Commercialize Your Academic Research – Start Making Money!

ARE YOU MAKING ANY MONEY
FROM YOUR ACADEMIC RESEARCH?

Have you completed complicated graduate projects and want to do something with the work completed?

 If the answer is ‘no’ – I haven’t done anything with my academic research – you may be thinking –

“I didn’t know I could do that; how do I start?”

Graduation Hats are just the beginning; now its time to make that dissertation pay off!

Graduation Hats are just the beginning; now its time to make that dissertation pay off!

 

Academic Publication Service

Dawn D. Boyer, Ph.D., award-winning business entrepreneur, published author (750+ books, 700+ on Amazon/Kindle, editor, and publisher for 40+ successful independent authors), and experienced educator is now offering a unique service to academic educators.

Dr. Boyer takes your academic research (your copyrighted Master’s Thesis, Doctoral Dissertation, your collection of Journal articles, Informal or Formal Educational Blogs, etc.) and converts those bodies of knowledge and research to a published book that earns you direct residual royalties and income from online direct sales.  You supply your manuscript file and Dr. Boyer will convert that scholarly, educational piece into a commercial (lay-person friendly format) publication, which increases your exposure to the world as an educator and helps you earn direct and residual income on sales from your hard work.

If you have academic project work that you completed from school, you can convert that into an ebook for other scholars to review and refer to for literature reviews or academic research while you earn a little cash on the side from those sales of a project you have already completed!

You invested thousands of dollars in tuition, education, and continuing education, and conducted time-consuming and costly academic research – all out of your pocket.  Don’t let that research and hard work die on the vine!

 

The Problem

  • When you submit your final dissertation to a university registrar’s office just before graduation, you are asked, “Do you wish to make your dissertation available to scholastic databases for access by other researchers and educators?”  You most likely checked the ‘yes’ box.  What you have done is allowed another entity to make money on your hard work and scholarly research.
  • While a database depository company is making money off your hard work by selling copies of the dissertation to others direct or via subscription service to students and staff of educational institutions – you earn nothing.

The Solution – START EARNING!

  • Allows other academics and the general public to more easily find your work.
  • Your career-related exposure on the Internet is increased, which we recommend educators to help dean’s and HR find professors to hire.
  • You earn royalties on all sales – which are deposited directly into your bank account with no middle-man fees between the sales channel and you. No follow-up emails asking for more of your money!
  • You can earn affiliate fees from your book from links on your websites.
  • Academics can recommend their own publications to their students in reading lists or required textbook reading(s) to increase sales and royalties, when allowed by the school.
  • Potentially increase your ‘citations by others’ in Google Scholar, increasing your visibility for career advancement and academic recognition.
  • Opportunity to publish your full curriculum vitae at the end of the book to increase your visibility to hiring deans and for speaking engagements.
  • Add ‘Published Author’ on your Curriculum Vitae
  • After publication of your scholarly work, you can sell your own books at conventions, trade shows, and speaking engagements. You buy at wholesale price, sell at retail price, and earn the difference.
  • Services also offer converting a complete series of work (annually; e.g. academic publications, white papers, etc.)

 

Ask Yourself These Questions:

  • How many semesters of classes have you built massive PowerPoint presentations to teach the class which can be converted to a textbook, commercial book to offer the same educational materials to the layperson or to assist others teaching the same topic?
  • How many journal articles have you written – but were not accepted for publication? How many journal articles have you written, were accepted and printed, but you had to cut out much of the material to keep it within guidelines?
  • How many white papers have you written on a topic to present to the academic community, the business community, or the trade community?

All of the above is valuable information you can compile into your OWN BOOK.  You have already written the material. Now, compile it into a book and start earning money (royalties)!

 

What You Get:

  • Publication-ready, manuscript file for soft-cover upload.
  • Cover design and assistance with marketing pages inside the book.
  • Assistance on determining pthe rice for the soft-cover book and breakout for potential royalties earned via six different sales channels.
  • Your book is available via six sales outlets: Amazon USA, and Amazon UK, and Amazon Europe (Eastern), via printing entity, academic institutions and libraries, and book catalogs.
  • Online publication account set up, loaded with your manuscript, and direct royalty deposit account set up for current and future publications.
  • Editing, formatting, and set-up by Ph.D. level, APA-style (6th), and marketing savvy expert(s).
  • All royalties are paid directly into a bank account of your choice monthly, earnings statements available 24/7, and 1099 form sent at the end of the year for revenue earnings and tax purposes.

 

GET STARTED NOW!

  • Start earning royalties and income …
  • Start earning a ROI from your research work …
  • Start recuperating the costs of your past tuition …
  • Start marketing your expertise for future academic career opportunities  …
  • Let your scholastic achievements earn you future and continuing income  …

 

The Details:

Conversion for Dissertation to Commercial Publication: provides the following elements: ISBN number, front cover page, copyright declaration, foreword, acknowledgements, chapter (first page) placements, appropriate widow/orphan elements, aesthetic text placement, appropriate font sizing, margins, headers/footers, indexes, appendixes, about the author page, author’s curriculum vitae, advertising/marketing (hot-links, QR codes), and ‘light’ editing (where warranted).

 

Package & Price which includes a third-party publishing ISBN:

<10,000 words                                      $999.00

10,000 – 115,000 words                     $1299.00

115,001 – 150,000 words                    $1,599.00

(for a higher word count or faster turnaround times, contact for pricing!)

 

WHAT YOU GET:

Formatting Elements and Sizes: Once formatting and editing completed, book is formatted as up-loadable file for publishing platforms, following best practice, market, book sizes (minimum of 25 pages):

 

Dissertation / Thesis Conversion   (150+ pages)                                 6″ x 9″
(best practice size for convenience)

 

Alternative Publishing Packages could include Education Projects or Article collections in paperback and/or ebook versions for sale on Amazon:

Collection of Journal Articles / Blogs      (with graphics)                   6” x 9”

Philosophy, Essays, Other Subjects       (limited graphics)                5.5” x 8”

Additional Options:
Digital Reader Formatting                      (digital e-book)                     5.5” x 8”

(e-book creation is an additional charge to paperback book fees and not recommended for academic dissertations because it dilutes the value of the commercial book; BUT ebooks – in addition to paperback versions for academic publishing for articles, research projects, journal article collections are highly recommended!)

 

Signed and executed a confidentiality agreement and memo of understanding (CA/MOU)must be signed before commencing work. Instructions for proceeding will be sent within 24 hours of checkout.

 

Included:

Cover Design – simple cover design (front & back) with author’s copyrighted graphics or photos, public domain images, or editor’s provided design (two alternate designs provided for the author to choose from), front cover duplicated on inside title page, or author can submit his or her own cover for use.

Marketing Elements – includes hot-links for marketing and advertising or career enhancement, as well as QR codes for scanning for POC information and driving readers to a business website (URL, Facebook, blog, etc.) – all within the book itself.

Upload file online for softcover book publishing, with direct sales to Amazon library (e-book not recommended for dissertations / major research studies because it reduces softcover royalties), with six sales channels for online and catalog sales.

Link the published book directly to the author’s bank account for direct deposit of royalty funds.  (Editor will need a photocopy of a voided check or typed bank routing & account numbers.)

Access to online publishing platform to purchase book(s) at wholesale author’s rates.

Royalties report for price set point for each sales channel for each online sale.

The service implies no warranty for future sales, three days to cancel contract, with any pro-rated refunds based on work completed.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

You have lots of questions, and I have answered lots of questions from previous authors who are seeking dissertations, thesis, academic papers, blog collections, and/or project portfolios compiled into manuscripts for their self-published books. I have also gotten inquiries from folks who want to get their fiction, memoirs, poetry, and other types of books published. I have provided the answers to those frequently asked questions (FAQs) in a compendium below. Enjoy the education and insight into the world of publishing!

 

How do I know my book will sell?  Who does my marketing for the book? 

There is no guarantee it will sell; authors are responsible for marketing their own books – pushing the book at conventions, social media marketing, pushing the books to friends, family, academic peers, so you do the marketing – unless you decide to hire a publicist to assist you. (I can recommend one for you!).

 

ANECDOTE: General Colin Powell was one of the speakers at a Navy Blue Coast annual military trade show and convention circa 2007/2008 (Virginia Beach, VA) and he told this story:

Powell had signed a contract to write a book (may have been his “My American Journey” (http://amzn.to/2irWrQk; Ballentine Books) or “In His Own Words: Colin Powell” (http://amzn.to/2jQzz2c; Perigee Trade]) with a huge publishing company. He received a $1M advance on the book.

While he was in the publisher’s offices, they pushed the advanced royalty check across the desk to him.

And then they asked, “What is your plan to market your book?”

He was dumbfounded and responded, “I thought you all did that?”

They responded, “Oh, no. We print massive copies of the book and ensure they get into the stores, but marketing your book is up to you …”

So, General Colin Powell had to make plans to market his own book, hire a PR firm, set up a marketing schedule, including visiting bookstores, advertise his book signings, and more.

 

Authors of books are really the critical marketing point for sales – they must get out to speak, offer papers at conventions, get onto TV shows, send out emails to fellow academics to get the book on class reading lists, get the book into university and college student bookstores and libraries, and call up the local book stores and book fairs to meet with readers and sell the books. They can call up and/or email academic professors to encourage them to add the book to their student’s reading lists. In the long run – the royalties can be impressive with a nice tidy stream of residual income!

 

What is the advantage of converting my dissertation / thesis / academic papers / art / work of fiction / collection of poems / or writing portfolio to a commercial book?

It is an amazing opportunity to showcase your research study, your skills and knowledge, and your newfound Subject Matter Expertise (SME; PhD dissertation or Master’s Thesis) to the ‘world’ in a commercial book of your own. If you are an artist or writer, a portfolio of your work is a future income stream when you appear at galleries or shows. Ph.D. authors have found the first commercial book from their dissertation is a springboard for a second book, which builds upon the topic in their dissertation conversion, targets a population for their career (as teacher/instructor), and/or for business development in their business or entrepreneurial career path.  Some authors use it to earn income or to note another bullet on their CV, as well as use it for conferences (back of the room sales) or even as a business development ‘give-away’ premium. If you have submitted your dissertation to ProQuest, you will have read the tiny print indicating that they earn money on providing your dissertation to the academic subscribers to their databases, and if anyone purchases your dissertation from the database, you earn royalties. The problem is – academics usually have free access to the databases (they don’t pay for downloads), and those outside academic institutions are unwilling to pay $29-$49 per download. This leaves the author of the dissertation with nothing.  BUT, if they convert the dissertation to a commercial book at a reasonable paperback book price ($12.99-$19.99), the author has control of all the royalties earned via Amazon and online sellers, and can purchase the books and sell at conferences for more income.

