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Welcome :)

I wanted to personally welcome you to the MYeBook self-publishing process!

My name is Dave and I founded our startup back in 2012 when the publishing industry was in the midst of digital upheaval. I noticed that whilst the digital shift in publishing had taken hold in other continents, 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 5 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 assistance aimed at our brave, aspiring authors, we have pulled a distant industry within the 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

 


 

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.

Visit our pricing page here.

 

We don't traditionally publish. This means that all our services are once-off charges. No commissions will be taken from your royalties. You earn everything. You also own all copyright on material we help you create.

 

We won't critique your manuscript. This is a job of a good editor. We help every author to create the most professional book possible. Period.

How to reduce the cost of editing.

 

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 digital conversation.


 

Help us help you.

Do your homework before getting hold of us.


 

How to submit.

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 older software like Quark Express will need to export the manuscript into a common format such as PDF 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: Calculate your publishing investment.

 

 

Step 3: Make first contact through our contact us page.

  •                Fully complete our contact form. Give us as much detail as possible about the help you need.
     
  • Make sure to attach your (MS Word) manuscript file 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. Wondering why the traditional publishers businesses 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, 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 face to face. Is the weird? Possibly. Does it mean we are still trustworthy? Absolutely.

Most of our business is conducted online via a mixture of phone calls, messages and email.

For those authors who are worried about paying money to a business without first shaking hands, here are some things to think about:

  • We are a member of the PASA (Publishers Association of South Africa.)

  • We are a member of SAFREA (Freelancers Association of SA.)

  • Here are some of our happy authors.

  • Have a quick-look at our author community of Facebook. Notice all those five-star reviews?

Still not trusting? We are happy to sign an NDA to help protect you and your information :)

You should have at least a completed draft of your manuscript ready in a common file-format such as:

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

Want to know more about our processes? We recommend you read this.

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 convert from PDF? Most of the time yes. However it will take us longer and cost more.

 

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)

  4. Arrange a face-to-face meeting (South African authors only)
    1. Please note we will only have a meeting with you once you have: Emailed us your manuscript AND you have been quoted. Otherwise the meetings are always bit short.

 

 

We currently work out of Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

However we primarily operate 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!

We are available during standard business hours for phone calls or Skype sessions. You would be surprised how many authors call us late at night. Dont be that author.

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

  • You can then either decide to take the files to a local printer OR
  • We can help you reach the world with your paperback by publishing you on the Amazon owned Createspace platform.

If published on Createspace your paperback will also be available on Amazon. 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.

 

Yes we can, contact us to found out the costs of creating your very own audioBook.

For those authors on a budget and looking to create your own Audiobook we recommend you use Audacity, available here.

 

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.

 

We accept the following forms of payment:

  1. EFT (Our bank details are found at the bottom of our quotes.)
  2. Cheque (These will take 7 days to clear. Please also include and additional R100 per cheque paid, due to the associated bank fees.)
  3. Swift transfers (Please include an extra R250 per SWIFT payment due to associated bank fees.)
  4. Paypal (Henderson_za@yahoo.com.)

 

  1. We will only start after receiving a minimum of a 50% deposit of the total amout quoted. Many of our service providers insist on receiving payment upfront.

  2. For payments less than R2000 we insist on receiving full-payment upfront. We hate chasing authors for small amounts of money.

  3. We can cater for monthly installments ONLY after we receive the initial 50% deposit.

 

Hell yes! 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 driven partners. Please email us your details including a portfolio of work that can be appraised.

We only work with the best, so be prepared to give some amazing author-service.

 

Yes, please get hold of us and give us the specifics of your event.