~~~ Notes from Minnesota ~~~
My head is spinning.
I recently ordered four books from Amazon. When they arrived, I realized every single one of them was printed using POD technology. To make things more exciting, one of the titles was a full color cookbook! Amazing.
Wow. Mind blown.
I remember the crazy days when POD was a novelty… one tier “lower” than self publishing. I also recall thinking that label was pretty unjust.
While my sample pool may be a bit skewed, I found my little discovery pretty astounding. Thrilling, really.
We live in exciting times. Never before has information been more democratized. So, get writing. Share your dream. Write your book and avoid the pitfalls I outline in today’s article. (Ha… awesome transition, eh?)
Onward and upward,
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Thanks to technology, getting your work published is easier than ever… or is it?
Writing and publishing a book is one of the most powerful marketing strategies any creative entrepreneur can undertake. Although the Internet has created new publishing opportunities galore, it’s also created a new breed of publisher that may (or may not) make it easier to make a living (or have a profitable hobby) as a creative entrepreneur.
This handbook explores various options to get your work published. You’ll also discover tips to give you the edge when you evaluate publishing opportunities, how to easily spot scams, little known (but profitable) markets that will augment your income, and much more.
Armed with a little industry savvy, creative entrepreneurs can not only make a good living, they can save hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars by avoiding scams, hooks, lines, and sinkers lurking in the current publishing environment.
Beth Ann Erickson
You’ve worked hard on your manuscript. Give it the treatment it deserves by not settling for less than what your work merits. If you see any of these red flags in a publishing house you’re considering, run… don’t walk… away from them.
Paying for publishing:
Any time a publisher, agent, or editor asks you for money, politely decline. These people are (in all likelihood) scam artists who prey on writer’s dreams. Legit publishers will not ask you to pony up dough for any reason.
Purchasing books as a part of your publishing agreement:
If you have to buy a set number of books and sell them yourself, this isn’t a legitimate publishing company.
Paying for edits:
If a publishing house or agent “just happens” to be affiliated with an editing company that will take care of your manuscript for a fee, decline to work with them. Legit publishers and agents will edit your manuscript free of charge.
Unless you specifically want to self-publish, there’s no reason to pay setup fees… ever. A legitimate publisher does not charge “setup fees.”
A literary agent I once contacted wrote this: “With the inundation of quality manuscripts, I feel I must charge you for my time to review yours.” Bull-doggie. Forget it. Any publisher or agent who charges a reading fee is a scam artist and isn’t worth your time.
Finding a good contract can be tough. But if you know a few pitfalls, you’ll make a much more educated decision as to whether you want to sign it. You’d also be wise to contact an attorney to thoroughly read any potential contract, too. Here are a few contract woes:
Zero Promotion from Publisher:
If your publisher doesn’t promote their titles, they’re an “author mill” who makes the majority of their money selling books to their authors and their surrounding communities, friends, and neighbors. Good publishers promote their titles.
Paying for Promotion:
Unless you’re self publishing, do not pay for any “promotional packages.” A reputable publisher will promote your title as part of their daily business operations.
No freebie galleys sent to reviewers:
A good review in a widely-read magazine (or e-magazine) will sell more books than you can imagine. The hitch is that many reviewers want to read prepublication galleys. If your publisher doesn’t manufacture galleys and/or make e-galleys freely available, it’s unlikely that you’ll sell many books.
No input on cover/text layout:
I’m getting picky here. But when my first book came out, I absolutely hated the cover. I’d have given my eye teeth to have a book that made me proud.
If you’re working with a small publishing house, it’s only common courtesy that they’ll give you final say on the cover design. After all, you’re the ultimate owner of that book and with any luck, it’ll follow you for a very long time.
This was an excerpt from Publish Smart. You can get more awesome publishing tips like this when you nab a copy. Check it out here:
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