An Overview of Publishing a Book

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If you are an aspiring author who dreams of publishing your own book, you are probably wondering what processes are involved to make it happen. It is a thrilling experience to witness how your book takes shape from your scratchy handwriting or rough typed pages to the final material ready for print. 

The process of publishing a book under a major publisher does not differ much from indie publishing or even doing it by yourself. The process happens pretty much the same: 


What happens during the book editing process is more than fixing your grammar or making your sentences flow smoothly. Your chosen editor will work with you for months to ensure the quality of your content. The editor will also help you with the language of your text, making it more readable. There are several important stages in book editing and every book deserves to have the appropriate time dedicated to them.

A professional editor will work on your book refining the writing; organizing the flow of content, creating a table of contents; proofreading for grammar and punctuation while keeping your voice and tone; reference checks, copyright page content, author bio, author offerings in back of book.

Developmental editing (also known as substantive line editing): Developmental editing – Intensive, substantive editing that looks at the big picture, organization and strength of the book. The document is evaluated as a whole and problems of structure, organization, coherence, and logical consistency are corrected. Sentences may be removed or added. Paragraphs may be rewritten, condensed, or expanded. Blocks of text may be moved from one section to another. We look at pacing, characters, tense, plots, points of view, and dialogues.  Developmental editing considers all the aspects of a manuscript that make the book readable and enjoyable. Because of the extensive nature of this form of editing, it is more time intensive and costly. However, it is worth the investment if you are serious about succeeding as an author.

Heavy copy editing: This goes deeper than proofreading. Heavy copy editing strengthens weak sentences and tightens up the flow and style of the writing throughout the entire manuscript.

Basic copy editing: Correcting problems of grammar, style, repetition, word usage, and jargon. Copy editing includes one revision at no additional charge. Turnaround time is typically three business days.

Quantum Shift Media offers book evaluation to help you identify what type of editing your manuscript needs. Book your assessment today: 


After your manuscript passed the quality standard set by the editorial department, it is now ready for layout. This process involves designing your cover, laying out the pages of the book, determining the size and the page count. This is where you can see how your book will look when printed.  Our authors receive 3 or 4 book cover designs to choose from. These are made available to the author early in the production process so that they can be used for effectively marketing the book. We also professionally design the interior of your book to easily move the reader through your book.

Quantum Shift Media carefully works with our authors during the layout process because we want to make sure that we are capturing how you visualize your masterpiece. During the book production and proofing process, we communicate regularly to ensure quality.


Marketing the book begins with creating a buzz for it. This can be done while the book is still in the production process. In this stage, the editorial department is working closely with the marketing department to produce materials for promotion. This is the phase where your social media and online presence are established.

With years of experience, Quantum Shift Media is able to customize a marketing strategy that suits your needs before your book launch. We work with you to determine your potential readers and target market for your genre. We also explore the many powerful and effective methods we have that would work best for you to help you get the word out about your new book.

The most important part of marketing your book is your book launch. We have proven systems that can get your book on the Amazon Bestseller list. We also work with you to establish a book launch campaign, whether virtual or live book signings, that is perfect for your lifestyle and budget.

If you are ready to publish your book, we can help you! Schedule a FREE Book Analysis with us and we can point you to the right direction to keep you on track: 

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