A word processor and an Adobe Acrobat conversion can make publishing something as quick as it takes to type the text and hit convert.
Or if one respects the product they want to sell, they will take the proper time to do the thing right. Properly written, proof read by others, edited, re-edited, and properly credited, good drawings or pictures that are meaningful and helpful to the written explanations.
I thought it might be of interest to some reading this thread if I wrote a quick mini-chronicle of my personal experience self publishing
I have self published two books. I offer them two ways: Professionally printed on a $30,000 Xerox color print machine, or in .pdf format. I give a $5 discount on the .pdf version.
My most recent book is Coinvanish Volume 2
. I added the general description and explanations of the routines throughout the last few years. I started assembling them into a work during the summer of 2004. I had pictures taken and I personally digitally edited out every background to the picture so that the final pictures take on the clean look of illustrations, but have the clarity of photographs.
By September 2004 I had the book fully written and illustrated. I went through almost 4 months of editing, formatting, re-editing, peer review. After the primary 3rd party editing was complete, I sent the book to several well respected coin magicians for proof reading. I did not go to market until mid January 2005.
Take a quick peek at my Products page HERE
, just wait for a few seconds and the images will pull back and show glimpses of the actual pages from the books. You can see my take on how I like to format my works.
I have received many compliments specifically on the production value of the books, the clarity of the text, the professional level of the photographs, etc. If you take the time to do the project right, it does not go un-noticed.
Maybe it is a personal thing, I take pride in what I produce, and I would not want to put my name on anything, or worse, charge money for it, if it was not done professionally.
The result is hopefully my customers find the work of value. The material properly explained and easy to understand, and will remain customers for any future works I may endeavor to produce.
People that put out sloppy stuff will ultimately have it come back and bite them.