If you have a work of fiction, a how-to book, a book of poems, or memoirs, it could take years for a publisher to look at your manuscript, and the chances of those publishing houses accepting your book for publication are very low.  They are (in 2017 and beyond) more interested in hiring the next Top 10 blockbuster author (think Steven King, Nicholas Sparks, Bill O’Reilly) than they are in giving ‘new authors’ a chance to get into the market.  In 2016, self-published authors were a higher percentage of new books (52%) on the market than via third-party Publishing Houses (48%).  The indicators are that percentage may grow to 75% in the next decade.

 

How do I figure out what level package I need to purchase – based on the number of words in my original dissertation document?

The entire document needs to be considered in the word count for a quote. Open your Word doc, and highlight the entire document (Control “A”; including title pages, appendix, references, etc.), and then click on the word menu tab, ‘Tools,’ then ‘Word Count’ in the sub-menu. This provides a precise word count to determine the size of the package to purchase. The package includes light to medium editing, formatting of the book for softcover, an added index and coded table of contents (for non-fiction, textbooks), and more. Dissertation conversion and academic authors should include all appendices, letters to research subjects, IRB requests and approvals, and the committee approval page. (Ask the editor for a quote based on number of words, and intensity of editing needed.)

 

Besides sending in my dissertation or manuscript and payment, what else would I need to do to prepare to use the service?

There are two documents sent to you once you have purchased the package:

  • The Confidentiality Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding – this encompasses a signed agreement indicating the package you, the author, purchased and the services provided are for copyrighted materials, the proprietary information remains your copyrighted materials, and outlines the basic steps and services to be performed for a resulting product. This is a legal document that protects the author’s copyrighted materials and assets.
  • The working communication document (called the ‘Author’s Cheat Sheet’) used to give you step-by-step instructions for tasks on your end, and then all the pieces and parts used in the publication galley will be documented, communications documented, and then vital info for you to access your account(s) and receive royalties.
  • Later a marketing check sheet will be provided to you, the author, to enable you to follow step-by-step, multiple and various methods in which you can get the word out about your book via social media, as well as a direct contact to a reasonably priced PR expert to assist you in getting media notice.

 

Are there any other fees beyond the published fees on your website?

The package price you purchase covers 100% of the inclusive set of tasks and project steps, which takes you all the way to the end – including your book cover design, marketing pages, ISBN number, etc.  In this manuscript (dissertation) conversion package / process – once the book galley and the cover is loaded to the publishing / printing platform, any/all sales royalties and revenues go directly into your bank account.  There are no additional middleman or processing fees from this consulting service once the book goes to publication.

Some books I advise to not create an e-book (such as dissertation conversions) because the low price of e-books could stymy any sales of paperback books. The higher the number of pages in the paperback book, the less recommendation there is for the e-book version.

Authors purchasing the light editing and formatting services for non-academic editing (fiction, how-to, artist portfolio compilations, memoirs) can obtain a flat-rate quote for an e-book (only) after the editing has been completed.

The publications of these books are as a 3rd-party publisher (DBC Publishing). The publishing platform is via the KDP platform. I set up a personal author’s profile in the system, and complete the uploading of the book, covers, format the files for the printed version, set up ISBN #’s, and set up at least five marketing and sales channels via Amazon and book catalogs so the book is available to the international marketplace – including Amazon USA, Europe, Great Britain, Japan, and all the other marketplaces that Amazon offers books.

DBC Publishing is a ‘third-party’ publishing brand and prices include the ISBN-related branding.  The publishing house name will be “DBC Publishing” and this ensures the book comes across on sales platforms as ‘third party publishing’ versus ‘self-published.’  (The higher-level editing and ‘ghost-writing’ services will include the cost of the ISBN in the service price.)

The only thing the service fee does not cover in dissertation and/or academic writing is your Curriculum Vitae, added into the book (additional charge depending upon whom you use to assist you in compiling / rewriting the CV – D. Boyer Consulting provides this service – http://dboyerconsulting.com/resume-writing/ ). The resume is a separate purchase, via D Boyer Consulting’s Resume Writing Services: http://dboyerconsulting.com/resume-writing/  and http://dboyerconsulting.com/resume-writing/stage-one/, if you have not already completed that career tool.  Some authors have had other services create their CV, and we can add that into the book, but it may be ‘tweaked’ in formatting and layout, depending upon the dimensions of the final book itself.

 

Is publication guaranteed with Amazon?

The publication is released on Amazon, and in at least four other marketing channels for your book, including:

  • Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing
  • Expanded Distribution shares the book’s title, which is already distributed and available in the USA and Canada, to: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Japan

 Expanded Distribution of the title are through the following channels (this does not guarantee the book will be ordered by any retail stores, but it does increase the odds):

  • Kindle Direct Publishing – makes book available to certified resellers through the wholesale website.
  • Bookstores and Online Retailers – makes book available to online and offline retailers such as Barnes & Noble and to distributors such as Ingram book distributor, and NACSCORP, in between 6-10 weeks, this also enables the book’s availability to Book Repository in countries not yet on the Amazon websites (e.g., Australia)
  • Libraries and Academic Institutions – make book available via Baker & Taylor to libraries and academic institutions.

 

Additionally, you will receive several pages of directions, ideas, and suggestions to market your newly published book, and contact information for a public relations manager if you wish to use a PR person to assist you in moving the book into the ‘public eye.’

Because you are the author, and own the publishing platform ‘profile,’ you can purchase your own book (any number, from one copy to thousands) at the author’s ‘cost’ – which may possibly be less than $5 each (e.g., based on a black and white content book, under 500 pages; before S&H). This allows the author to be able to purchase large quantities for resale at speaking engagements or book signings.  Quantities of books, purchased by the author, over 1,000 are also discounted further.  You can sign into your KDP account, click on the book you wish to purchase, and the program will take you back to Amazon to complete the purchase, but at the author’s wholesale price.

 

For Academics: Can I get more than one type of publication created? What if I am not interested in my dissertation being converted, but rather would like to use the dozens of scholarly journal articles published or a collection of blog articles?

Yes – absolutely. You can create as many books as you wish – a collection of articles, blogs, or essays, your dissertation or graduate thesis, research studies (quantitative or qualitative) in single or multiple studies. You tell the editor what you wish to publish; we can work with you to get it online and for sale on the world’s largest book publishing and sales platform (Amazon).

Each publication can be purchased directly via the ‘by-the-word’ package on the website. Contact: Dawn Boyer, Ph.D., (Dawn.Boyer@me.com) for special quotes or check the website pages at: http://dboyerconsulting.com/writing-editing-print-on-demand-books/

 

For Non-Academics: Can I get more than one type of publication created? What if I am interested in a collection of blog articles, essays, a business booklet / pamphlet, or a short story?

Yes – absolutely. You can create as many e-books as you wish – or even multiple e-books. The editor / publisher can assist you in publishing any number of e-books of any number of pages and get those uploaded into the Kindle Publishing platform.  These e-books do not need ISBN#s (thus saving you money), but do need to be in a certain format for the readers to be able to offer the digital download.  The flat rate for publishing an e-book is $300 per manuscript for a 6”x9” formatted page of content for up to 100 pages, which includes formatting, light editing, and placement on the digital profile for sales via Amazon.

 

Where are the books going to be sold?

The books are not sold directly via a middleman distribution center or buyers / sales staff. These are print-on-demand paperback books, which means they are sold on platforms that include: Amazon USA, Amazon UK, and Amazon Eastern Europe, as well as directly available for sale via book catalogs to educational institutions (colleges and universities), libraries (public and private), and to retail resellers (Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Walmart online, etc.).

The author has the onus to advertise the books, market books personally, offer them via their business website, in person, develop an email list to push the book to recipients, or sell the books at speaking engagements, etc.  This sales funnel also directs your book through Ingram – the world’s international book catalog.

The process works this way: An order comes through the multiple sales channels (noted above), and the file for the order and the publication is sent directly to a printer in that geographic area (whether USA or another country).  The printer will then print the book(s), label, package, and mail the book directly to the consumer who ordered it via the online sales channel.  Once you have uploaded the files to KDP, you never have to touch anything related to shipping, handling, printing – ever.

 

What is it you actually do? Do you rewrite the original publication?

The publishing editor will need to ‘review’ the manuscript. For the ‘light to medium editing services’ package, the publication is not rewritten with an exception of correcting ‘glaring’ editing issues or concerns, missing words, or overlooked punctuation issues in the original text. If a sentence doesn’t make sense or is written so a layperson has problems understanding it, the editor will contact and work with the author to correct, update, and edit. Superfluous words such as ‘Therefore,’ ‘Hence,’ ‘As a result,’ ‘That,’ ‘In order to,’ and ‘The’ may be words that are deleted if they do not add vital meaning to the sentence(s) as they are mostly unnecessary words (academically).

The editor/publisher is more involved with formatting the original document for publication to a public marketing platform, getting galley completed, files format, and uploading/submitting to the printer, while enabling the publication for sale via an international marketing platform.

If the author purchases the heavy editing / ghostwriting level of services, then there will be potential rewrites on sections that may be needing ‘major work or improvements’ for readability, understanding of concept or plot, or clarifying points or storyline. This also includes heavy editing for punctuation, spelling, grammar, tense, etc., in correcting the manuscript to be the most readable and more enjoyable storyline possible for future readers.  Also, the level of readability will be analyzed, e.g., if the book is meant for first graders, but written at a college level, there will be heavy discussion on the wording and reading level and suggested editing. Heavier editing will be an additional charge and discussed with the author in advance.

 

Is there a way to determine if the Editor believes it is worth publishing?

The editor does not / will not determine if it is ‘marketable,’ but can certainly provide an opinion on whether it is ‘publishable’ (professionally written). If the editor sees unmanageable issues, editing complications, or text errors that may impact an author’s academic reputation, the editor will provide suggestions to help the author get it to publishable and academic professionalism. This is extra work and billable as an added expense to the Author above the package prices quoted and posted on the business website with prices starting at $150 hour with a two-hour minimum.

 

Bank information: How do I know the editor/publisher won’t use my banking account info to get into my account to withdraw money vs. depositing royalties?

The banking information routing and account numbers are used ONLY to provide banking data needed to deposit royalties into the author’s account. If the author is nervous about the process, establish a savings account at a bank where only royalties from publication sales are deposited and no other transaction occurs. Authors receive an email notification of deposit(s) made or pending directly from Amazon circa the 20th or 21st of the royalties distribution month (KDP pays every 90 days), and can quickly withdraw those deposits at their earliest convenience after they are deposited (normally within 10 days of the email notification).

 

Purchasing: How do I purchase my own book(s)?

The author would sign into KDP and click on the “…” to purchase a copy of their book via their Amazon account and then provide credit card data to make the purchase. The book purchase will have shipping and handling added, and the author can purchase unlimited numbers of copies of the book(s). Delivery is usually in one to two weeks (and as much as three to four weeks during high traffic holiday seasons such as Christmas). Purchasing larger quantities of books (1,000+) allows a discount based on the total number bought in one order, also.

 

When submitting the publication document to the editor, does the author send the whole thing (title page, abstract, lit review, acknowledgments, etc.)?

It is preferable you keep everything in one MS Office Word document (file). You can send the original document and then provide the other pieces in one additional document if you wish. Please refer to and communicate with the editor for further clarifications.

