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Monday
Sep012008

Self publishing, should you or shouldn't you?

Now, I try to never give advice on something I haven't experienced either firsthand or watched happening. In a former life I needed a handbook to immigration published that wasn't attractive enough as a proposition for the big publishers and e books online hadn't been invented yet, so I had but one choice. I did my research about who to go with and settled on one with glowing reports from all the authors who'd used them. Self Publishing Your Novel Here's what I discovered in a nutshell. 1. You will sign a contract which is strongly biased toward the publishing company, and have very little control over the finished product or timespan. 2. With slogans like "your book your way" they lure you in, take your thousand dollars before they even see what you're publishing, although they claim to be picky about what they publish. That's the last time you will feel like a paying customer. 3. Although you must write, proof, edit, and then format the doc according to their strange tastes yourself, or pay someone to do this for you; when you send it complete with artwork and layout, so that nothing remains to be done, checked, or changed ( a process that normally takes 1 to 2 or more years) they will ignore your written and signed instructions. Producing covers that look like a middle school project although they have quality photo files and layout from you. They claim to offer advice on size of book, distrubution, price, etc. But once you make your choice they'll remind you that the premier pack, costing double what you paid, for very little benefit, is what you should have gone for, so they could have offered better a service. 4. You may find as I did, that distrubution channels they boasted of fail to materalise. That the proof copy of your book produced in some flar-flung cheaper land (and looking cheap too) will need to be shipped to you to sign off, and it will be sent at your cost, you pay the shipping. Unless you choose ordinary post from Outer Mongolia or Upper Canada, taking two months to reach you. That although it's a proof copy, if you make any changes to it, including any changes needed because they fail to do what you asked, you will pay extra for this. I found myself asking what exactly the fee you pay is for, as all layout, formatting, covers, writeups, are done by the author. They give you an ISBN number that's about it. Then when you print copies for sale you do so at a premium before you can resell them. Any copies they sell through their channels will leave you with very little of the cover price. You will wait to get royalties paid out for months. So is it worth it? Well many people have no choice as was the case with my book. If traditional publishers don't pick it up because it doesn't meet their list or they can't make big money on it the self-publishing or print on demand route can be an option. You may be better served doing it all yourself on lulu.com and then just paying to print as many as you need. Amazon have booksurge publishing which may in the future give you a benefit of selling on Amazon as they may block the other self publishing houses. Have you googled the company you want to use with name "......... publishers scam rip off"? Do your research first before you sign. Here's good advice from a publisher Do you have a self-publishing story or complaint or comment? Write to us below under comments and well publish it on here. A great site with all the research done for you. Wisequeen
Thursday
Aug282008

Amazon.com reviewers why don't they get a life!

I've read the book Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller (Author) cover to cover whilst savoring ever word three times now. It's one of my treasured books, and I'm an author and have a large library too, for what it's worth. It's brilliant and true, I know I have experienced so much of what Bobo so vividly portrays: the truth about Africa. Those who focus on the alcohol, the brutal humor and war, miss the true story here. That these people really are exceptional and normal too. What sets them apart is their ability to create, and recreate their lives in a harsh climate and in military regimes that Africa suffers under. Its a story of courage, dignity and human spirit, and I wish all the those haven't-lived- a-life- kind-of people would just go away and comment on some other book. I've just had knee surgery and confined to bed as I am, have now read it for the forth time. You should read it and don't jump to any conclusions about colonial lifestyles. Bobo has told her life in candid vivid detail, it's breathtaking, and unless you have the capacity to understand the empathy which she shows to her Africa laboring as it is under military regimes, you should rather read one of the many political commentaries about Africa. Normally written by non-Africans which cast great sweeping opinions over everything. This book doesn't, it's life, real life told from a real persons perspective. I highly recommend you read it and once again I salute Bobo's brillant writing. Amazon veers between good reviews and other people who shouldn't be allowed to review anything, least of all a book. But they do and what they give to me, is a mixture of dismay at their ignorance and also a kind of simmering comfort that even great writers have to struggle to be read by intelligent people with the capacity for understanding. Name a brillant author, and I'll tell you how they struggled to be published, had to often finance their own books, and got crappy reviews from crappy people. What has changed? Read this book and add your good review to the many there already are on Amazon. com Then send virulent vile thoughts to those with too much voice and no understanding. 179 Reviews 5 star: 59% (106) 4 star: 22% (40) 3 star: 6% (12) 2 star: 2% (5) 1 star: 8% (16) See all 179 customer reviews... 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (179 customer reviews) Print List Price $14.95 Care to comment? do so below.