5 Reasons to Publish with ApressPosted on Sunday, 16 March 2014 21:47
As a long time customer of Apress and now a first time author, I really can't recommend them highly enough as a publisher. Here are 5 reasons they made this a largely pleasurable experience and why if you're considering publishing a book, you should consider them first.
From day 1, Apress were really supportive. I was writing my first book, a little scared, worried whether I was doing the right thing or not in my writing style.
My Coordinating editors (your main go-between) were excellent, helping out with technical issues with the Word template and constantly giving positive reinforcement of my decisions and writing style. Coordinating Editors work incredibly hard to ensure the author is happy and has everything they need, they're not just there to keep the project on track, although that is one of their key jobs.
I also had a wonderful Directing Editor, with whom I could Skype chat about changes of direction and areas of uncertainty.
Apress use SharePoint for organising the mountain of files associated with producing a book. Why is this good? Well, firstly because I love SharePoint but secondly, it makes managing the different versions of each chapter a cinch, you can go back through any chapter and see how it's evolved. Thirdly, you will have access to your original work even if your computer blows up, so that's one less thing to worry about.
One of the things I loved the idea of was publishing a book in the Apress format. I've been buying Apress books for years and the thought of having a book with that famous the black and yellow cover on it was really exciting.
You can publish your own book yes, but the production quality and consistency you get with the Apress template makes for a really professional looking outcome.
Apress work really quickly, they will pair you with a technical reviewer who will support you with constructive feedback, and your Coordinating Editor will make sure everything gets turned around in a timely fashion. I couldn't believe that within a week of getting the nod that the final chapter had been aproved, the book was published and being posted out across the world.
Finally, Apress are part of Springer Publishing, and as such they are incredible at getting your published work on shelves around the world. Not only that but they will also get it onto iBooks, Kindle, and a number of other eBook distribution sites. It's incredible the amount of work they put in on your behalf.