Identify what you are sending in separate document files in Microsoft Word format. All word content documents MUST be in Microsoft Word file format (.doc or .docx). The publishing editor does not and can not work with pdf or Adobe PhotoShop files.

 

You mentioned the publication won’t be the same format as the original – what changes?

ACADEMICS: Because dissertations and theses are formatted in a strict academic standard, a layperson reading the book may not be able to easily read the content or may not consider it aesthetically pleasing.  NON-ACADEMICS:  Most writers use an A4 (8.5”x11” page) set up to type up their original manuscript.  Once the paperback book or e-book manuscript starts getting formatted, the content area (text) will shrink, and may look ‘odd’ if printed on a regular printer with A4 paper size.  But it would be formatted to the proper printing size.

All sections will start on an ‘odd page’ so they begin on the right-hand side of an open book, thus may have a blank page before that odd page.  (Except e-book, blank pages will be deleted because not needed in digital format.)

Added space will be inserted for chapter first pages (more white space), line spaces may be 1.5-2 lines throughout the book.

Page numbers for the commercial book will eliminate the Roman numeral pages for the table of contents and simply start at page two (second page) to the end.

An index will be added for key terms throughout the book (for academic books).

The full curriculum vitae will be added (minus street address for protection against stalkers or identity thieves) to ensure robust marketing and business development, as well as career-enhancement value added to the publication (for academic books, or how-to commercial books).

An “About the Author” bio (1-2 pages), and “About the Book” page (to incentivize the reader to buy the book), and a “Social Media” or “Marketing Page” (business or academic books) will be added to help readers find the author on the Internet for follow-up contact and communications.

These are just to name a few potential changes.

You will have 100% control of what is in the book.  My job is to guide you towards best practice in formatting and publishing to get the best return on the investment for the end-product.

 

Can I add pictures, more illustrations, tables, or charts to enhance the publication?

Absolutely, YES, that is highly advisable. Provide black and white photos (either your own – or – professional illustrations or graphic pictures at a minimum of 300+ dots per inch (dpi), charts to enhance concepts, theories, or conclusions, or provide more clarification. Illustrations in an academic textbook are not common, but will allow your publication to be more reader friendly.

(If you are writing a non-academic book, illustrations greatly enhance the marketability of the book.)  It is the author’s onus to ensure the photos, illustrations, or other artwork included in the book is either their own, public domain, or the author has written signature authorization (model releases) to use the photos of others and/or their images in the book.

 

Can I add more text to enhance the publication to the layperson reading the book?

 Absolutely – that is perfectly acceptable. This is YOUR book. You can add whatever you wish to add to your content.  The original research study is done in the academic manuscript (dissertation).  If you have additional information, more resources to add, better examples, or follow-up to the original study, it would enhance the new publication.  You may add your own professional comments in a Forward at the beginning of the book; you may add a Chapter 5 or 6 at the end of the book.  You may add more references to the list if you have conducted more research and found more resources or add a suggested reading list.

 

Will the academic book be written with references and appendices just like my dissertation?

Yes – those will be included in the book and will be used to compile the word count to determine the cost of the service – most folks who would be interested in reading the main dissertation will also want to see the references and appendices, also. Highly advise keeping these inside the commercial book

 

How will the acknowledgment, dedication, and signature page be treated?

Where appropriate (a type of book), we usually combine the acknowledgment and dedication section and the signature page (assuming referring to the academic committee) will simply be the printed names of the committee members and dean of school (who had oversight to the committee). Any author of any type of book may add an acknowledgment, dedication, and signature page if they so wish.

 

ACADEMIC: Anything pertaining to the university will be taken out correct?

Since this is your book, if you want to remove any school-related information, you can, but 99% of academic dissertations conversions leave that data. Two answers: depends and it’s up to you …

You may want to include any/all references to the school/ university because it will be embedded in your CV, in the committee names, and referencing the IRB, as well as potentially if you used sources or resources from the school to which you need to refer.  The university name may have a positive bearing on the ‘value’ and validity of your study and on your dissertation conversion book.

If you wish to remove all references to the University, it’s perfectly acceptable – again – it’s your book.  You may still have reference to the school when we add in your full-length curriculum vitae and the marketing pages in the back of the book.

 

For this service, will I be revising the writing to a “lay” audience?  

 You don’t have to revise the writing for a lay audience – in most cases – the audience is who would be interested in your research topic as an academic study.  The revisions for a broader lay audience would be in a follow-on book; you explain how your research topic would be relevant to a general population.  Here are some ideas suggested to other Ph.D. authors for ‘second books’:

  • a qualitative study was a ground-breaking awareness of how a leader could ‘serve’ his/her subordinates in ‘servant leadership’ – he turned a common topic upside-down.  I suggested his 2nd book should be about stories, anecdotes, interviews, and interspersed with stories about how the concept came about during his extreme hiking adventures (10k+ sea level).
  • a qualitative study interviewing teen mother’s ‘broke open the box’ of mental, cognitive, and social awareness of what a young teen mother goes through in her struggle between being a teen and being a mother and the duality of the new role they are playing in society, as well as showcasing how some teen mothers do not have the family, peer, or social support they need the most.  The 2nd follow-on book suggested was to use the interviews (with anonymous names and identifiers) or interview other teen mothers, and relay their stories with each chapter highlighting the teen mother’s situation, identifying each one’s biggest problems she is dealing with, then documenting how the teen mother overcame the negatives and instigated the positives and the final results and/or solutions.

 

Do you have any testimonials from people who have used this service?

Several authors who have used the services. Below is a list of books released for publication using the services (2014-2016). These author’s POCs are available simply by looking in the Amazon “peek inside the cover” function for each book:

 

Babb, D. (2014). How to Make Money Teaching Online (2nd Ed.) – How to Land Your First Academic Job, Build Credibility, and Earn a Six-Figure Salary. Mandevilla Press. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2isaFko

Babb, D. (2016). Dani Babb’s Making a Living Teaching Online Advice Column Compendium: Articles that Answer the Burning Questions You Always Wanted to Ask. California: The Babb Group. Retrieved from: www.TheBabbGroup.com

Beteh, J. (2016). Exploring Leadership Styles and Faculty Satisfaction in Higher Education. Va. Beach, VA: DBC Publishing. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jJA3Da

Conzelmann, J. (2015). Leadership Recognition of Organizational Citizenship Behaviors in Performance Evaluations in Washington State Healthcare Organizations. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2iTWfup

Foor, B. (2014). The Role of Compassion in Servant Leadership. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting.  Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2iU5w5A

Ford, K. (2015). Negotiating Identities: The Transition to Motherhood in Young Urban Adolescent Mothers. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2iU3L8v

Gillespie, S. (2016). Correlational Study of Risk Management and Information Technology Project Success. Va. Beach, VA: DBC Publishing. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jJv8SR

Green, A. (2015). Transitioning Registered Handler-Animal Therapy from the Institution to the Community: A Research Study. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting.  Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2isl13v

Lapinski, N. (2014). The Knowing: Awake in the Dark. Independent Publishing Platform. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jJpZdd

Lapinski, N. (2016). Habits That Heal – Transcending Fear and Anxiety. (About the Book, Back Cover Description). Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jJmdk2

Musil, E. (2014). Leadership Attributes for the Virtual Environment: A Qualitative Study. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2isbvO4

Nobles, C. (2015). Exploring Pilots’ Experiences of Integrating Technologically Advanced Aircraft Within General Aviation: A Case Study. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jJmofc

Perez, M. (2015). Knowledge Transfer by Industrial Security Personnel at a United States-Based Aerospace Company: A Phenomenological Study. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jjcZyx

Smith, K. (2015). Factors Related to Middle School Teachers’ Self-Efficacy in Inclusion Classrooms: A Research Study. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jj6Cva

Wall, T. (2016). Experience of Parents in Seeking Treatment for Their Child Diagnosed With ADHD. Va. Beach, VA: DBC Publishing. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jjd3ON

 

If you wish to look at personal and work recommendations for work – please see Dawn D. Boyer, Ph.D.’s LinkedIn profile for 90+ recommendations for resume writing, business development, and other services provided to past clients and/or peers & co-workers; www.linkedin.com/in/DawnBoyer.

Read her 25+ ‘five-star’ reviews and recommendations on her Google Business Plus site at:
https://www.google.com/search?q=resume+writing+virginia+beach&oq=resume+writing+virginia+beach#q=resume+writing+virginia+beach+boyer  (click on the advertisement that pops up for D. Boyer Consulting to read the reviews).

Recommendations for work by Dawn D. Boyer, can be found on her website at:

http://dboyerconsulting.com/kudos-referrals-and-recommendations/

 

Will I need an index for the book?

It is part of the package for academic and/or commercial content books!  We do all the work to create an intense, robust index for you.

 

My academic dissertation was published with UMI (or ProQuest, or Sage) in YYYY (graduation year); is this too old to change over to book format? This is my first step to getting my voice.

Some material never grows old unless the specific topic becomes extinct. For instance, if you have a dissertation that is focused on the market crash of 2008, then the topic may be of no further interest to any current target market a decade later. If you think the topic is interesting enough, of value to the academic community (especially as a book sales table in the back of a convention or conference after you present a paper), and potentially has value as a springboard for a second book, then go for it!

If your dissertation topic may no longer be of any interest, but you have been publishing often since graduation, perhaps you wish to compile all the material and articles into a compendium to sell?  That is another option for publishing!

 

Once the book is published, how does the Author know what to do next?

After it has been moved to the Print-on-Demand platform, all public relations, marketing, sales and advertising – is on the author’s shoulders. But authors receive a multiple-page list document rich with resources, tasks, suggestions, and other ideas to market their book.

Authors can issue (research which local newspapers or targeted trade organizations with trade papers may interested in your topic) press releases, market the book on social media, blog about the book on their personal business website, add “published author” to their resume, etc.  In other words, how the author sells the book is up to them.

The author is responsible for submitting the file to the Library of Congress to legally claim a copyright on this specific publication (and/or mail a copy to themselves in an unopened envelope).  The author is also responsible for paying any taxes on earned royalties and will be sent a 1099 from Amazon for reporting on their annual tax returns.

You own 100% of the copyrights to the publication, so if you wish to purchase multiple copies, and sell them at speeches, presentations, conventions – you are allowed to do so (where permitted by the venue).  You can obtain an affiliate link to the book and place that link on your business website for affiliate earnings as well as royalty earnings. If you want to add the book onto a recommended reading list for students in classes you teach, or as an addendum to required texts, or if school gives permission to use your publication as the required text, that is your option (where allowed).

 

Can I get more than one type of publication created? What if I am not interested in my dissertation being converted, but rather would like to use the dozens of scholarly journal articles published or a collection of blog articles?

Yes – Absolutely! You can create as many books as you wish – a collection of articles, blogs, or essays, your dissertation or graduate thesis, research studies (quantitative or qualitative) in single or multiple studies. You tell the editor what you wish to publish; we can work with you to get it online and for sale on the world’s largest book publishing and sales platform (Amazon).

