Grammar Factory Publishing is the premier self-publishing solution for entrepreneurial business owners who understand the benefits that come from being a published author.
Our clients work with us for a variety of reasons, but invariably, they have both tactical "writing and publishing" questions, as well as more fundamental and strategic business goals they’re looking to achieve.
How do you get from idea to manuscript to published book?
If you’re like the business owners we’ve worked with over the past 8+ years, you have real, practical, nuts-and-bolts questions about writing and publishing your book. And you may have the following issues:
Fundamentally, our clients aren’t publishing a book as a vanity project, or to check an item off their bucket-list.
How does your book need to impact your business to deliver ROI?
If you’re like our talented and ambitious author-entrepreneurs, you’ve already seen success in your business but have now set your sights higher, and you believe that publishing a professional, high-quality book offers vital, strategic leverage that will help you achieve this goal.
Whatever your goals, Grammar Factory's publishing services are designed to turn your draft manuscript into a high-caliber, professionally published book that you can proudly share with clients, prospects and influencers. You can also sell direct and through our partner network of more than 40,000 online and physical retailers worldwide.
Will publishing a book deliver tangible results for your business?
We’ve already helped hundreds of entrepreneurs like you, across such diverse fields as Real Estate, Financial Planning, Marketing, Personal Fitness, Nutrition, Personal Development, Business Consulting, Coaching and more, to write and publish impactful books that grow their business.
And did their books deliver?
Here’s what actual clients have told us happened after they published their book:
- 86% said their business grew, with more than a third reporting their earnings had doubled.
- They received media opportunities – 63% were featured in online magazines, 43% in newspapers, 33% on the radio and 10% on TV.
- They used their book to secure strategic partnerships – 74% finding new referral partners, 42% getting distribution partners, and 26% partnering with the big brands in their industry.
Are we the right publisher to help you get where you want to go?
Not knowing your specific situation, we can’t yet say, but once we have the chance to get to know each other, we’ll tell you very honestly whether we think we're the right publisher for you, or if there is another publisher or publishing model that would better suit you.
For now, we’ll share what we can to help you decide whether we might be a good fit. If, based on what you read, you think we can help, then let’s talk.
Having worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, we find that our publishing model and packages are highly effective in delivering results for established business owners, of 6-7 figure annual revenue service businesses, whose success is heavily dependent on their personal profile and authority, and who are ready to publish a business or self-help book related to their area of expertise.
Why? Because these businesses have a foundation of revenue that can pay back based on the impacts that a well-crafted publishing strategy can deliver. Your book creates ROI by impacting metrics like sales funnel conversion rates, average deal size, lifetime customer value and retention rates. While less established businesses will see positive impact on these same metrics, the absolute dollar benefit will often not offset the up-front investment.
If you don’t fit into this group but think there may be other reasons why publishing is important to your strategy, let’s chat and figure it out together.
What makes Grammar Factory different from other publishers and self-publishing companies?
Our authors tell us that there are 5 major reasons why they see Grammar Factory as the self-publishing partner of choice for their books and their business.
1. We’re entrepreneur-minded and focused on driving your business results.
We’re a business-minded publisher that serves entrepreneurs and business leaders exclusively. We don’t dabble in fiction, poetry or kids’ books. Rather, we’re focused 100% on publishing books that delivers results for you and your business. While our editors are degree-qualified to help you put your best words forward, our Executive Publisher, Scott A. MacMillan, is a 20+ year media industry veteran with top-tier strategy consulting and corporate executive experience across 3 continents. He's also a best-selling author and podcast host in his own right. Combined, we’re ready, willing and able to publish not only a professional-quality, nonfiction book, but a high-impact, expertise-driven one that builds your brand and grows your business.
“My editor stunned me with her ability to rapidly understand concepts that had taken me a long time to grasp, and her guidance and input into the book-writing process cannot be overstated. As an exceptional writer herself, her greatest strength was undoubtedly her ability to listen, and then decipher complex scenarios and make them sound simple on paper.”
