Why it’s good to meet your self-publishing team
One to one consultations are an underestimated part of creating a book. Your self-publishing team are the people who will guide you through each step of the process, so what better way to communicate your aims than setting a meeting?
Apart from self-service checkouts, most times we would prefer to talk to an actual person. And this is particularly true when it comes to the projects that mean a lot to us or that we’re not experts on.
Entering a new venture can be a nerve-wracking time. This might be your first novel or your first time entering the publishing world, so, understandably, there are a lot of things to think about.
Why meeting your self-publishing team face to face is a good idea
The great part about setting a meeting up with your self-publishing team, is that you know that that time slot is solely dedicated to you and your book. They don’t have any other projects distracting them, or another phone call coming through that they have to pick up. This is your time.
During the meeting you can air any uncertainties, ask all your questions and just get a general feel for what they’re like as people.
One thing you absolutely want to be certain of is your relationship with the people you work with. This is your book at the end of the day and you want to pass it over to trustworthy hands. It’s hard to get a sense of who someone is and how they work via email or phone.
Communicating with just a name, even if you have searched for their photo on LinkedIn, doesn’t compare with physically meeting them. And they should want to meet you too! This adds to the credibility of the company.
Publishing is all about a strong network
Your self-publishing team are there to work with you in creating the best book possible and advising you on your author career. Therefore meeting them in the flesh sets you on the right path for the future. The publishing industry thrives on networking so getting to know your self-publishing team face to face is a great start.
“To be able to speak to a person, even better, meet with the same individual who was going to be handling my novel, was the biggest advantage to working with TJ INK. At any point I could ask questions, no matter how stupid they seemed. I was in control with an expert leading me though the process. The finished item looks the way I imagined it because of the top advice and assistance I gained. Happy with the end result? You bet!”
– Steph Haxton, author
In view of this, we set up our September Surgery for people interested in self-publishing. Throughout September we will be welcoming writers to our premises in Padstow for a free consultation. This gives people the opportunity to ask any question – no matter how silly they think it is – that they want.
Unfortunately we’re all booked up for the sessions. If you’d like to hear about when we’re hosting the next one, sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page. Or, alternatively, you can join our waiting list for this September. Just contact us to let us know and we’ll inform you if a slot becomes available.
So why not take the plunge?
If you’re uncertain on any aspect of the publishing industry, meeting your self-publishing team will make things clear.
See if you can arrange a meeting with the company/person you’re working with to give you confidence in self-publishing your book.
Do you prefer to talk to someone face to face? What’s your preferred method of communication?