a common dream, right? Not sitting in an office, working away and making money for some big company but telling your story, publishing your book, being able to reply to people when they ask ‘what do you do?’ with ‘I’m an author’.
Until recently, of course - this was a pipe dream for the vast majority. You’d write a book, you’d spend months - years, even - typing away and then send your manuscript away to publishers. For a few short weeks you’d allow yourself to dream that you’ll soon be signing a contract and seeing your book for sale.
For the vast majority, rejection letters crushed that dream. We’d go back to our day job and come slowly to the realization that writing for a living is beyond us.
Self-publishing changed all of that
Six years ago I self-published my first book. Since then I’ve self-published or helped other people to self-publish hundreds of books. I’ve been able to make a full-time living from writing and I’ve learned so much over the years.
Self-publishing opens the door to authors around the world. When you self-publish, you control the process. You can simply publish your own book and see it for sale on Amazon, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, Nook and others within just a few hours. You can publish your book as an eBook and a print book - you can upload your manuscript and be holding your own book in your own hands in less than a week.
With traditional publishing, you can expect to receive 8-15% of the royalties. With self-publishing you can make 70% royalties. Self-publishing has given me the ability to publish my works and make good money doing it. I’m a huge fan of self-publishing and I’ve helped dozens of people to achieve their own dreams over the past 6 years.
Beehive Book Design is Born
Some months ago my mother sent me an email. She had a collection of poetry that she wanted to publish, and had approached a vanity publisher to handle her book. They wanted to charge her hundreds of dollars to take her book and print off a few copies with a simple cover. Doing this wouldn’t have allowed her to see her book on sale, this would have just given her printed off copies that she could then pass to family and friends.
Instead of doing this (and wasting her money) - I formatted her book for her, converted it to a Mobi file and designed a cover for both an eBook and a print book. In a few days her book was available on Amazon and she could order her own book for much less than the vanity publisher wanted to charge.
She was so excited that she showed her book to everyone that she met - including members of a writer’s group that she belongs to. They were so impressed by the quality of the formatting of her book that some of them contacted me to make their books for them as well. Those books are now available for sale, in eBook and print format, worldwide - and those small town authors in their small writing group are collecting royalties each month from sales of their books.
That’s why my wife and I decided to set up Beehive Book Design. We truly and passionately believe in self publishing, and we want to help authors to realize their dreams.
Writing your book is what you do. You’re an author, you have your story to tell and to share with the world.
Formatting your book so that you have a clickable table of contents, links to your social media accounts, adding your dedications page, your ‘about the author’ page, your copyright page - that’s what we do. We format your book so that it looks beautiful on the page and on every device, in every store. I’ve spent 6 years learning about the correct way to format books so that they are a pleasure to read and are 100% guaranteed to be accepted by all of the stores. We are ALWAYS here to help you along the way and to answer any questions that you have about the process, whether you format your books with us or not.
We’re here to show you that self-publishing shouldn’t be complicated.