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<\Independent, Shared, Traditional Publishing FACTS>


<\“What do I want to accomplish with my writing?”> You spent a great deal of time and effort to get your manuscript to this phase. You elected a story line, you did your research, you typed it, edited it, rewrote and rewrote until you are ready to send it out for reading. So, what do I want to accomplish?

<\“Will a publisher be interested in my manuscript?”> You should research publishers that are known to be interested in your genre of manuscript. Some publishers publish poetry, horror, and Si-Fi. Others may publish mostly children’s books etc. You can query for guidelines and briefly mention your manuscript. The publisher will generally reply whether interested or not. Responses may take up to three months. Include a S.A.S.E. With all correspondence to facilitate faster responses.

The truth is you will receive plethora rejections letters for various reasons. Be thick skin and wade through those negative responses as a listen learned. Rejection is the natural course of things. Publishers have budgets and preferences of genres. If you have published before and sold a solid quality of books it could possible to ease you in their door.

Most publishers nowadays do not peruse unsolicited manuscripts without and agent. Most agents aren’t interested if you don’t have a publisher. There’s the rub your catch-22. If you know someone who knows someone who knows someone to get your manuscript seen. Take advantage of that narrow opportunity and make the best of it.

Don’t ever submit anything to a publisher without querying first. A single page letter to the publisher pitching your manuscript if a good feeler. This is your first impression do make it count. Be sure to verify their genre preference, and guidelines for submission. Unless you absolutely have a best seller on your hands adhere to publishers’ guidelines religiously.

If you have more than three errors on a page retype. If you have a single error on the page retype. If you don’t care, why would the publisher care?

Be confident in yourself. Be confident in your work. If you are not you may appear desperate.

<\“What goals do I want to achieve?”> Should your objective be to get rich quick you’ll be gravely disappointed. Though it is possible to have what appears to be an overnight success. It’s not probable. They are very rare occurrences. Be sensible and persistent.

After you have tried the traditional route you may discover that independent-publishing is an option for you. Or perhaps, you aren’t interested in writing as a career, to be famous or make money. You merely want a finished professional book to give as gifts to family, friends and colleagues. Some authors elect to independent-publish a book for birthdays, weddings, and anniversary gifts or to be passed out when they have expired to have the last word. Then independent-publishing is the way to proceed. As publishers need to make money from books they accept for publishing.

These publications are quarterly so it’s important removal notices are given at minim four months in advance. Author request for book removal on this website is not possible. Books promoted here are through a distribution program. Whether your book appears here or not

<\“Do I have the ambition and drive needed to promote may finished book?”> If you aren’t invested they won’t be invested either. Books don’t fly off the shelve by themselves. The author must do book signings and readings to meet their reading audiences. No reader has ever said, “I only read books published by “X” publisher.” They don’t care who your publisher is—they are investing in you with their hard earn dollars. Readers with to hobnob with you the author.

There is no shame in independent-publishing as many of your well-known authors begin by publishing their own works. Stephen King’s first novel was independent-published under a pen name. Whatever your dream may be you are the key to your success or your failure.

There are myriad independent-publishing offerings today that can perform the services you need for a finished book. I offer independent-publishing services to authors that want complete control of their books and their rights. I am not a vanity or subsidy publisher. They typically don’t provide any help with your book once published and have filled your printing order. It’s a cold hard world and you should accept help when and wherever you can. Don’t travel this path solo when you don’t have too.

I work with the author to offer the besting pricing within their set budget. Additionally, I help the author with flyers, advert placement in The Drury Gazette and Theo’s Compass, and on this website. If they want that additional help, most do, as it is FREE. Authors’ adverts run until they state in writing to cancel. The cancellation and removal of that advert will not occur until the next issue is being typeset for publication.

<\“Am I financially solvent to cover cost?”> Publishing isn’t something to go into lightly. It is an expensive arena to play in. However, that does not translate into being impossible. You can make it happen even on the tightest of budgets. You don’t have to do everything at once.

You can pay for editing services if you know you are apt enough. Then you can work on having your manuscript typeset. Following that your book cover. Later, you pour yourself over the galleys checking for errors. This is not the time to be impatient and rush. You are almost to the finish line. Don’t discard your hard labor now. Once everything is 100% satisfactory to you. The book is ready for printing.

I always opt for a sample copy to ensure the cover is exactly as I want it. This is also your last opportunity to scan for more possible errors. Remember you have invested much time and money up to this point. Once printed any errors you missed will be there until the next printing or longer (depending on the publisher). This is a good time to have an objective person with quality grammar skills and an eye for detail. Printers only reprint or refund their errors—NOT YOURS.


You should be advised that most of the information here also applies to shared and traditional publishing. Obviously, there are some differences like—Shared-Publishing is where the author and publisher share equally cost and profits. The author has more input each step of the way. But less than if author independent-published as publisher will be looking at this to recover expenses. The difference here is the publisher believes in your work, will to help see it to fruition. Unlike independent-publishing where you bare all the expenses.

The publisher in this situation will be more active in promoting the book. But author cannot become lacks here. The author is the principle partner in this venture because the readers want to know more and meet you.

Your book is an extension of yourself. You are what the readers are buying. You need to do as many book signings and book readings your schedule permits. Start small within your local community and work your way outward to surrounding countries. Then your entire state and keep the momentum growing until you have covered the contiguous united states.

Whether independent-publishing, never ever say the defeating words Self-Published when pushing your book. Although, self-publishing is more acceptable these days. It still carries some negative connotation that can pull the ground out from under you.

The established publishing houses that have been around for decades still view self-publishing negative. Even though more and more of them are beginning to off independent -publishing and shared-publishing services. Bookstores understandably don’t carry any or very small quality of books from self-publishing authors. Some are merely snubbing the author or could be due to their contractual agreements with vendors.

<\Traditional Publishing>

Traditional Publishing is just as you expect. Author submits a solicited manuscript to publisher. Publisher likes and offers author a contract. The contract with specify both author and publisher’s roles and responsibilities. It will determine how any profits if any will be divided. Publisher usually takes a higher percentage because publisher is taking on the expenses and the risk. Author may or may not be given an advance on royalties. This is a discussion left between the two until an agreement is made. Note: No royalties are paid out until after the advance is recovered. Publisher may also request the return of the advance should author breach contract based on the terms outline at time of signing.

It is important to note that author is still the main product here that reading buyers want to meet.


Greet all your readers with a warm generous smile. Always be yourself. Be true to yourself. Be honest and sincere.