Publishing Your BookWhat Way is Best For You? - Part 1
Judy Cullins c. 2004
Your print or ebook is nearly finished. You wonder if you should
try to get an agent to represent you to the publisher. Maybe you've
already sent out your query letter to some agents. You dream how
great it would be to be taken under the publisher's wings.
What's wrong with this picture? Even if an agent has given you
the go and asks for a book proposal that has specific marketing
information in it (takes three-seven months to write), you still
have to face reality. FACT: Like Oprah, publishers and agents choose
only 1-2% of proposals submitted.
Let's say for now, you are chosen. The point is, are you fortunate
to be chosen?
Are you willing to wait on the traditional publishing process 12
months more? Are you willing to accept around 2-5% of the profits?
Do you realize that after a few months of one initial book tour
(of which you must pay all costs from your book sales), you are
on your own? And, it you don't put a lot of time into promotion,
your book will fade away within 2 months from the brick and mortar
book store shelves. All unsold and coffee-stained books left will
be returned, and the cost is deducted from the author's royalties.
Unless you are a favored celebrity or famous author, publishers
put little time or money into your book's promotion.
Get the Right Help the Right Way
Who says you can't publish the book yourself? It will certainly
cost you less than you imagine, even under $1000. It will bring
you all the profits. It will put you in charge to make suitable
and favorable writing, publishing and promotion decisions.
With a little help from professionals! These entrepreneurial experts
such as book coaches, book designers, and eBook specialists can
guide you through publishing success. These people may give teleclasses,
small group coaching experiences, inexpensive ways to learn the
ropes. These pros will shorten your learning curve too, so you get
the right help right away to write the right book right away.
When you think you still have to promote your books, even with
a publisher, why not keep most of the profits and do some of the
work yourself? Learn from your coach's experiences, "Do What
You Do Bestand Hire the Rest!" (That doesn't mean you
can't barter for services). Check out the methods below and see
which one suits you best, is more rewarding and far more profitable.
In self-publishing, you are the boss. You get to choose the cover,
the style, the layout, the message, even the format (eBook or Print
Book). Since you are the one enthused about it, you will be able
to capitalize and can promote far better than many publishers.
In self-publishing, who do you think can sell your book the best?
You, the passionate author in love with his or her book, or the
rookie publisher's employee in charge of publicizing your book?
On Print Books--Print on Demand Two Ways
1. Hire the Publisher/Printer yourself to just print your book
from your word file. Companies like Deharts.com (ph: 408-982-9118)
or Alexander.com will put it into Portable Document Format (PDF)
to sell on your web site or another site you choose to sell your
books. A complete explanation of these opportunities are included
in the "How to Write your eBook or Other Short Book--Fast!"
In Print Quantity Needed (similar to POD) you keep all of your
book's rights. This method helps you make much more profit from
your effort and you will get your book out to the buyers so much
faster, making faster profits. The turnaround is around 6-8 weeks,
so it pays to plan ahead. A $15 book may cost $4 to print for a
small of around 100 run using "print on demand" (POD)
or "print quantity demand," (PQN). If you sell it at the
back of the room or on your own web site you will make $11 each
book. When you order 500 books, the price drastically drops.
2. Hire Full-Service Print on Demand Publisher/Printers who each
charge you an up front fee to set up. They too take your word files
and put into Portable Document Format.
The Upside of this choice? Some will list you with Ingraham, one
of the largest book distributors in the U.S., linked to most bookstores.
For a fee from $400-$600, these companies will give you an ISBN
number if you plan to sell your book on someone else's web site.
They will list you in BooksinPrint.com, and some will format your
book. These companies offer you their Web site to sell your book.
The downside? Check to see if you need these services. You don't
need an ISBN # if you sell from your own web site. You probably
won't sell your book in a brick and mortar book store.
Think about your book and where your best market is. Opinions from
Dan Poynter, John Kremer, and myself say, "Bookstores are a
lousy place to sell books." Walk ins are not looking for an
unknown author's book.
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