 

What if I find out there was a mistake after publication – can I get it fixed?

Yes – you can repair or edit mistakes at any time, 24/7/364, but the updated document would have to be resubmitted to the publisher to ‘change out’ from the originally loaded document. It may take between 24-72 hours for the document / publication to ‘go live’ again for sale, once submitted. ANY manuscript updates after the final draft approval will cost the Authors additional editing fees, determined at the time of editing requirement notifications (starting at $150 hour; paid in advance, for file reload), unless the editing is something that ‘burped’ on the part of the editor / publisher (then no cost to re-load corrected file). Authors will be provided multiple opportunities to perform ‘Quality Assurance’ reviews of the book manuscript before each stage of publication, so essentially there should be no problems once the final galley is approved by the author.

 

Where are the books going to be distributed?

The books are printed via a geographically-centric, professional printer in an area of the country (or world) where the publishing site has vendor agreements. A buyer in Virginia may receive the book from a printer in North Carolina.  A buyer in California may receive the book from a printer in Oregon.  The list is proprietary to Amazon and the printers’ vendor information is not critical to the author.

The books will not be ‘distributed’ in bulk between a middleman and bookstores per se (traditional).  The book is linearly distributed via the printer (print-on-demand) and the buyer (user technology, advanced 21st Century methodology).

 

How many books will be printed and what is the minimum?

There is no minimum. This is print-on-demand, and the buyers will purchase the number of books they wish to purchase (or purchase and resell). The printer sets up the order lot and prints and delivers directly to the buyer. The author does not have to purchase any minimum number of books – ever. Or they can order as many as they wish at their printer’s discounted wholesale price, including deeper discounts for larger order amounts (1,000+).

 

Does the conversion service include formatting and editing for other books and scholarly journals?

The commercial dissertation conversion package includes the formatting and light editing for one (author submitted) book, which is the galley proof, includes a cover (front and back) design, working with the editor for ‘light editing’ (not heavy or line-by-line editing; those services will be extra).  The presumption is a dissertation is ‘100% perfect’ already in spelling, writing, grammar, punctuation, etc.

The editor has found in ALL ‘completely perfect 100%’ dissertations (or manuscripts)’ … something was missed by the author or dissertation committee. (In one manuscript case, there was a word ‘not’ missing, which critically reversed the conclusion the author intended in the dissertation. It was caught, discussed with the author, and corrected in the book to ensure it was now ‘perfect’ with the appropriate academic conclusion.)

For non-academic books, there are other packages for purchase for stages of publication. Please inquire to editor / publisher for packages and pricing.

 

AFTER THE BOOK IS PUBLISHED:

 

What is that strange string of words in my book description page on Amazon? Are they supposed to be there? Do they have a purpose?

 Yes. These words are key single-word tags and long-tail tags (identifiers) and are included in the book description to assist in the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for others to perform Boolean searches within search engine within Amazon’s book list.

Be aware, it may look a little weird, but will not take away from the book description, as it is tucked down lower in the section below the marketing and book information.  Most folks won’t bother to open the full book description, so will never see that set of words.

The words will show on the ‘see more’ section. The author definitely wants that list of words in that section to remain in the book page / description on Amazon.  Do not delete or ask customer service to delete them because you will reduce the find-ability of your book if those key words are removed.

This is one of the marketing secrets that other publishers don’t know to use or how to use – so, shhhhh – let’s keep this marketing trick to ourselves!)

 

I see my book on Amazon, but when I click on the preview, I can only see the front cover. Why can’t I see the back cover?

When uploading the full cover and completing the upload to KDP, the book’s page automatically shows the front cover, but it may take between three days to six weeks for the ‘back cover’ to show on the Amazon page. This is a ‘data tunnel’ issue, so be patient for it to appear. Additionally, the ‘peek inside the book’ option may not be available for between seven days to six weeks.

 

I discovered my book on the Barnes & Noble online site! How did that happen?

Because the book has been pushed into the marketing sales-funnel for mass book distribution via Ingram distribution, it becomes available in the big online book sales companies, as well as on Amazon.  You may also see the books online at Books-A-Million and other large book distributors within the USA, as well as Internationally. This also means books not available via Amazon purchases in countries such as India, Australia, or Brazil, will find their way into those countries to re-sellers via the Ingram mass book publishing catalog and the Book Depository services.  You may find your book available online via Walmart, Kmart, and other online retail stores.

 

Can I create a Kindle version of the book, also?

ACADEMICS:  You DO NOT want a Kindle version of an academic book.  Royalties for sales on the Kindle version are potentially between $0.75 – $1.25, and the ONLY reason you would offer an e-book is if the book is anticipated as a ‘NYT best-seller.’  When you can earn royalties of between $10-14 per paperback book sale, you don’t want to go e-book for pennies-on-the-dollar royalty earnings.

 

This next section is more information from a Huffington Post article and covers points not covered above.

ONCE THE BOOK IS ON AMAZON:

Resource: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brooke-warner/the-top-10-things-all-aut_b_6744386.html

Your Amazon ranking has nothing to do with sales. Although many authors are obsessed with it and like to send out mass e-mails to friends & family when the number drops, unfortunately, all your ranking means is people are looking at your page. It might be argued sales will inevitably rise due to more page views; the direct connection between ranking and actual sales is zero. Your ranking isn’t totally meaningless; it just doesn’t mean your book is really on a bestseller status (e.g. New York Times top sellers list).

Amazon employs scarcity tactics to get readers to buy books, and the impact on authors is they think their books are constantly out of stock when they’re not! If you see something on Amazon that reads–“Only 3 left in stock – order soon”– it’s not true. If you’re a traditionally published book; the publisher may be low on stock; but that’s usually not true. If you’re a print-on-demand author, your book can never be low on stock; Amazon has endless access to an endless supply. My best advice to authors is to start ignoring this inventory notice altogether. Amazon is creating an ‘urgency’ as a marketing trick (yay!) to psychologically encourage folks to buy the book now.

Your Amazon reviews carry weight. An author I work with recently told me that 50 is the magic number of reviews that triggers Amazon to start paying more attention to your book. After you hit 50, you get more visibility on Amazon. I’m just relaying what I heard, and since Amazon operates on logarithms, this makes sense to me. Therefore, you must get reviews! Ask for them at every turn, especially when your book is just out. Consider what incentives you might be able to offer people to review your book. Each review you get is like a rock being thrown into a body of water where your book is a buoy. The impact of all those little rocks will ultimately help your book rise higher and higher to get a little more notice. Because the sea of books is vast and your book is one lone buoy. Bowker reports in 2013, 458,564 books (print and digital) were self-published. With those kinds of stats, you shouldn’t feel guilty at all if it comes down to asking (and asking again) for reviews.

KDP uses Ingram’s services to get its books to the trade. KDP does this for you with no extra effort on behalf of the author via the Expanded Distribution database and catalog.

Publishers cannot control the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature, but you can. This feature is another of Amazon’s logarithms, and it’s all about the shopping cart. You can encourage your readers to buy a book you want to be associated along with yours, and that can get you linked up with a heavier-hitting author. There are workarounds to a lot of Amazon’s formulas. Use them to your advantage. (not sure what the steps are here, but you can research.)

Amazon is effectively cost-controlling your book. If you’re a KDP author (self-published through Amazon), then you know you get a much nicer cut (70% as opposed to 30%) of a sale price if the book is selling for between $2.99 and $9.99. This is akin to price fixing. Even though countless people have made compelling cases about why they will never buy an e-book for over $9.99, it’s important to note the power of Amazon’s conditioning. We do not believe an e-book is worth more than $9.99 because Amazon has trained us to believe it’s not worth more than $9.99. There is nothing to be done about it.

If you have a great book, why would you want to sell the book as an e-book and only get $2.10 for selling 30 copies with a .70 cent royalty when you can sell a paperback book that at $19.99 and your royalties are $5.35 for each book sold? E-books are not necessarily top sellers and your book may not lend itself to digital format (coloring books – for example).

In the news: 09/24/15, it seems that e-books are dwindling in popularity, also! See article at: http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/books/return-to-print-allays-bookseller-fears-of-digital-apocalypse-20150924-gju0lm

If you see your book is selling “new” for lower than its list price on Amazon Prime, that doesn’t mean you’re going to get paid less. For instance, you might be selling your print book for $15, and Amazon is discounting it at 10-20 percent off the list price. Then you’ll see that one day – maybe for a day, maybe for a week – they are selling your book for $9. In these cases, Amazon is undercutting their own profit, but you get the same royalty payment from them regardless. Amazon is huge on price experimentation, and price books at their own discretion. If you’re traditionally publishing, you get whatever split your publisher is offering you AFTER Amazon takes its 50 percent off the top (based on list price, not what Amazon chooses to sell it for). If your book is $20, Amazon takes $10 (unless you’re self-published and you set a lower discount). If you’re traditionally published, your publisher gives you 7.5 percent of the $10 profit (75 cents). If Amazon chooses to sell that $20 book for $7, that’s their choice, and they do it all the time, eating the loss both on the list price and the shipping.

You MAY see folks who have purchased your book reselling the book – usually at ‘insane’ prices.  The author or Amazon has no control over those ‘used book’ prices.  They are waiting for someone dumb enough to buy the book at twice the price and will order the book direct from you, and have it shipped to the ‘dumb’ buyer.

You need to claim your book via Author Central. Many authors know this and forget to do it. When you publish a book, you must claim it. Claim books you’ve contributed to as well, if you can. Claiming books on Amazon is like collecting chips; build a little empire and making an author’s bio page more robust. Amazon Central is an extension of an author’s ‘branding’ platform and should be tended. Update the photo, bio, and other information as regularly as you would a business website. Use your Amazon purchase profile to create an author’s page at this URL link: www.AuthorCentral.Amazon.com

The sales information tab inside Author Central is not an accurate measure of sales. When you go into Author Central, they give you access to Nielsen Bookscan ratings, a helpful tool. However, Bookscan is not a measure of Amazon sales, nor is it a measure of overall sales. It accounts for approximately 70% of through-the-register sales. It’s not something authors can or should use to compare their sales against, though it can be a good general gauge for performance.

Amazon is more author-friendly than they are publisher-friendly. This means if you’re an author, you’re likely to get great customer service from Amazon, especially on the KDP side of the company. Amazon seems not to understand the limitations authors who are publishing with publishing houses face where their data is concerned. Amazon makes suggestions and recommendations to authors that cannot be accommodated by the author’s publishing house. This is frustrating to authors (and publishers), but Amazon is its own organism, not too concerned about needing to understand how other systems work because its own is so dominant. They have an Amazon-centric view of the book world, and expect authors to conform to how Amazon does things. Authors – take advantage of this by using and exploiting Amazon’s resources, but work with your publisher; don’t work around them. Don’t buy into the idea Amazon is “it.”

Yes, it’s the #1 online space for retail; but for publishers, Amazon accounts for about 30%-40% of total sales.