Author of The Future of the Sales Profession
“[In] just one day, I got more clarity about my message and services than I've had in the last two years! In one brilliant stroke [Grammar Factory] made a small but laser-focused tweak in the way I present my message, giving me exponential reach to more clients. Looking back on it, it should have been obvious, but I never saw it, even after 2 years of being in business.”
Women's Empowerment Coach and author of How to Model in Paris
2. We’re uncompromising on quality, in order to enhance rather than detract from your brand.
We’re entirely committed to quality, both quality of service and the quality of your published book. Every Grammar Factory publishing package includes 3 rounds of content editing (structural, semi-structural/copyedit, and a final proofread) to hone your document into a well-structured, clear, compelling articulation of your message. You’ll also benefit from unlimited cover concepts and revisions to make certain that you love not just how your book reads, but how it looks on the shelf, on your desk and in your clients’ hands.
“[Grammar Factory] took something rambling and confused and made it into something cohesive and authoritative. I had to pinch myself to remember it was my book, not someone else's book I was reading. I must be honest that I was trepidatious about getting the version back. But no, what a delight.”
Coach and author of It's Your Birth, Right?
3. We take the burden off you so you can tend to your clients and your business.
Your 6-person publishing team includes your publisher, 2 editors, cover designer, interior layout designer and project manager. This team of professionals takes the burden off you so you can focus on your clients and your business. And if your book isn’t written yet, our collaborative ghostwriting or writing support programs can get it done quickly without undue stress on your already-packed schedule.
“Grammar Factory is extremely easy to work with and produces excellent content. Their ability to present complex topics in a comprehensive yet readable way led to improved communication with our clients and better ranking in the search engines. Most importantly, the process was always smooth for all parties and delivered on time and on brief.”
“[Initially] I had the book edited by another cheaper editor but was left feeling uncertain. When it came back, I still had fears it was not telling the story I wanted. Enter Grammar Factory. [My editor] suggested layout changes to make the book a more sensible read and turned it into a book I was proud of and one that will give my readers what they expect.”
Franchisee Success Coach and author of Upsize Your Profits
4. We apply proven and proprietary methods to ease your author journey and deliver results.
Our team works to a well-honed and repeatable system that ensures the best outcome possible, every time. For example, our Amazon Best-seller Campaign methodology, when applied to your professionally published book, can reliably rank you as a best seller in multiple categories and regions to further enhance your professional profile. Still in the writing stage? Our proprietary Entrepreneur to Author STEPS Method is described in the 2020 book Entrepreneur to Author, a #1 International Amazon Best Seller in both Authorship and Entrepreneurship. It builds upon our initial IP from the 2016 award-winning book Book Blueprint and guides even the most inexperienced writer from idea to structured and detailed outline in short order, making the rest of the writing process far easier.
“Wow! I've researched a slew of writing coaches, aids and publishers this year. Scott's book is a virtuoso work of all that you need to write your business book. Entrepreneur to Author gives you the entire playbook for writing that book that you need to write to push your business, your purpose, and yourself.”
Managing Partner of Growing Legends
“I was about halfway through writing my book when I received a copy of Book Blueprint. I made a pot of tea and for the rest of the day, I just read it. Armed with new methodology and a system, I set about writing the rest of my own.”
Author of So You Want to Start a Business?
“Working with the team at Grammar Factory has been nothing short of fantastic. From the moment we had our induction to the very last phase of becoming an Amazon best seller, Grammar Factory have been guiding us toward our dream and goal with unwavering sincerity and professionalism.”
Tarek Chouja and Dan Henderson
Authors of Purpose Driven Movement
5. We never take ownership of your content and you get 100% of your royalties, every time.
We believe that your book is your book. That means full creative control, full content rights ownership (globally and perpetually), full flexibility in how you use and leverage your book, and 100% ownership of your book royalties. In every Grammar Factory package. Every time.
Grammar Factory Publishing Packages
Grammar Factory publishing packages include the following elements.
Many self-publishing companies offer entry-level publishing packages that exclude editing (and often proofreading), with you assuming all responsibility for the book's contents. While this is often cheaper and may be fine for high-volume, indie-author fiction or low-profile projects, for entrepreneurs looking to bolster their reputation and that of their business, it's a misguided approach.
