Bruce Kimmel is AuthorHouse’s “Most-Published Author,” with twelve books published since 2002. We are extremely grateful he has agreed to share his knowledge and experience with us as the AuthorHouse Author’s Digest’s very first guest blogger.
Bruce Kimmel is a multi-talented, award-winning actor, screenwriter, playwright, music producer, singer and author of twelve books (and counting) and has been described as “the foremost album producer of theatre music in the last twenty-five years,” by Charles Edward Pogue, screenwriter of Dragonheart, DOA, & The Fly.
In this, the third in his series of blog posts about his self-publishing experiences and his decade as an AuthorHouse author, he talks about how he perfected the process of producing a polished manuscript.
Book Design, Book Editing and Proofreading
By Bruce Kimmel
Sometimes people say to me, “Yeah, but with print on demand you don’t have an editor or proofer,” to which I say, “Have you seen books from major publishers recently?” The number of errors is actually shocking – and I’m not talking about unknown books or authors – the Harry Potter books’ first printings are legendary for their multiple errors. The fact is, I have three people who proof for me and while you have to resign yourself that you’re never going to catch everything, my books are pretty good in that regard.
The other major change I made with book four (Writer’s Block) turned out to be the best idea I’d had in terms of making the process an easy one: A friend of mine, Grant Geissman, a world-famous guitar player and also composer of the music for Two and a Half Men and Mike and Molly, agreed to design the book for me. He’d written and designed a bunch of coffee table books about MAD Magazine and EC Comics and he loved doing it. So, he designed it all – the book proper, the cover, the back cover, and we presented AuthorHouse with a perfect PDF. It took all of two hours to approve the first galley. And that’s the way it’s been ever since.
In tomorrow’s post, How to Market Your Book, Bruce talks about the most effective way to get the word out about your book and which have been the most successful marketing strategies for his books.
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Bruce Kimmel’s AuthorHouse Bibliography:
The Benjamin Kritzer Trilogy
- There’s Mel, There’s Woody, and There’s You, My Life in the Slow Lane (2010)
- Album Produced By … (2012)
The Adriana Hoftstetter Mysteries
- Murder at Hollywood High (2007)
- Murder at the Grove (2008)
- Murder at the Hollywood Historical Society (2009)
- Murder at the Masquers (2011)
Other Works of Fiction