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Commercialize Your Academic Research – Start Making Money!

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FROM YOUR ACADEMIC RESEARCH?

Have you completed complicated graduate projects and want to do something with the work completed?

 If the answer is ‘no’ – I haven’t done anything with my academic research – you may be thinking –

“I didn’t know I could do that; how do I start?”

Graduation Hats are just the beginning; now its time to make that dissertation pay off!

Graduation Hats are just the beginning; now its time to make that dissertation pay off!

 

Academic Publication Service

Dawn D. Boyer, Ph.D., award-winning business entrepreneur, published author (750+ books, 700+ on Amazon/Kindle, editor, and publisher for 40+ successful independent authors), and experienced educator is now offering a unique service to academic educators.

Dr. Boyer takes your academic research (your copyrighted Master’s Thesis, Doctoral Dissertation, your collection of Journal articles, Informal or Formal Educational Blogs, etc.) and converts those bodies of knowledge and research to a published book that earns you direct residual royalties and income from online direct sales.  You supply your manuscript file and Dr. Boyer will convert that scholarly, educational piece into a commercial (lay-person friendly format) publication, which increases your exposure to the world as an educator and helps you earn direct and residual income on sales from your hard work.

If you have academic project work that you completed from school, you can convert that into an ebook for other scholars to review and refer to for literature reviews or academic research while you earn a little cash on the side from those sales of a project you have already completed!

You invested thousands of dollars in tuition, education, and continuing education, and conducted time-consuming and costly academic research – all out of your pocket.  Don’t let that research and hard work die on the vine!

 

The Problem

  • When you submit your final dissertation to a university registrar’s office just before graduation, you are asked, “Do you wish to make your dissertation available to scholastic databases for access by other researchers and educators?”  You most likely checked the ‘yes’ box.  What you have done is allowed another entity to make money on your hard work and scholarly research.
  • While a database depository company is making money off your hard work by selling copies of the dissertation to others direct or via subscription service to students and staff of educational institutions – you earn nothing.

The Solution – START EARNING!

  • Allows other academics and the general public to more easily find your work.
  • Your career-related exposure on the Internet is increased, which we recommend educators to help dean’s and HR find professors to hire.
  • You earn royalties on all sales – which are deposited directly into your bank account with no middle-man fees between the sales channel and you. No follow-up emails asking for more of your money!
  • You can earn affiliate fees from your book from links on your websites.
  • Academics can recommend their own publications to their students in reading lists or required textbook reading(s) to increase sales and royalties, when allowed by the school.
  • Potentially increase your ‘citations by others’ in Google Scholar, increasing your visibility for career advancement and academic recognition.
  • Opportunity to publish your full curriculum vitae at the end of the book to increase your visibility to hiring deans and for speaking engagements.
  • Add ‘Published Author’ on your Curriculum Vitae
  • After publication of your scholarly work, you can sell your own books at conventions, trade shows, and speaking engagements. You buy at wholesale price, sell at retail price, and earn the difference.
  • Services also offer converting a complete series of work (annually; e.g. academic publications, white papers, etc.)

 

Ask Yourself These Questions:

  • How many semesters of classes have you built massive PowerPoint presentations to teach the class which can be converted to a textbook, commercial book to offer the same educational materials to the layperson or to assist others teaching the same topic?
  • How many journal articles have you written – but were not accepted for publication? How many journal articles have you written, were accepted and printed, but you had to cut out much of the material to keep it within guidelines?
  • How many white papers have you written on a topic to present to the academic community, the business community, or the trade community?

All of the above is valuable information you can compile into your OWN BOOK.  You have already written the material. Now, compile it into a book and start earning money (royalties)!

 

What You Get:

  • Publication-ready, manuscript file for soft-cover upload.
  • Cover design and assistance with marketing pages inside the book.
  • Assistance on determining pthe rice for the soft-cover book and breakout for potential royalties earned via six different sales channels.
  • Your book is available via six sales outlets: Amazon USA, and Amazon UK, and Amazon Europe (Eastern), via printing entity, academic institutions and libraries, and book catalogs.
  • Online publication account set up, loaded with your manuscript, and direct royalty deposit account set up for current and future publications.
  • Editing, formatting, and set-up by Ph.D. level, APA-style (6th), and marketing savvy expert(s).
  • All royalties are paid directly into a bank account of your choice monthly, earnings statements available 24/7, and 1099 form sent at the end of the year for revenue earnings and tax purposes.

 

GET STARTED NOW!

  • Start earning royalties and income …
  • Start earning a ROI from your research work …
  • Start recuperating the costs of your past tuition …
  • Start marketing your expertise for future academic career opportunities  …
  • Let your scholastic achievements earn you future and continuing income  …

 

The Details:

Conversion for Dissertation to Commercial Publication: provides the following elements: ISBN number, front cover page, copyright declaration, foreword, acknowledgements, chapter (first page) placements, appropriate widow/orphan elements, aesthetic text placement, appropriate font sizing, margins, headers/footers, indexes, appendixes, about the author page, author’s curriculum vitae, advertising/marketing (hot-links, QR codes), and ‘light’ editing (where warranted).

 

Package & Price which includes a third-party publishing ISBN:

<10,000 words                                      $999.00

10,000 – 115,000 words                     $1299.00

115,001 – 150,000 words                    $1,599.00

(for a higher word count or faster turnaround times, contact for pricing!)

 

WHAT YOU GET:

Formatting Elements and Sizes: Once formatting and editing completed, book is formatted as up-loadable file for publishing platforms, following best practice, market, book sizes (minimum of 25 pages):

 

Dissertation / Thesis Conversion   (150+ pages)                                 6″ x 9″
(best practice size for convenience)

 

Alternative Publishing Packages could include Education Projects or Article collections in paperback and/or ebook versions for sale on Amazon:

Collection of Journal Articles / Blogs      (with graphics)                   6” x 9”

Philosophy, Essays, Other Subjects       (limited graphics)                5.5” x 8”

Additional Options:
Digital Reader Formatting                      (digital e-book)                     5.5” x 8”

(e-book creation is an additional charge to paperback book fees and not recommended for academic dissertations because it dilutes the value of the commercial book; BUT ebooks – in addition to paperback versions for academic publishing for articles, research projects, journal article collections are highly recommended!)

 

Signed and executed a confidentiality agreement and memo of understanding (CA/MOU)must be signed before commencing work. Instructions for proceeding will be sent within 24 hours of checkout.

 

Included:

Cover Design – simple cover design (front & back) with author’s copyrighted graphics or photos, public domain images, or editor’s provided design (two alternate designs provided for the author to choose from), front cover duplicated on inside title page, or author can submit his or her own cover for use.

Marketing Elements – includes hot-links for marketing and advertising or career enhancement, as well as QR codes for scanning for POC information and driving readers to a business website (URL, Facebook, blog, etc.) – all within the book itself.

Upload file online for softcover book publishing, with direct sales to Amazon library (e-book not recommended for dissertations / major research studies because it reduces softcover royalties), with six sales channels for online and catalog sales.

Link the published book directly to the author’s bank account for direct deposit of royalty funds.  (Editor will need a photocopy of a voided check or typed bank routing & account numbers.)

Access to online publishing platform to purchase book(s) at wholesale author’s rates.

Royalties report for price set point for each sales channel for each online sale.

The service implies no warranty for future sales, three days to cancel contract, with any pro-rated refunds based on work completed.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

You have lots of questions, and I have answered lots of questions from previous authors who are seeking dissertations, thesis, academic papers, blog collections, and/or project portfolios compiled into manuscripts for their self-published books. I have also gotten inquiries from folks who want to get their fiction, memoirs, poetry, and other types of books published. I have provided the answers to those frequently asked questions (FAQs) in a compendium below. Enjoy the education and insight into the world of publishing!

 

How do I know my book will sell?  Who does my marketing for the book? 

There is no guarantee it will sell; authors are responsible for marketing their own books – pushing the book at conventions, social media marketing, pushing the books to friends, family, academic peers, so you do the marketing – unless you decide to hire a publicist to assist you. (I can recommend one for you!).

 

ANECDOTE: General Colin Powell was one of the speakers at a Navy Blue Coast annual military trade show and convention circa 2007/2008 (Virginia Beach, VA) and he told this story:

Powell had signed a contract to write a book (may have been his “My American Journey” (http://amzn.to/2irWrQk; Ballentine Books) or “In His Own Words: Colin Powell” (http://amzn.to/2jQzz2c; Perigee Trade]) with a huge publishing company. He received a $1M advance on the book.

While he was in the publisher’s offices, they pushed the advanced royalty check across the desk to him.

And then they asked, “What is your plan to market your book?”

He was dumbfounded and responded, “I thought you all did that?”

They responded, “Oh, no. We print massive copies of the book and ensure they get into the stores, but marketing your book is up to you …”

So, General Colin Powell had to make plans to market his own book, hire a PR firm, set up a marketing schedule, including visiting bookstores, advertise his book signings, and more.

 

Authors of books are really the critical marketing point for sales – they must get out to speak, offer papers at conventions, get onto TV shows, send out emails to fellow academics to get the book on class reading lists, get the book into university and college student bookstores and libraries, and call up the local book stores and book fairs to meet with readers and sell the books. They can call up and/or email academic professors to encourage them to add the book to their student’s reading lists. In the long run – the royalties can be impressive with a nice tidy stream of residual income!

 

What is the advantage of converting my dissertation / thesis / academic papers / art / work of fiction / collection of poems / or writing portfolio to a commercial book?

It is an amazing opportunity to showcase your research study, your skills and knowledge, and your newfound Subject Matter Expertise (SME; PhD dissertation or Master’s Thesis) to the ‘world’ in a commercial book of your own. If you are an artist or writer, a portfolio of your work is a future income stream when you appear at galleries or shows. Ph.D. authors have found the first commercial book from their dissertation is a springboard for a second book, which builds upon the topic in their dissertation conversion, targets a population for their career (as teacher/instructor), and/or for business development in their business or entrepreneurial career path.  Some authors use it to earn income or to note another bullet on their CV, as well as use it for conferences (back of the room sales) or even as a business development ‘give-away’ premium. If you have submitted your dissertation to ProQuest, you will have read the tiny print indicating that they earn money on providing your dissertation to the academic subscribers to their databases, and if anyone purchases your dissertation from the database, you earn royalties. The problem is – academics usually have free access to the databases (they don’t pay for downloads), and those outside academic institutions are unwilling to pay $29-$49 per download. This leaves the author of the dissertation with nothing.  BUT, if they convert the dissertation to a commercial book at a reasonable paperback book price ($12.99-$19.99), the author has control of all the royalties earned via Amazon and online sellers, and can purchase the books and sell at conferences for more income.

If you have a work of fiction, a how-to book, a book of poems, or memoirs, it could take years for a publisher to look at your manuscript, and the chances of those publishing houses accepting your book for publication are very low.  They are (in 2017 and beyond) more interested in hiring the next Top 10 blockbuster author (think Steven King, Nicholas Sparks, Bill O’Reilly) than they are in giving ‘new authors’ a chance to get into the market.  In 2016, self-published authors were a higher percentage of new books (52%) on the market than via third-party Publishing Houses (48%).  The indicators are that percentage may grow to 75% in the next decade.