By contrast, our flagship Publishing PRO package includes 3 rounds of edits (structural, semi-structural/copyedit and proofread). The quality and professionalism of your published book is critical, both to the integrity of your brand and to ours.
After an initial call with your Lead Editor, your first editing round will take 3-4 weeks to complete. Your editor will do whatever is necessary to make sure your book structure is serving your message and your reader. This includes moving content around, eliminating repetition, stripping out unnecessary content, and rearranging or rewording content so that it flows and communicates clearly and succinctly. We’re respectful but we don’t sugar-coat. You’ll get clear, unambiguous notes about the changes made, with those changes tracked so you can review them in detail.
We know you’re busy, so your editor will make most of the edits for you, with the exception of writing new content from scratch. And when we recommend adding new content, your editor will provide very clear guidance about where it's needed, why and the points that should be covered.
Your second edit will involve the same process for any new content you've written after the first edit, but will also relook at the text as a whole to ensure that it still reads the best it can, and that the overall flow is logical and impactful.
The final edit is a detailed proofread. We always give your manuscript to a second editor so that a fresh pair of eyes can be on the lookout for spelling, grammar, punctuation and other typos that can kill your credibility.
For our Audio Advantage add-on, an additional edit is done to adjust content for the audiobook format. For example, describing visual elements that were simply referenced in the text, shortening long or complex URL references and replacing "reader" with "listener".
If you’ve already had your manuscript professionally edited, we’re happy to review it and give you the opinion of whether it’s ready to move directly into the publishing stage.
Your publishing packaging includes professional cover design by our award-winning design team. We’ll first gather your input to create a design brief, and your designer will create multiple designs (usually between 8 and 10). From here, you may see one that grabs you and we’ll iterate that until it’s right. Or you may see elements you like from multiple concepts, and we’ll come back with additional variations that incorporate those elements together. If none of them hit the mark, we’ll take that as input and come back with another set of concepts for you to review.
Each of our publishing packages includes unlimited revisions, so you can be certain you'll have a cover design that you love.
Internal layout and typesetting
Good internal design can make your book read more easily, make your messages stick, and leave your reader with a more positive feel about the value you’ve added, and the quality of your brand. Your layout artist will start by designing a couple of chapters so you can see how we’ll treat the body text, headings, titles, tables, bulleted and numbered lists, graphic elements, page numbers and every other detail that impacts the effectiveness of your message. Once you’ve reviewed it, we’ll make revisions to the overall design before pulling in the entire, proofread text. At this point, you’ll have another chance to review your book, cover to cover, and flag any final changes you’d like addressed. You can providing up to 25 publish-ready graphics, charts, tables, diagrams, images or other visuals with any of our packages. Or, if you prefer, we can arrange for the creation of graphics based on your rough sketches (rates for this vary, depending on the style and complexity).
ISBNs, barcodes and BISAC codes
As your publisher, we acquire a 13-digit International Standard Book Number (ISBN) for each book format you’re publishing. ISBNs help your book play nicely in the global book distribution ecosystem. We’ll also create the barcode needed for each print version of your book (eBook and audiobook formats do not require barcodes). Finally, we’ll identify the right BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) codes that categorize your book in online listings and on bookshelves.
National library legal deposit(s)
Most countries have a legal requirement to deposit one (or more) physical copy of books published in-country with the national library, e.g. The Library of Congress (USA), The National Library of Australia (Australia), Library and Archives Canada (Canada). As your publisher, we’ll register your book with the relevant library or libraries to satisfy this requirement.
Your final manuscript with interior layout design and cover artwork are initially designed for printing physical copies of your book. For eBook readers, we’ll convert these files to eBook format and distribute it out to the major eBook platforms globally.
Audiobook edit, casting, recording and packaging
(Audio Advantage add-on)
When an audiobook edition is being produced, your editor will do a fourth edit to adjust content for the audiobook format. For example, describing visual elements that were simply referenced in the text, shortening long or complex URL references and replacing "reader" with "listener". We will then shortlist and cast a narrator that fits your voice and brand, record the audiobook production and package it for audio distribution. Packaging includes creating the audiobook version of the cover, developing the necessary audio format descriptions and metadata, and assigning a unique ISBN to the audio edition.
