This resource is only available to our authors, illustrators and other selected contributors.
Here’s where we post answers to FAQs, useful information, and share resources to help you sell your books… and more.
It is an ever-growing resource, so please check in to see what’s new. What follows is a list of contents. If you have any suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org using Author Hub as the subject. All suggestions will be considered, although it might take time to write and add!
As well as our own content, we will signpost you to carefully curated content and recommend resources we think could help.
The Author Hub is still under development and is planned to go live in March 2020.
- Help with generating ideas for your book.
- Tips and advice for researching your book – whether it’s fact or fiction
- How to research the competition in under 60 minutes and generate further ideas
- Submission guidelines for Wordcatcher – so you know what to expect and are ready to work together effectively
- Tips and advice on how to get your final draft manuscript completed and ready to submit
Editing and Proofreading
- The levels of editorial intervention, what they mean, and why it’s crucial that you submit a quality manuscript
- Why all editors/proofreaders are not the same
- Wordcatcher’s style guide
- Writing tools and software to assist you
- Book cover – design elements and why it’s important to get this right
- Book cover design form – why this form is at the heart of every cover we design
- Title / sub-title / series title / strapline – what they are and why they are crucial to discovery and sales
- Typesetting considerations – house styles and presentation of your book to readers
- An explanation of the different types of editions your book might be available in – ebooks (PDF/EPUB) / print (print on demand, short-run printing, litho printing / hardback, paperback, spiro-bound
- Audio books – future developments
- Production processes explained so you can see what happens after you send in your manuscript
- Timelines for production
Sales & Marketing
- Author / contributor bios – a guide to writing compelling bios that engage readers and help to sell books
- Book descriptions and back cover blurbs – why they matter and how to write them
- Bookshops – how to work with them effectively, from someone who has owned and run one
- Brand assets – our brand logos and other branded resources
- Events – ideas / planning / what to do on the day / follow-up
- Keywords – what are they, and why are they crucial to selling your book?
- Marketing plan – a focussed plan on one page
- Social media marketing – which platform to choose, and why
- Wordcatcher’s marketing strategy – how this complements your own activities
- How your book gets into readers’ hands
- What we can, and can’t, do as a small publisher
- Channels we work with
- Contracts and agreements
- Sales reports – how do I know how many books I’ve sold?
- Royalties – how and when do I get paid?