 

How do I figure out what level package I need to purchase – based on the number of words in my original dissertation document?

The entire document needs to be considered in the word count for a quote. Open your Word doc, and highlight the entire document (Control “A”; including title pages, appendix, references, etc.), and then click on the word menu tab, ‘Tools,’ then ‘Word Count’ in the sub-menu. This provides a precise word count to determine the size of the package to purchase. The package includes light to medium editing, formatting of the book for softcover, an added index and coded table of contents (for non-fiction, textbooks), and more. Dissertation conversion and academic authors should include all appendices, letters to research subjects, IRB requests and approvals, and the committee approval page. (Ask the editor for a quote based on number of words, and intensity of editing needed.)

 

Besides sending in my dissertation or manuscript and payment, what else would I need to do to prepare to use the service?

There are two documents sent to you once you have purchased the package:

  • The Confidentiality Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding – this encompasses a signed agreement indicating the package you, the author, purchased and the services provided are for copyrighted materials, the proprietary information remains your copyrighted materials, and outlines the basic steps and services to be performed for a resulting product. This is a legal document that protects the author’s copyrighted materials and assets.
  • The working communication document (called the ‘Author’s Cheat Sheet’) used to give you step-by-step instructions for tasks on your end, and then all the pieces and parts used in the publication galley will be documented, communications documented, and then vital info for you to access your account(s) and receive royalties.
  • Later a marketing check sheet will be provided to you, the author, to enable you to follow step-by-step, multiple and various methods in which you can get the word out about your book via social media, as well as a direct contact to a reasonably priced PR expert to assist you in getting media notice.

 

Are there any other fees beyond the published fees on your website?

The package price you purchase covers 100% of the inclusive set of tasks and project steps, which takes you all the way to the end – including your book cover design, marketing pages, ISBN number, etc.  In this manuscript (dissertation) conversion package / process – once the book galley and the cover is loaded to the publishing / printing platform, any/all sales royalties and revenues go directly into your bank account.  There are no additional middleman or processing fees from this consulting service once the book goes to publication.

Some books I advise to not create an e-book (such as dissertation conversions) because the low price of e-books could stymy any sales of paperback books. The higher the number of pages in the paperback book, the less recommendation there is for the e-book version.

Authors purchasing the light editing and formatting services for non-academic editing (fiction, how-to, artist portfolio compilations, memoirs) can obtain a flat-rate quote for an e-book (only) after the editing has been completed.

The publications of these books are as a 3rd-party publisher (DBC Publishing). The publishing platform is via the KDP platform. I set up a personal author’s profile in the system, and complete the uploading of the book, covers, format the files for the printed version, set up ISBN #’s, and set up at least five marketing and sales channels via Amazon and book catalogs so the book is available to the international marketplace – including Amazon USA, Europe, Great Britain, Japan, and all the other marketplaces that Amazon offers books.

DBC Publishing is a ‘third-party’ publishing brand and prices include the ISBN-related branding.  The publishing house name will be “DBC Publishing” and this ensures the book comes across on sales platforms as ‘third party publishing’ versus ‘self-published.’  (The higher-level editing and ‘ghost-writing’ services will include the cost of the ISBN in the service price.)

The only thing the service fee does not cover in dissertation and/or academic writing is your Curriculum Vitae, added into the book (additional charge depending upon whom you use to assist you in compiling / rewriting the CV – D. Boyer Consulting provides this service – http://dboyerconsulting.com/resume-writing/ ). The resume is a separate purchase, via D Boyer Consulting’s Resume Writing Services: http://dboyerconsulting.com/resume-writing/  and http://dboyerconsulting.com/resume-writing/stage-one/, if you have not already completed that career tool.  Some authors have had other services create their CV, and we can add that into the book, but it may be ‘tweaked’ in formatting and layout, depending upon the dimensions of the final book itself.

 

Is publication guaranteed with Amazon?

The publication is released on Amazon, and in at least four other marketing channels for your book, including:

  • Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing
  • Expanded Distribution shares the book’s title, which is already distributed and available in the USA and Canada, to: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Japan

 Expanded Distribution of the title are through the following channels (this does not guarantee the book will be ordered by any retail stores, but it does increase the odds):

  • Kindle Direct Publishing – makes book available to certified resellers through the wholesale website.
  • Bookstores and Online Retailers – makes book available to online and offline retailers such as Barnes & Noble and to distributors such as Ingram book distributor, and NACSCORP, in between 6-10 weeks, this also enables the book’s availability to Book Repository in countries not yet on the Amazon websites (e.g., Australia)
  • Libraries and Academic Institutions – make book available via Baker & Taylor to libraries and academic institutions.

 

Additionally, you will receive several pages of directions, ideas, and suggestions to market your newly published book, and contact information for a public relations manager if you wish to use a PR person to assist you in moving the book into the ‘public eye.’

Because you are the author, and own the publishing platform ‘profile,’ you can purchase your own book (any number, from one copy to thousands) at the author’s ‘cost’ – which may possibly be less than $5 each (e.g., based on a black and white content book, under 500 pages; before S&H). This allows the author to be able to purchase large quantities for resale at speaking engagements or book signings.  Quantities of books, purchased by the author, over 1,000 are also discounted further.  You can sign into your KDP account, click on the book you wish to purchase, and the program will take you back to Amazon to complete the purchase, but at the author’s wholesale price.

 

For Academics: Can I get more than one type of publication created? What if I am not interested in my dissertation being converted, but rather would like to use the dozens of scholarly journal articles published or a collection of blog articles?

Yes – absolutely. You can create as many books as you wish – a collection of articles, blogs, or essays, your dissertation or graduate thesis, research studies (quantitative or qualitative) in single or multiple studies. You tell the editor what you wish to publish; we can work with you to get it online and for sale on the world’s largest book publishing and sales platform (Amazon).

Each publication can be purchased directly via the ‘by-the-word’ package on the website. Contact: Dawn Boyer, Ph.D., (Dawn.Boyer@me.com) for special quotes or check the website pages at: http://dboyerconsulting.com/writing-editing-print-on-demand-books/

 

For Non-Academics: Can I get more than one type of publication created? What if I am interested in a collection of blog articles, essays, a business booklet / pamphlet, or a short story?

Yes – absolutely. You can create as many e-books as you wish – or even multiple e-books. The editor / publisher can assist you in publishing any number of e-books of any number of pages and get those uploaded into the Kindle Publishing platform.  These e-books do not need ISBN#s (thus saving you money), but do need to be in a certain format for the readers to be able to offer the digital download.  The flat rate for publishing an e-book is $300 per manuscript for a 6”x9” formatted page of content for up to 100 pages, which includes formatting, light editing, and placement on the digital profile for sales via Amazon.

 

Where are the books going to be sold?

The books are not sold directly via a middleman distribution center or buyers / sales staff. These are print-on-demand paperback books, which means they are sold on platforms that include: Amazon USA, Amazon UK, and Amazon Eastern Europe, as well as directly available for sale via book catalogs to educational institutions (colleges and universities), libraries (public and private), and to retail resellers (Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Walmart online, etc.).

The author has the onus to advertise the books, market books personally, offer them via their business website, in person, develop an email list to push the book to recipients, or sell the books at speaking engagements, etc.  This sales funnel also directs your book through Ingram – the world’s international book catalog.

The process works this way: An order comes through the multiple sales channels (noted above), and the file for the order and the publication is sent directly to a printer in that geographic area (whether USA or another country).  The printer will then print the book(s), label, package, and mail the book directly to the consumer who ordered it via the online sales channel.  Once you have uploaded the files to KDP, you never have to touch anything related to shipping, handling, printing – ever.

 

What is it you actually do? Do you rewrite the original publication?

The publishing editor will need to ‘review’ the manuscript. For the ‘light to medium editing services’ package, the publication is not rewritten with an exception of correcting ‘glaring’ editing issues or concerns, missing words, or overlooked punctuation issues in the original text. If a sentence doesn’t make sense or is written so a layperson has problems understanding it, the editor will contact and work with the author to correct, update, and edit. Superfluous words such as ‘Therefore,’ ‘Hence,’ ‘As a result,’ ‘That,’ ‘In order to,’ and ‘The’ may be words that are deleted if they do not add vital meaning to the sentence(s) as they are mostly unnecessary words (academically).

The editor/publisher is more involved with formatting the original document for publication to a public marketing platform, getting galley completed, files format, and uploading/submitting to the printer, while enabling the publication for sale via an international marketing platform.

If the author purchases the heavy editing / ghostwriting level of services, then there will be potential rewrites on sections that may be needing ‘major work or improvements’ for readability, understanding of concept or plot, or clarifying points or storyline. This also includes heavy editing for punctuation, spelling, grammar, tense, etc., in correcting the manuscript to be the most readable and more enjoyable storyline possible for future readers.  Also, the level of readability will be analyzed, e.g., if the book is meant for first graders, but written at a college level, there will be heavy discussion on the wording and reading level and suggested editing. Heavier editing will be an additional charge and discussed with the author in advance.

 

Is there a way to determine if the Editor believes it is worth publishing?

The editor does not / will not determine if it is ‘marketable,’ but can certainly provide an opinion on whether it is ‘publishable’ (professionally written). If the editor sees unmanageable issues, editing complications, or text errors that may impact an author’s academic reputation, the editor will provide suggestions to help the author get it to publishable and academic professionalism. This is extra work and billable as an added expense to the Author above the package prices quoted and posted on the business website with prices starting at $150 hour with a two-hour minimum.

 

Bank information: How do I know the editor/publisher won’t use my banking account info to get into my account to withdraw money vs. depositing royalties?

The banking information routing and account numbers are used ONLY to provide banking data needed to deposit royalties into the author’s account. If the author is nervous about the process, establish a savings account at a bank where only royalties from publication sales are deposited and no other transaction occurs. Authors receive an email notification of deposit(s) made or pending directly from Amazon circa the 20th or 21st of the royalties distribution month (KDP pays every 90 days), and can quickly withdraw those deposits at their earliest convenience after they are deposited (normally within 10 days of the email notification).

 

Purchasing: How do I purchase my own book(s)?

The author would sign into KDP and click on the “…” to purchase a copy of their book via their Amazon account and then provide credit card data to make the purchase. The book purchase will have shipping and handling added, and the author can purchase unlimited numbers of copies of the book(s). Delivery is usually in one to two weeks (and as much as three to four weeks during high traffic holiday seasons such as Christmas). Purchasing larger quantities of books (1,000+) allows a discount based on the total number bought in one order, also.

 

When submitting the publication document to the editor, does the author send the whole thing (title page, abstract, lit review, acknowledgments, etc.)?

It is preferable you keep everything in one MS Office Word document (file). You can send the original document and then provide the other pieces in one additional document if you wish. Please refer to and communicate with the editor for further clarifications.