Print-on-demand setup for automated printing and fulfillment
Gone are the days of printing thousands of books up-front that sit in boxes in your garage until you’ve distributed them all. The modern publishing ecosystem has revolutionized printing and fulfillment and, through our distribution partnerships, we are able to set your book up so that you can order as many or as few copies of your book as you wish at any time with approximately one week’s notice.
While print-on-demand offers flexibility to order books as needed, your package includes an initial print-run of 50 copies that you can use immediately to give to clients, partners and other important stakeholders (like your mom). Need more than 50 copies from the get-go? Let us know and we can easily arrange for whatever volume you need.
Through our global distribution partnerships, we distribute your print and eBook editions to more than 1,800 online retailers, and provide distribution access to a total network of more than 40,000 online and physical retailers large and small (incl. Amazon, Booktopia, Barnes & Noble, Chapters-Indigo, Kindle, Kobo, Rakuten, etc.).
Full content rights ownership
Business owners especially have been frustrated by limitations imposed by traditional book publishing deals, limiting their ability to give free copies away at events and repurpose content for other promotional reasons, like lead generation, profile building, etc.
With Grammar Factory, you retain 100% of the rights to your book, in all formats and territories, forever. And you have complete flexibility to leverage it however you wish, a vital requirement for maximizing your total return on investment.
International rights management
Depending on your monetization strategy, audience and topic, you may have opportunities to license your book rights internationally. Through our international rights management partnerships, we can either make your book available for international licensing or set you up so that you can do so directly. We never take any portion of your book royalties, though we do charge a nominal representation fee if you wish to have us manage this on your behalf.
Full creative control
Our expert team will provide strong, professional recommendations on all aspects of your book based on decades of experience. However, you are in control at all times, and unlike traditional publisher/author relationships, you have full approval rights at every stage, and we will not make any changes without you being aware of, agreeing to and approving them.
100% net royalties
Your book is your book, and that includes the revenue it generates. We’re very firm on this, as we believe this is the best way to ensure that our incentives are aligned with yours. Traditional and hybrid publishers make all or a portion of their money from taking up to 92% of the sales of your book. While, as a business owner, your primary objective is driving business revenue not book sales, this dynamic means that your publisher doesn’t get paid when you give your book to clients, make it available free on your website as a lead magnet, or hand it out to clients directly or at conferences and events. We believe that a 100% professional service model is the best model to align our incentives with yours, and as a result, you keep every cent that comes in from sales of your books. Full stop.
Core marketing assets
While we also offer deeper marketing packages, every Grammar Factory publishing package includes the core set of marketing assets you need to minimally promote your books. This includes your author bio and photo(s), book synopsis and description, and book thumbnail images.
Marketing consultation and strategy
Upon request, 6-8 weeks before your book is ready to launch, your Publisher will set up a marketing consultation with you to help you plan out your launch and ongoing promotional strategy. We'll provide you with our book marketing strategy guide at no additional cost, which offers tangible actions and recommendations for how to hit the ground running, even before your book is launched.
Professionally written and published case study
Finally, 6-12 months after your book launch, we’ll interview you and write a professional case study highlighting you, your business and your book. We will distribute it through all our proprietary and third-party channels to increase exposure for you and your book.
We offer our flagship Publishing PRO package with a number of add-on options to provide the support you need.
Prefer to narrate your own audiobook? We can arrange that too.
How long will it take?
For books up to 45,000 words, we offer standard estimated timelines for each stage of the publishing process.
And because we map out your publishing timeline up front, you can start planning your marketing strategy in advance, knowing when you’ll see your book in print.
Keep in mind that this is your book, so you’ll be reviewing and providing feedback at every stage of the process. If you do your parts on time, and we do our parts on time (which we always do), you will have a printed book in approximately four months.
Ready to get started?
If you’re ready to turn your Word document into a book that builds your authority and grows your business, book an obligation-free publishing consultation.
In this consultation, you’ll get: