Among the many advantages of publishing with Outskirts Press is that all our authors maintain 100% control over their book and its content. This means the online galley review (or proofing) stage is very important. This is the time when the author reviews the print-ready files for the interior and cover of the book before authorizing publication.
Our social publishing experience with the Facebook anthology, Fandemonium, just completed that process. The last update on this blog about Fandemonium summarized the entire process and concluded with the beginning of the proofing process:
Once the author’s proofing process is complete, the author either approves the book for printing, or submits some necessary changes via the convenient online form. We had a number of small things we wanted to correct in the first proof before printing. All authors receive 25 free interior changes and 10 free cover changes. The next round of galley proofs were uploaded to the Publishing Center and after reviewing them closely, we sent the book to print!
A number of things happen now that the files have been approved for publication. We begin the distribution process through Ingram, which includes submitting all the digital information about the book (called “metadata”) so that when the book appears online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Powells, and everywhere else, it has the proper information (annotation, BISAC codes, pricing, etc.).
At the same time, we work on any marketing services or products associated with the author’s book. In this case that includes a streaming 60 second book video trailer on the book’s webpage (all Outskirts Press books receive their own webpage), a standard press release announcing the publication of the book, and the creation and uploading of the Kindle edition to Amazon.
Fandemonium should be published within the week! We’ll keep you posted.