SETTING your standards

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In This Module:

  • Pinpoint key qualities that you prefer for the physical copy of your book

  • Identify your beta readers, editor, and copyeditor for your manuscript

  • Determine a writing timeline and publishing plan for your book launch


    Dating Daddy: Realizing God as Father through Daddy Issues and Bad Romance is a book for women who desire to make meaning of their choices in romance following a devastating breakup or divorce. It is also a book for fathers to understand how necessary their role is in their daughter’s life even if they are no longer with the mother. Dating Daddy is a testament of God's ability to transform the devastating events in your life to have beautiful meaning and as an opportunity to try again.

Dating Daddy was written for daughters to heal and for fathers to understand. This became clear to me after I received feedback from my beta readers!

pre-publishing review (Beta Readers)

Beta Reader: friend, family, or associate who offers feedback from the point of view of an average reader

  • Helps you to identify your TRUE target audience or ideal reader

  • Gain a perspective that you had not considered while writing

  • Free (future) publicity as you prepare to release your book

  • Insights can help you to revise your manuscript before editing phase


  • Adult woman who grew up without her father

  • Two supportive friends who could pull out what was not included

  • Pastor to offer insight on spiritual aspects of book

  • Three males (including one father)


publishing begins with EDITING

*DEVELOPMENTAL - Gives feedback regarding the flow of the story including the character development, pace, setting, and more.

LINE - More intensive editing that hones in on transitions and the flow of ideas line-by-line.

*COPYEDITOR (CE): Reviews and corrects manuscript for accuracy, crispness, and is usually the final collaboration before the interior design phase.

*At minimum, it is recommended that you include a developmental and copyediting round in your publishing process.

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When will your book be available to the public? Be specific.

makings of a book


  • Title

  • Copyright

  • Dedication

  • Table of Contents (TOC)

  • Forward (Written by someone else)

  • Preface

  • Acknowledgement


  • Introduction or Prologue

  • Parts (optional)

  • Chapters

  • Conclusion (or Epilogue, Afterword, Postscript)


  • Index

  • About the Author


makings of a book listing: metadata

A set of information that you will need to upload on your preferred distributor’s website. Your homework in each section will aid you in completing the following:

  • Author Bio

  • Book Description

  • Contributors

  • Cover Image

  • ISBN

  • Search Keywords

  • Title and Subtitle of Book

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Focus on word count instead of number of pages

250 - 300 words per page*

*1” margins on all sides and 12 point font

Word Count by Genre

  • PICTURE BOOKS: 500 - 600 words (page count depends on number of pictures)

  • EARLY READERS: 3,000 - 5,000 words (page count depends on illustrations)

  • CHAPTER BOOKS: 5,000 - 10,000 words (page count depends on illustrations)

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL: 20,000 - 55,000 words (80 - 220 pages)

  • SELF-HELP: 40,000 - 50,000 words (160 - 200 pages)

  • NON-FICTION: 50,000 - 75,000 words (200 - 300 pages)

  • FICTION: 75,000 - 100,000 words (300 - 400 pages)


Book Trim Sizes

The following sizes are available by most print on demand service providers:

  • DIGEST 5.5” x 8.5”

  • TRADE 6” x 9”

  • CHILDREN’S 8.5” x 8.5”

  • WORKBOOK 8.5” x 11”

  • LANDSCAPE 11” x 8.5”

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of the three books you’ve selected, Which book dimensions do you like the most?

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
— Toni Morrison

keep calm, write on!

Make progress on your book EVERYDAY

  • Read content that supports what your book is about

  • Meet your daily word count goal

  • Interview other writers or people who may be case studies in your book

Write with a focus on COMPLETION, not to edit as you go along

Create writing milestones and celebrate your progress

i.e. After I complete 15,000 words, I will binge watch my favorite show


  • Edit (2 - 4 weeks)

  • Upload metadata onto distribution website

  • Interior Design (2 - 4 weeks)

  • Cover Design (2 - 4 weeks)

  • Commence marketing and publicity campaign

  • Convert manuscript to EPUB and MOBI files for eBook (2 weeks)

  • Order proofs and make necessary updates for final approval (2 weeks)

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What will you do to incorporate writing into your daily routine?


As a writer, you will need to continue strengthening your character and see beyond the highs and lows of business and publishing. This book highlights the the tried and true disciplines necessary for life and successful.

Best Practices

  • Select beta reader(s) who are your ideal readers

  • Invest in an editor! Whether you choose to trust a friend who is a professional editor or hire a freelancer, their review can help your self-published book look like it has been published by a professional. Below are a few websites with freelancers who offer a variety of services:

  • Give yourself grace with the writing timeline.

Before the next module:

  • Draft your book description (250-500 words)

  • Determine your daily and weekly writing goals

  • Customize your writing and publishing timeline

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