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Welcome, to a simpler way to publish :)

My name is Dave and I wanted to personally welcome you to the MYeBook self-publishing platform!

I founded our startup back in 2012 when the publishing industry was in the midst of digital upheaval. I noticed that the digital-shift in publishing had taken hold in other continents, but Africa had yet to benefit from the self-publishing revolution. My goal from that day forward became to empower authors, poets and industry professionals to make the world of the eBook, a less scary one.

Over the last few years my team and I have been lucky enough to help thousands of writers from across the globe, realise their goals. By providing professional publishing advice and assistance to authors, we have been able to pull what was a distant-dream within reach of the average, self-publishing author-preneur.

 I am so excited to be able to help you! I am look forward to publishing your (polished) book - together. See you on the shelves of Amazon!

Dave - Founder of MYeBook.co.za

 

Dave Henderson MYeBook

 


 

1. What we don't do.

We are not a free service. We are a digital startup passionate about empowering authors to self-publish. We need to charge fees and turn a profit to be able to help more authors.

 

We don't traditionally publish. 

  • This means that all our services are once-off charges.
     
  • No publishing contracts or messy paperwork.
     
  • No commissions will be taken from your royalties. You earn everything. (Up to 70% with Amazon!)
     
  • You also own all copyright on material we help you create.
     
  • You are published in weeks instead of months or years.

 

We won't critique your manuscript. This is a job of a good editor. We will never tell you that you are not good enough. We help every author to create the most professional book possible. Period. 

 

Most of our business is conducted online. Due to the amount of authors we help, we cannot meet every author in person. We specialise in creating and publishing eBooks - This is a process that is ideally suited to a digital conversation. Don't be upset if we cannot meet you face to face.


 

2. Help us help you.

Do your homework before getting hold of us.
 


 

3. How to submit - Here is what you should send.

 

Step 1: Have your manuscript ready in the right format.

  • We prefer your manuscript to be sent in MS Word, Adobe InDesign or PDF. (Only if you don’t have the first two formats).
     
  • Authors who are using software like Quark Express or Apple Pages will need to export the manuscript into a common format such as PDF or Word for us to work with.
     
  • Please note that although we can make eBooks using your  PDF manuscript this takes us longer and will attract a surcharge.
     
  • Larger files can be shared with us using services like Dropbox, Google Drive or WeTransfer.

 

Step 2: Understand the typical process for a self-publishing author.

Here is the route that most authors will follow for each book:

  1. Your draft manuscript is completed in Microsoft Word.
     
  2. Editing of the wording by a professional. Read more.
     
  3. Let us help you craft a unique sales blurb for the back-cover or Amazon.
     
  4. Illustrations, let us help you with images to captivate your reader.
     
  5. Cover design for print and/ or eBook. Read more.
     
  6. Typesetting, if you want a physical paperback. Read more.
     
  7. Creating your eBook, if you want a digital version of your book. Read more.
     
  8. Publishing of the eBook and paperback on Amazon.
     
  9. Marketing activities such as booking out and building your own professional author website. Read more.

 

Decide the specific services that we can help you with. Each step of the way will have it's own fees and lead times as described on the individual service pages.

 

Step 3: Make first contact.

  1. Fully complete our contact form. Give us as much detail as possible about the help you need.
     
  2. Make sure to attach your (MS Word) manuscript to the contact form.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

You would be surprised how many authors assume we are a traditional publisher. Many authors call us expecting that we will cover all their costs AND make them famous. Wonder why the traditional publishers are suffering? Just saying.

  • We are not a traditional publisher (repeated for effect.)
  • We empower authors via the self-publishing process.
  • We offer authors professional publishing services and we charge accordingly.

 

Please view our services pricing page here.

For authors still on the hunt for that elusive publishing deal with a traditional publisher, we wish you the best of luck. (We mean that, well sort of.) Have a look at this list of publishers found on the Publishers Association of South Africa's website. Begin the cold calling process.

 

 

Most of our authors we will never meet us face to face. Is that strange? Possibly. Does it mean we are still trustworthy? Absolutely. Most of our business is conducted online via a mixture of phone calls and email.

For those authors who are worried about paying money to a business without first shaking hands, I offer the following friendly word:

 

You should have at least a completed draft of your manuscript. Have it ready in a common format such as:

  1. Microsoft Word (This is our favorite.)
  2. Adobe InDesign,
  3. PDF (This will cost a little more and take a bit longer to convert to eBook formats.)

Please note that we cannot accept manuscripts that are hand-written. (If you cannot afford the cost of Microsoft Word, look at our resources section for a few suggestions on free word-processors.)

