When my first self-published manuscript returned from an editor's desk carved in violent red ink, I learned one huge lesson: a book simply won’t be publishable without professional author services like editing and design.

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You can succeed in today's marketplace as an independent author. There's data to back that up. Of course, statistics and sales reports won't mean a thing if your book has not been professionally edited or if you rushed through the design process.

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While Amazon's CreateSpace is discontinuing its author services, working directly with self-published authors is the core strength of BookBaby, leveling the playing field with services like editing, cover design, book formatting, and more.

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Josh Funk is not only one of the best and most popular picture book authors today, he’s a super positive guy who goes out of his way to boost other authors’ books.

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If you didn’t have the time or weren't prepared to promote your book this season, don’t worry. It might have been the best holiday book sales strategy of all.

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This video gives instructions on how to format your book using Microsoft Word on a Mac. Interior Templates are also available on bookbaby.com.

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