A few weeks ago, I woke up to my little Ry smiling at me. He said, “Mommy, you’re beautiful”, and gave me a hug. I think that was one of the best moments of my life so far.
So my next step in this project is to continue the blog and all that entails, find an editor, and begin the illustrations. I’m thinking of trying a torn paper/mod podge style. Hard to explain but when I start doing them, I’ll scan and share them. For example, the moon on the pages will be made of little bits of torn paper that are pages of stories about the moon.
I hope you have been able to check out the two sites I recommended in my last blog. Also, I found you shouldn’t assume by the podcast titles on those pages that you may not be interested in that particular one. I found some of the most useful information in the ones I waited until last to listen too because the title didn’t sound like it was for me.
Deciding on the avenue to travel is a difficult one. Next I will explain the industry as I have learned it. I’ll give a short explanation of the different types available.
Traditional publishers pay writers royalties in exchange for the rights to their books. The publisher assumes all financial risk.They provide the editor and other people needed to publish a book. They also help with marketing, to a point. Now a days, you as the author, are expected to promote your book as well. You must send out queries and/or manuscripts to these companies with a hope to receive an acceptance letter or rejection within 6 months. Many traditional companies do not take any manuscripts unless you have an agent. You must query an agent first and hope for acceptance in order for them to be able to submit your work to these companies.
These companies expect the author to take on the financial responsibility for the book. They provide the needed people for publishing though. They sometimes are called subsidy publishers meaning the company asks for their costs to be subsidized but then markets and pays royalties.
PRINT ON DEMAND:
Print on demand is a new technology that allows publishing companies to print books entirely on computers which makes the process much less costly. You don’t have a warehouse full of books to sell. They print as an order is needed. So with this new technology, now comes a new hybrid type of publisher. POD is not a type of publisher, but a method of printing.
They assist you in the self-publishing journey. Some will work off royalties which sounds great, but for me I’d rather do the work myself and get more money in return as they use the same online distributers as I would use doing it myself. They may say they are a traditional publisher but there is more to it than that. And you better know the contract in complete entirely before you sign anything. They may say that their books are available to all major book stores but the reality is that they will only be put into a computer database that the company can order from. So unless someone who specifically wants your book and goes in to order it, the book will not actually ever be on the self. You can pitch to the stores to carry your book but with the amount of people doing that, the chances are really slim to nothing. Most often the books are non-refundable to the bookstore if they do not sell so they will not take the chance.
You keep the rights to your book. You publish the book using distributors such as Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, etc. You find and pay for an editor and you promote and market (which means having an exceptional author’s platform, which I will explain in my next blog). Unless you are writing a novel, you must also find and pay for the illustrator if you do not do it yourself. The bonus is you keep all rights to your book and you receive a much higher royalty from these online distributors then you would if you contracted with a traditional publisher.
The reality for most people with self-publishing is that you will probably never get your book into an actual brick and mortar store. But if you are ok with internet sales, as I am, than this is a great option for you. With the increase in people using ipads, nooks and kindles, I think this is a successful option.
What it comes down to is what the individual author wants. Each option maybe a more suitable one depending on what the author is looking for. For me, I’d rather spend the extra time and get a better return on each book, so I will pursue the self-publishing/indie route.
I hope this was helpful in distinguishing between some of the avenues available. Please also know that this blog is strictly based on my research and findings and are opinions only.
Have a great night all!