Still self-published, just with a team of people who help us, and believe me, the learning curve of all the things and details we had to learn was HUGE.
Below is the cover of the book. James was lucky enough to get Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter to write a forward for him, that is why the little bird is flying in the lower right corner.
The design of the cover was a beautiful process in which we got to see four different ideas and then choose one, then a very talented graphic designer helped us with details, colors, etc. There is a whole team helping with the interior design of the book as well.
Having a professional, excellent editor, was one of the most rewarding experiences of the process. I had no idea that editors could be THAT good and helpful. More of that when James writes his post.
I learned quite a bit about audio-recording books so that they can be distributed through Audible (another company that Amazon -smartly- bought). I went with James to the studio for both days in which he was scheduled and it was very interesting to see how it’s done.
The studio itself has recorded famous books like Freakonomics, and has had celebrities like Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep read novels.
It all sounds fabulous but it comes down to a small enclosed space with a mic and an engieneer outside who checks your pronounciation of every word and the tone, weather to repeat a line or not, etc.
For James it was exhausting. Talking for 4.5 hours for two days is kind of like going through primary and second series all together.
Here is the cover for the audiobook, it had to be a square so the design changes.