Identify what you are sending in separate document files in Microsoft Word format. All word content documents MUST be in Microsoft Word file format (.doc or .docx). The publishing editor does not and can not work with pdf or Adobe PhotoShop files.

 

You mentioned the publication won’t be the same format as the original – what changes?

ACADEMICS: Because dissertations and theses are formatted in a strict academic standard, a layperson reading the book may not be able to easily read the content or may not consider it aesthetically pleasing.  NON-ACADEMICS:  Most writers use an A4 (8.5”x11” page) set up to type up their original manuscript.  Once the paperback book or e-book manuscript starts getting formatted, the content area (text) will shrink, and may look ‘odd’ if printed on a regular printer with A4 paper size.  But it would be formatted to the proper printing size.

All sections will start on an ‘odd page’ so they begin on the right-hand side of an open book, thus may have a blank page before that odd page.  (Except e-book, blank pages will be deleted because not needed in digital format.)

Added space will be inserted for chapter first pages (more white space), line spaces may be 1.5-2 lines throughout the book.

Page numbers for the commercial book will eliminate the Roman numeral pages for the table of contents and simply start at page two (second page) to the end.

An index will be added for key terms throughout the book (for academic books).

The full curriculum vitae will be added (minus street address for protection against stalkers or identity thieves) to ensure robust marketing and business development, as well as career-enhancement value added to the publication (for academic books, or how-to commercial books).

An “About the Author” bio (1-2 pages), and “About the Book” page (to incentivize the reader to buy the book), and a “Social Media” or “Marketing Page” (business or academic books) will be added to help readers find the author on the Internet for follow-up contact and communications.

These are just to name a few potential changes.

You will have 100% control of what is in the book.  My job is to guide you towards best practice in formatting and publishing to get the best return on the investment for the end-product.

 

Can I add pictures, more illustrations, tables, or charts to enhance the publication?

Absolutely, YES, that is highly advisable. Provide black and white photos (either your own – or – professional illustrations or graphic pictures at a minimum of 300+ dots per inch (dpi), charts to enhance concepts, theories, or conclusions, or provide more clarification. Illustrations in an academic textbook are not common, but will allow your publication to be more reader friendly.

(If you are writing a non-academic book, illustrations greatly enhance the marketability of the book.)  It is the author’s onus to ensure the photos, illustrations, or other artwork included in the book is either their own, public domain, or the author has written signature authorization (model releases) to use the photos of others and/or their images in the book.

 

Can I add more text to enhance the publication to the layperson reading the book?

 Absolutely – that is perfectly acceptable. This is YOUR book. You can add whatever you wish to add to your content.  The original research study is done in the academic manuscript (dissertation).  If you have additional information, more resources to add, better examples, or follow-up to the original study, it would enhance the new publication.  You may add your own professional comments in a Forward at the beginning of the book; you may add a Chapter 5 or 6 at the end of the book.  You may add more references to the list if you have conducted more research and found more resources or add a suggested reading list.

 

Will the academic book be written with references and appendices just like my dissertation?

Yes – those will be included in the book and will be used to compile the word count to determine the cost of the service – most folks who would be interested in reading the main dissertation will also want to see the references and appendices, also. Highly advise keeping these inside the commercial book

 

How will the acknowledgment, dedication, and signature page be treated?

Where appropriate (a type of book), we usually combine the acknowledgment and dedication section and the signature page (assuming referring to the academic committee) will simply be the printed names of the committee members and dean of school (who had oversight to the committee). Any author of any type of book may add an acknowledgment, dedication, and signature page if they so wish.

 

ACADEMIC: Anything pertaining to the university will be taken out correct?

Since this is your book, if you want to remove any school-related information, you can, but 99% of academic dissertations conversions leave that data. Two answers: depends and it’s up to you …

You may want to include any/all references to the school/ university because it will be embedded in your CV, in the committee names, and referencing the IRB, as well as potentially if you used sources or resources from the school to which you need to refer.  The university name may have a positive bearing on the ‘value’ and validity of your study and on your dissertation conversion book.

If you wish to remove all references to the University, it’s perfectly acceptable – again – it’s your book.  You may still have reference to the school when we add in your full-length curriculum vitae and the marketing pages in the back of the book.

 

For this service, will I be revising the writing to a “lay” audience?  

 You don’t have to revise the writing for a lay audience – in most cases – the audience is who would be interested in your research topic as an academic study.  The revisions for a broader lay audience would be in a follow-on book; you explain how your research topic would be relevant to a general population.  Here are some ideas suggested to other Ph.D. authors for ‘second books’:

  • a qualitative study was a ground-breaking awareness of how a leader could ‘serve’ his/her subordinates in ‘servant leadership’ – he turned a common topic upside-down.  I suggested his 2nd book should be about stories, anecdotes, interviews, and interspersed with stories about how the concept came about during his extreme hiking adventures (10k+ sea level).
  • a qualitative study interviewing teen mother’s ‘broke open the box’ of mental, cognitive, and social awareness of what a young teen mother goes through in her struggle between being a teen and being a mother and the duality of the new role they are playing in society, as well as showcasing how some teen mothers do not have the family, peer, or social support they need the most.  The 2nd follow-on book suggested was to use the interviews (with anonymous names and identifiers) or interview other teen mothers, and relay their stories with each chapter highlighting the teen mother’s situation, identifying each one’s biggest problems she is dealing with, then documenting how the teen mother overcame the negatives and instigated the positives and the final results and/or solutions.

 

Do you have any testimonials from people who have used this service?

Several authors who have used the services. Below is a list of books released for publication using the services (2014-2016). These author’s POCs are available simply by looking in the Amazon “peek inside the cover” function for each book:

 

Babb, D. (2014). How to Make Money Teaching Online (2nd Ed.) – How to Land Your First Academic Job, Build Credibility, and Earn a Six-Figure Salary. Mandevilla Press. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2isaFko

Babb, D. (2016). Dani Babb’s Making a Living Teaching Online Advice Column Compendium: Articles that Answer the Burning Questions You Always Wanted to Ask. California: The Babb Group. Retrieved from: www.TheBabbGroup.com

Beteh, J. (2016). Exploring Leadership Styles and Faculty Satisfaction in Higher Education. Va. Beach, VA: DBC Publishing. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jJA3Da

Conzelmann, J. (2015). Leadership Recognition of Organizational Citizenship Behaviors in Performance Evaluations in Washington State Healthcare Organizations. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2iTWfup

Foor, B. (2014). The Role of Compassion in Servant Leadership. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting.  Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2iU5w5A

Ford, K. (2015). Negotiating Identities: The Transition to Motherhood in Young Urban Adolescent Mothers. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2iU3L8v

Gillespie, S. (2016). Correlational Study of Risk Management and Information Technology Project Success. Va. Beach, VA: DBC Publishing. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jJv8SR

Green, A. (2015). Transitioning Registered Handler-Animal Therapy from the Institution to the Community: A Research Study. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting.  Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2isl13v

Lapinski, N. (2014). The Knowing: Awake in the Dark. Independent Publishing Platform. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jJpZdd

Lapinski, N. (2016). Habits That Heal – Transcending Fear and Anxiety. (About the Book, Back Cover Description). Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jJmdk2

Musil, E. (2014). Leadership Attributes for the Virtual Environment: A Qualitative Study. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2isbvO4

Nobles, C. (2015). Exploring Pilots’ Experiences of Integrating Technologically Advanced Aircraft Within General Aviation: A Case Study. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jJmofc

Perez, M. (2015). Knowledge Transfer by Industrial Security Personnel at a United States-Based Aerospace Company: A Phenomenological Study. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jjcZyx

Smith, K. (2015). Factors Related to Middle School Teachers’ Self-Efficacy in Inclusion Classrooms: A Research Study. Va. Beach, VA: D. Boyer Consulting. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jj6Cva

Wall, T. (2016). Experience of Parents in Seeking Treatment for Their Child Diagnosed With ADHD. Va. Beach, VA: DBC Publishing. Retrieved from: http://amzn.to/2jjd3ON

 

If you wish to look at personal and work recommendations for work – please see Dawn D. Boyer, Ph.D.’s LinkedIn profile for 90+ recommendations for resume writing, business development, and other services provided to past clients and/or peers & co-workers; www.linkedin.com/in/DawnBoyer.

Read her 25+ ‘five-star’ reviews and recommendations on her Google Business Plus site at:
https://www.google.com/search?q=resume+writing+virginia+beach&oq=resume+writing+virginia+beach#q=resume+writing+virginia+beach+boyer  (click on the advertisement that pops up for D. Boyer Consulting to read the reviews).

Recommendations for work by Dawn D. Boyer, can be found on her website at:

http://dboyerconsulting.com/kudos-referrals-and-recommendations/

 

Will I need an index for the book?

It is part of the package for academic and/or commercial content books!  We do all the work to create an intense, robust index for you.

 

My academic dissertation was published with UMI (or ProQuest, or Sage) in YYYY (graduation year); is this too old to change over to book format? This is my first step to getting my voice.

Some material never grows old unless the specific topic becomes extinct. For instance, if you have a dissertation that is focused on the market crash of 2008, then the topic may be of no further interest to any current target market a decade later. If you think the topic is interesting enough, of value to the academic community (especially as a book sales table in the back of a convention or conference after you present a paper), and potentially has value as a springboard for a second book, then go for it!

If your dissertation topic may no longer be of any interest, but you have been publishing often since graduation, perhaps you wish to compile all the material and articles into a compendium to sell?  That is another option for publishing!

 

Once the book is published, how does the Author know what to do next?

After it has been moved to the Print-on-Demand platform, all public relations, marketing, sales and advertising – is on the author’s shoulders. But authors receive a multiple-page list document rich with resources, tasks, suggestions, and other ideas to market their book.

Authors can issue (research which local newspapers or targeted trade organizations with trade papers may interested in your topic) press releases, market the book on social media, blog about the book on their personal business website, add “published author” to their resume, etc.  In other words, how the author sells the book is up to them.

The author is responsible for submitting the file to the Library of Congress to legally claim a copyright on this specific publication (and/or mail a copy to themselves in an unopened envelope).  The author is also responsible for paying any taxes on earned royalties and will be sent a 1099 from Amazon for reporting on their annual tax returns.

You own 100% of the copyrights to the publication, so if you wish to purchase multiple copies, and sell them at speeches, presentations, conventions – you are allowed to do so (where permitted by the venue).  You can obtain an affiliate link to the book and place that link on your business website for affiliate earnings as well as royalty earnings. If you want to add the book onto a recommended reading list for students in classes you teach, or as an addendum to required texts, or if school gives permission to use your publication as the required text, that is your option (where allowed).

 

Can I get more than one type of publication created? What if I am not interested in my dissertation being converted, but rather would like to use the dozens of scholarly journal articles published or a collection of blog articles?

Yes – Absolutely! You can create as many books as you wish – a collection of articles, blogs, or essays, your dissertation or graduate thesis, research studies (quantitative or qualitative) in single or multiple studies. You tell the editor what you wish to publish; we can work with you to get it online and for sale on the world’s largest book publishing and sales platform (Amazon).

