Too many hats

Some say that there’s a downside to wearing multiple hats. Their argument is supported by the figure of speech Jack of all trades, master of none which indicates that some people are knowledgeable in many areas, but never master any of them.

They also argue that wearing multiple hats is a deterrent for customers because it confuses them. They feel that customers should understand the product and the brand messaging right away. And if there’s confusion on who’s the author or publisher, then this can deter them from purchasing your product.

But if you’re the illustrator as well as the author, and your product and brand messaging are clear then multi-tasking or wearing multiple hats shouldn’t be an issue for your customers.

Wearing many hats has become the basis for some startup companies and new indie publishers. At the inception, business owners crave those that can wear multiple hats (check emails, answer phones, attend events, handle the bookkeeping, etc) because they usually don’t have the funds to pay people individually. In the indie publishing world, the author and publisher or the editor and marketing specialist are often the same people. This creative technique saves time and money, which are valuable to small companies.

So…is multi-tasking characterized as ADD-like behavior? Can it cause more stress and less productivity or is it the sole basis of a new company? Please share your thoughts!

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Self-publish with Lightning Source

There are many reasons why publishers should use Lightning Source as their preferred fulfillment service and/or POD (print on demand) provider. The need for these services is increasing everyday and LSI’s free online tools put them at the forefront of publishing. Their free cover generator, publisher compensation calculator, and complete fulfillment services, distinguish them from the competition. Since they are owned by Ingram, one of the world’s largest distributor, every book will be available to bookstores around the world.

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Lightning Source is not a self-publishing company geared towards helping authors – their primary focus is to assist publishers with their printing needs. Lightning Source prefers working with publishers instead of authors because it minimizes the need for customer support. It is assumed that publishers are more experienced in this field and therefore need less assistance.

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REASONS TO EITHER HIRE A BOOK DESIGNER OR NOT CHOOSE LIGHTNING SOURCE AT ALL
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3. If you do not have the budget for setup fees, proofs, and revision uploads
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5. If you are not familiar with standard publishing guidelines

Lightning Source is obviously the preferred route for many publishers, but it isn’t for everyone. Do your research and remember to weigh the pros and cons.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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