Ocean Reeve Publishing (ORP) is always looking at ways to provide the full range or services and offerings to authors. Primarily ORP is an assisted independent publishing company. However, we are fully aware that this process does not suit every author. Therefore we have now established a self-publishing imprint where the process in publishing differs slightly depending on your needs as an author. Before we explore the differences in each of the options availabel, lets examine the defintion of both self-publishing and assisted idnependent publishing.
Assisted Independent Publishing
This model is very similar to the hybrid publishing model – a cross between traditional and self-publishing. As with self-publishing, assisted independent publishing requires a financial investment, however, authors maintain 100% of the rights to their books and also have input into their editing, design, and marketing. As an assisted independent publisher, we ensure the final book is as polished and professional as possible. Not to be confused with “vanity publishing,” assisted independent or hybrid publishers will not accept just any manuscript or author.
In the assisted independent model, we provide professional editing services which are more in line with the trade publsihing process. Our book designs are all of an industry standard and do not deviate from the quality control needed for the retail market to take our publications seriously. In addition, we provide a Book Marketing Mentorship program which is focused on establishing your foundation as an author and susccesfully promoting your publication(s) so to not only make a return on your investment but also build a career as an author. Finally, Ocean Reeve Publishing has a strong distribution network where we promote our titles in our catalog to distributors, suppliers and retailers within the book selling industry. Our immediate focus is Australia, New Zealand and the United States, however our network also spreads to Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition, royalties are split between author and publisher, but only on books that we sell. Any books you as an author sells is 100% yours. Ocean Reeve Publishing authors receive anywhere from 85% (if sold direct to a consumer through our website), to 40% (if sold in a retail avenue) of royalties.
At Ocean Reeve Publishing, it’s our goal to create books that meet or exceed our authors’ expectations while positioning them to thrive in the marketplace. Our marketing efforts are custom-tailored to each book and we encourage our authors to be proactive in their marketing efforts.
There are distinctive differences between hybrid/assisted independent publishing and self-publishing. Like the above, there is a financial investment in the self-publishing process. Reviewing what we also mentioned above about editing and design, the self-published author has 100% total control over the editorial initiated and the look and feel of their book(s). Whilst this can be problematic in a promotional sense as it could mean sub-standard design and a high potential of editorial concerns, the final call on the standards are the authors.
In addition, the book marketing and promotion is generally soley in the hands of the author. We do not limit the Book Marketing Mentorship to only assisted independent authors and do offer it to self-published authors, however the ongoing support is less in this case. The largest difference between the two is the distribution network. As a self-published author, Ocean Reeve Publishing would not include your title into our catalog or distribution network. We would not promote it to libraries, bookstores and distributors either here in Australia or overseas. Hence why we have set up Genesis Publishing – so you can still have the professional team working with you to develop a quality publication but also maintain total control over how your book is marketed and distributed.
Who Want’s To Live Forever?
Why Should You Publish A Book
#1 You Are Creative
The first and most obvious reason is that you are creative. Without a doubt, you are creative. Everyone is. It’s just that creative expression we had running through us as children was educated out of us. We became part of that mob mentality to fill a quota. Writing is freeing, cathartic, inspiring, exhilarating, and fulfilling. We all have a story, insight or education that we can share. For some of us, it’s more than one. The simple truth is that to become a writer, you just need to say, ‘I want to write a book’ and then write it. To become an author, you just need to say, ‘I want to publish my book’ and then publish it. To create a successful book, we need to promote, market and work with people that can support our vision and dream.
#2 Personal Growth
Another profound reason is the natural, introspective process that is writing. It helps us grow. For some people, it helps discover our purpose or reinvent our ‘why’. Through the writing process, we gain perspective of our true passion and why it matters so much to us. Moreover, it helps us connect with our values and motivations which is of incredible value to our own growth. Writing is also a learning experience. No matter what genre you are writing, you’re likely to undertake research during this process. As a result, this opens you up to new ideas and new ways of thinking. You’ll be energised by the lifelong learning component in writing. You will resurface as a published author with lessons to share. From that, many doors can open for you in speaking, interviews and other professional opportunities.
#3 Why Not?
Finally, why you should write? Why not? Life in the 21st Century has presented us with many obligations – kids, work, tax, bills, health, politics, security, equality, status, wellbeing. Let’s be honest, it’s monotonous, boring and frustrating. While certain elements of these do give us fulfilment, these obligations also produce suffering and pain. We tend to create a bubble around ourselves to protect us from the doubt and anxiety they can often cause. By doing so, we are restricting our possibilities.
Writing and then learning how to publish a book pops that bubble. We are taking action with something unfamiliar and yes, it can be scary, we get that. But, that’s why it’s also exciting. The only way you can grow as a person is by forcing yourself to leave your comfort zone. In the space of Assisted Independent Book Publishing, you are not alone in this adventure. Along with the publishing team, you are supported in your marketing and distribution. You can even organise a literary agent with us to further your dream.
Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.
The next exciting development in this space of book publishing is the evolution of the industry. Many years ago, the only answer to that question ‘How do I publish my book’ was to shoot for the stars and pitch to a traditional publisher. Or spend huge amounts of money to walk the vanity publishing road. Self-publishing developed and opened up a huge world of opportunity for aspiring authors to publish their work.
However, with the market swamped by so many self-publishing companies, there were organisations and individuals who did not act in the best interests of vulnerable creatives looking to share their story. Corruption exists in every industry including the publishing industry. Many of these self-publishing companies bring no professional education or training to the table. There is also very little marketing support offered by self-publishing companies in Australia or internationally.
We must add that not all self-publishing houses in Australia or worldwide are unethical. In fact, some of the best self-publishing companies in Australia specifically, do offer quality services. However, like many industries, one bad apple and…well, you know the rest. This is where Assisted Independent Book Publishing enters the publishing industry. Above all, you are working with a team of highly trained, professionals to bring your writing to A+ class requirements. Above all, you are publishing a book with high industry standards, and market creatively with pride. Furthermore, it is now affordable and easy to implement.
How Do I Publish My Book?
When looking into how to publish your book, you need to accept it will cost time, money, resources, and people. Firstly, the time we can structure. Secondly, the people we can all on. Next, the resources needed tend to be already available. However, if there is no ROI in writing and publishing, we have to look at why we are doing it. At very least, we should aim to make our investment back. Once you commit those ideas flowing around inside you to paper, and then publish your book, can you actually earn income from Assisted Independent Book Publishing.
Remarkably, only a tiny percentage of the population will ever publish a book. So while it seems the book market is swamped, in fact, it’s not. It is just popular. By publishing your book, you will fit into the creative community. Consequently, you will also stand out as a creative individual who has published a unique book. Regardless of genre, the fact you are an author presents a level of authority and credibility towards your professional career. It matters. Books matter.
Creative Expression and Legacy in Book Publishing
Freddy Mercury said it best…’Who Wants To Live Forever?’. We can’t decide how long we will be here but we can decide on how well we’ll live while we’re here. By expressing ourselves creatively, authentically, with no barriers or social expectations, we can own who we are and our ‘why‘. Through writing, we expose elements of ourselves we never thought we could. By then publishing, we can then offer it to the world for consumption, feedback, enjoyment, education, the list goes on. Long after we are gone, those publications will still be here and making an impact. Therefore, by publishing, we establish our legacy, and it is here to stay.
Book Publishing – So Ask Yourself…
You are reading this for a reason. Maybe you have been contemplating writing a book for a while. Possibly something has happened in your world that you wish to share or educate others in. Perhaps you just have a crazy story to tell. No more excuses! You are here to take action; believe in your creative expression; and create a legacy. So commit to your dream and reach out to make it a reality.
There you have it! Any reason not to write? No? Maybe just one. You may not know where to start or how to structure your writing. All good, we can help you. We have specialists who can mentor you through the writing process. This is regardless of whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, in whatever genre. The mentorship is structured through two face-to-face conference calls. Following that are a series of developmental critiques as you write. This is so you are supported through the process the entire time.
Introduction to Writing Mentoring
Firstly we set up a video conference call with you and establish what you want to write and your vision. We discuss the outline, crafting of your story and set timelines. Then you are set two tasks to complete. Next, we review your submissions. We set up a second conference call where we discuss the homework and develop your writing structure and style. We also guide you through several developmental skills so you can begin the writing process.
From there, you are tasked to complete chapters in batches of two which are then structurally critiqued. These critiques dig deeper into your writing to ensure the fluidity, sentencing, and flow of the manuscript. It needs to be enticing, logical and connect with your reader. We continue this process until the end of the manuscript. Once approved, you then self-edit to ensure you have delivered your message or story that you aimed to deliver. If you would like to inquire about the writing mentorship program, please click below. You will be taken to a page where you go through the process and costs are unpacked further. Submit your interest and of the team will contact you to discuss.