We also cannot accept any manuscripts written in software that cannot export to a common format such as Word or PDF.

We prefer to have the manuscript as a single file. Please avoid sending us seperate files for each chapter of your book. This makes us grumpy and will result in extra charges to cover the coffee needed.

 

  1. We will only start after receiving a minimum of a 50% deposit of the total amount quoted. 

  2. For payments less than ZAR 3000 we insist on receiving full-payment upfront. We hate chasing authors for small amounts of money.

Obliviously, all work carried out will remain the property of MYeBook until the final payment has been made.

 

 Please do not message us over Whatsapp if you want to be taken seriously! Save Whatsapp for cute messages to loved-ones.

Here is are the best ways to get hold of us, in order of preference:

  1. Email Us

  2. Call Us (082 624 3138)

  3. Skype Us (henderson_za)

 

As mentioned we prefer working over emails. However if you are in the Cape Town area you are more than welcome to pop in for a coffee. Please note that a face to face meeting will only happen after you have accepted our quote for your services. The main reason for this is that most authors simply want to meet for validation of their writing. As soon as the costs are discussed they mysteriously disappear :(

 

As much as we would love to meet every author that contacts us - this would mean somewhere up to 10 authors each day!

This means that most of the time our communication will be conducted with emails and phone calls. For authors who might be in the Cape Town region, we would love to meet with you ONCE you have been quoted and are happy to move forward :)

Many first-time authors lack confidence and are hoping for validation of their writing. We will help you no matter how bad your writing might be. We do not believe in turning serious authors away. We might just recommend that we give your manuscript a thorough edit before we release it for sale!

Some authors are under the illusion that we run a charity and will not be heard from as soon as a quote is delivered to their inbox. For these reasons we insist that our quote is accepted first before meeting.

 

We accept the following forms of payment:

  1. EFT (Our bank details are found at the bottom of  all our quotes.)

  2. Cheque -These will take 7 days to clear. Please also include an additional ZAR 100 per cheque paid, due to the associated bank fees.

  3. International Wire Transfers/ Swift transfers - Please include an extra ZAR 350 per SWIFT payment due to associated bank fees.

  4. Paypal - This will add 10% to the original quoted amount to cater for fees from Paypal.

 

We currently work out of Cape Town, South Africa.

However we primarily do our publishing work online. This means it does not matter if you are an author living in Cape Town or Cairo, we can give you the same awesome service!

As a simple rule messages, emails or phone calls outside of reasonable business hours will not be answered until the following working day. We are available during standard business hours.You would be surprised how many authors call or message us late at night. Don't be that author.

 

If at all possible we prefer receiving your manuscript in Microsoft Word format.

Second prize would be receiving your manuscript in Adobe InDesign format. (This is the software that most publishers use to assemble and create books.)

Can we create an eBook directly from a PDF file? Most of the time, yes. However it will take us longer and cost more to extract all the text and images from the PDF

 

Yes! We can help you create a print ready interior and cover :)

Once we have helped you create print-ready cover and interior PDF files you then have two options to print and distribute:

  1. You can then take both the cover and interior PDF files to a local printer. 
     
  2. We can help you reach the world with your paperback by publishing you on the Amazon owned Createspace platform. This is known as print-on-demand model.

If published on Createspace your paperback will also be available on the Amazon store. This means potentially that readers will have a choice of either buying your eBook or paperback directly from Amazon. The reader pays for both the printing of your paperback AND the shipping! This means that the author can sell printed books without paying a cent. 

Read more on publishing a print on demand paperback here.

 

No, for various reasons we prefer not to get involved in the production and distribution of audio books. We recommend you contact  AudioShelf.co.za if you are looking for professional  voice-over artists and distribution at great rates.

 

Absolutely. If you are technically-minded and don't mind getting your hands dirty you are welcome to create your own eBook. Obviously if the eBook has been poorly-constructed then we will recommend that we help you to fix the mistakes.

 

Hell yeah! Find us on all the popular networks, here are our favorite:

 

Of Course! We love partnering with like-minded brands.

Have a gander through our adverting options on our advertising page here.

 

Yes you can. We are always looking for friendly and ambitious partners. Please email us your details including a portfolio of work that we can look through. 

Remember that we need team-players who are excited about giving the best service to our authors :)

 

Yes, please get hold of us and give us the specifics of your event. Find out more about our founder - David Henderson - by visiting his website: www.TheDavidHenderson.com

 

Of course we will, you deserve it! 

Any author you refer to us will earn you at least 10% of the profit made from helping them. Make sure that the friend you refer lets us know that you sent them :)