 

What if I find out there was a mistake after publication – can I get it fixed?

Yes – you can repair or edit mistakes at any time, 24/7/364, but the updated document would have to be resubmitted to the publisher to ‘change out’ from the originally loaded document. It may take between 24-72 hours for the document / publication to ‘go live’ again for sale, once submitted. ANY manuscript updates after the final draft approval will cost the Authors additional editing fees, determined at the time of editing requirement notifications (starting at $150 hour; paid in advance, for file reload), unless the editing is something that ‘burped’ on the part of the editor / publisher (then no cost to re-load corrected file). Authors will be provided multiple opportunities to perform ‘Quality Assurance’ reviews of the book manuscript before each stage of publication, so essentially there should be no problems once the final galley is approved by the author.

 

Where are the books going to be distributed?

The books are printed via a geographically-centric, professional printer in an area of the country (or world) where the publishing site has vendor agreements. A buyer in Virginia may receive the book from a printer in North Carolina.  A buyer in California may receive the book from a printer in Oregon.  The list is proprietary to Amazon and the printers’ vendor information is not critical to the author.

The books will not be ‘distributed’ in bulk between a middleman and bookstores per se (traditional).  The book is linearly distributed via the printer (print-on-demand) and the buyer (user technology, advanced 21st Century methodology).

 

How many books will be printed and what is the minimum?

There is no minimum. This is print-on-demand, and the buyers will purchase the number of books they wish to purchase (or purchase and resell). The printer sets up the order lot and prints and delivers directly to the buyer. The author does not have to purchase any minimum number of books – ever. Or they can order as many as they wish at their printer’s discounted wholesale price, including deeper discounts for larger order amounts (1,000+).

 

Does the conversion service include formatting and editing for other books and scholarly journals?

The commercial dissertation conversion package includes the formatting and light editing for one (author submitted) book, which is the galley proof, includes a cover (front and back) design, working with the editor for ‘light editing’ (not heavy or line-by-line editing; those services will be extra).  The presumption is a dissertation is ‘100% perfect’ already in spelling, writing, grammar, punctuation, etc.

The editor has found in ALL ‘completely perfect 100%’ dissertations (or manuscripts)’ … something was missed by the author or dissertation committee. (In one manuscript case, there was a word ‘not’ missing, which critically reversed the conclusion the author intended in the dissertation. It was caught, discussed with the author, and corrected in the book to ensure it was now ‘perfect’ with the appropriate academic conclusion.)

For non-academic books, there are other packages for purchase for stages of publication. Please inquire to editor / publisher for packages and pricing.

 

AFTER THE BOOK IS PUBLISHED:

 

What is that strange string of words in my book description page on Amazon? Are they supposed to be there? Do they have a purpose?

 Yes. These words are key single-word tags and long-tail tags (identifiers) and are included in the book description to assist in the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for others to perform Boolean searches within search engine within Amazon’s book list.

Be aware, it may look a little weird, but will not take away from the book description, as it is tucked down lower in the section below the marketing and book information.  Most folks won’t bother to open the full book description, so will never see that set of words.

The words will show on the ‘see more’ section. The author definitely wants that list of words in that section to remain in the book page / description on Amazon.  Do not delete or ask customer service to delete them because you will reduce the find-ability of your book if those key words are removed.

This is one of the marketing secrets that other publishers don’t know to use or how to use – so, shhhhh – let’s keep this marketing trick to ourselves!)

 

I see my book on Amazon, but when I click on the preview, I can only see the front cover. Why can’t I see the back cover?

When uploading the full cover and completing the upload to KDP, the book’s page automatically shows the front cover, but it may take between three days to six weeks for the ‘back cover’ to show on the Amazon page. This is a ‘data tunnel’ issue, so be patient for it to appear. Additionally, the ‘peek inside the book’ option may not be available for between seven days to six weeks.

 

I discovered my book on the Barnes & Noble online site! How did that happen?

Because the book has been pushed into the marketing sales-funnel for mass book distribution via Ingram distribution, it becomes available in the big online book sales companies, as well as on Amazon.  You may also see the books online at Books-A-Million and other large book distributors within the USA, as well as Internationally. This also means books not available via Amazon purchases in countries such as India, Australia, or Brazil, will find their way into those countries to re-sellers via the Ingram mass book publishing catalog and the Book Depository services.  You may find your book available online via Walmart, Kmart, and other online retail stores.

 

Can I create a Kindle version of the book, also?

ACADEMICS:  You DO NOT want a Kindle version of an academic book.  Royalties for sales on the Kindle version are potentially between $0.75 – $1.25, and the ONLY reason you would offer an e-book is if the book is anticipated as a ‘NYT best-seller.’  When you can earn royalties of between $10-14 per paperback book sale, you don’t want to go e-book for pennies-on-the-dollar royalty earnings.

 

This next section is more information from a Huffington Post article and covers points not covered above.

ONCE THE BOOK IS ON AMAZON:

Resource: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brooke-warner/the-top-10-things-all-aut_b_6744386.html

Your Amazon ranking has nothing to do with sales. Although many authors are obsessed with it and like to send out mass e-mails to friends & family when the number drops, unfortunately, all your ranking means is people are looking at your page. It might be argued sales will inevitably rise due to more page views; the direct connection between ranking and actual sales is zero. Your ranking isn’t totally meaningless; it just doesn’t mean your book is really on a bestseller status (e.g. New York Times top sellers list).

Amazon employs scarcity tactics to get readers to buy books, and the impact on authors is they think their books are constantly out of stock when they’re not! If you see something on Amazon that reads–“Only 3 left in stock – order soon”– it’s not true. If you’re a traditionally published book; the publisher may be low on stock; but that’s usually not true. If you’re a print-on-demand author, your book can never be low on stock; Amazon has endless access to an endless supply. My best advice to authors is to start ignoring this inventory notice altogether. Amazon is creating an ‘urgency’ as a marketing trick (yay!) to psychologically encourage folks to buy the book now.

Your Amazon reviews carry weight. An author I work with recently told me that 50 is the magic number of reviews that triggers Amazon to start paying more attention to your book. After you hit 50, you get more visibility on Amazon. I’m just relaying what I heard, and since Amazon operates on logarithms, this makes sense to me. Therefore, you must get reviews! Ask for them at every turn, especially when your book is just out. Consider what incentives you might be able to offer people to review your book. Each review you get is like a rock being thrown into a body of water where your book is a buoy. The impact of all those little rocks will ultimately help your book rise higher and higher to get a little more notice. Because the sea of books is vast and your book is one lone buoy. Bowker reports in 2013, 458,564 books (print and digital) were self-published. With those kinds of stats, you shouldn’t feel guilty at all if it comes down to asking (and asking again) for reviews.

KDP uses Ingram’s services to get its books to the trade. KDP does this for you with no extra effort on behalf of the author via the Expanded Distribution database and catalog.

Publishers cannot control the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature, but you can. This feature is another of Amazon’s logarithms, and it’s all about the shopping cart. You can encourage your readers to buy a book you want to be associated along with yours, and that can get you linked up with a heavier-hitting author. There are workarounds to a lot of Amazon’s formulas. Use them to your advantage. (not sure what the steps are here, but you can research.)

Amazon is effectively cost-controlling your book. If you’re a KDP author (self-published through Amazon), then you know you get a much nicer cut (70% as opposed to 30%) of a sale price if the book is selling for between $2.99 and $9.99. This is akin to price fixing. Even though countless people have made compelling cases about why they will never buy an e-book for over $9.99, it’s important to note the power of Amazon’s conditioning. We do not believe an e-book is worth more than $9.99 because Amazon has trained us to believe it’s not worth more than $9.99. There is nothing to be done about it.

If you have a great book, why would you want to sell the book as an e-book and only get $2.10 for selling 30 copies with a .70 cent royalty when you can sell a paperback book that at $19.99 and your royalties are $5.35 for each book sold? E-books are not necessarily top sellers and your book may not lend itself to digital format (coloring books – for example).

In the news: 09/24/15, it seems that e-books are dwindling in popularity, also! See article at: http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/books/return-to-print-allays-bookseller-fears-of-digital-apocalypse-20150924-gju0lm

If you see your book is selling “new” for lower than its list price on Amazon Prime, that doesn’t mean you’re going to get paid less. For instance, you might be selling your print book for $15, and Amazon is discounting it at 10-20 percent off the list price. Then you’ll see that one day – maybe for a day, maybe for a week – they are selling your book for $9. In these cases, Amazon is undercutting their own profit, but you get the same royalty payment from them regardless. Amazon is huge on price experimentation, and price books at their own discretion. If you’re traditionally publishing, you get whatever split your publisher is offering you AFTER Amazon takes its 50 percent off the top (based on list price, not what Amazon chooses to sell it for). If your book is $20, Amazon takes $10 (unless you’re self-published and you set a lower discount). If you’re traditionally published, your publisher gives you 7.5 percent of the $10 profit (75 cents). If Amazon chooses to sell that $20 book for $7, that’s their choice, and they do it all the time, eating the loss both on the list price and the shipping.

You MAY see folks who have purchased your book reselling the book – usually at ‘insane’ prices.  The author or Amazon has no control over those ‘used book’ prices.  They are waiting for someone dumb enough to buy the book at twice the price and will order the book direct from you, and have it shipped to the ‘dumb’ buyer.

You need to claim your book via Author Central. Many authors know this and forget to do it. When you publish a book, you must claim it. Claim books you’ve contributed to as well, if you can. Claiming books on Amazon is like collecting chips; build a little empire and making an author’s bio page more robust. Amazon Central is an extension of an author’s ‘branding’ platform and should be tended. Update the photo, bio, and other information as regularly as you would a business website. Use your Amazon purchase profile to create an author’s page at this URL link: www.AuthorCentral.Amazon.com

The sales information tab inside Author Central is not an accurate measure of sales. When you go into Author Central, they give you access to Nielsen Bookscan ratings, a helpful tool. However, Bookscan is not a measure of Amazon sales, nor is it a measure of overall sales. It accounts for approximately 70% of through-the-register sales. It’s not something authors can or should use to compare their sales against, though it can be a good general gauge for performance.

Amazon is more author-friendly than they are publisher-friendly. This means if you’re an author, you’re likely to get great customer service from Amazon, especially on the KDP side of the company. Amazon seems not to understand the limitations authors who are publishing with publishing houses face where their data is concerned. Amazon makes suggestions and recommendations to authors that cannot be accommodated by the author’s publishing house. This is frustrating to authors (and publishers), but Amazon is its own organism, not too concerned about needing to understand how other systems work because its own is so dominant. They have an Amazon-centric view of the book world, and expect authors to conform to how Amazon does things. Authors – take advantage of this by using and exploiting Amazon’s resources, but work with your publisher; don’t work around them. Don’t buy into the idea Amazon is “it.”

Yes, it’s the #1 online space for retail; but for publishers, Amazon accounts for about 30%-40% of total sales.

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