Writing, Publishing & Marketing Links
Para Publishing-How to Write, Print & Sell Your Own Book
APSS ( The Assoc. of Publishers for Special Sales)
Independent Publishers Group
Sensible Solutions, Inc.
The Publishing Law Center
The National Writers Union
Midwest Independant Publishers Association
BEAVER'S POND PRESS
*THERE ARE THREE BASIC WAYS TO GET A BOOK PUBLISHED*
1.) VANITY PRESS - I don't discuss vanity presses, since it's considered a bad name in the publishing business. A brief description-They publish anything, charge high prices and most likely you'll be stuck with 5000-10,000 books in your basement.
2.)A PUBLISHER - You research the kind of publisher that suits your book, submit a query letter and a couple chapters of your story, if they request it. If a publisher accepts your book, they will edit, do the cover, market, ect. After everything is said and done, you receive anywhere from 6-15% in royalties. To get more information on publishers click on the WRITER'S DIGEST above.
3.) SELF-PUBLISHING - Below is an evaluation to see if Self-Publishing is for you.
Reprinted by permission from Dan Poynter.This excerpt is from the book: "Is There a Book Inside You? Writing Alone or with a Collaborator". By Dan Poynter & Mindy Bingham
(Check the number that best describes you or your feelings)
1.) I like being in control. I like to have the final say on the directions of my projects.
2.) I like to have someone else make the final decisions after I give my input.
3.) I would rather be given directions and do not want too much responsibility.
ABILITY TO RISK CAPITAL
1.) I have money I can afford to risk my business ventures.
2.) I'm willing to invest my time but not my money in my writing projects.
3.) I want assured compensation for my writing.
ABILITY TO "TOOT YOUR OWN HORN"
1.) I have something to share with others and I need to make sure they know about it.
2.) While I am a modest person, I know that books need promotion to sell so I will do it.
3.) I would have a hard time promoting my own work. It would seem like boasting.
1.) Most of all I want to be my own boss.
2.) While I consider myself independent, I don't want to make all the decisions about the book by myself.
3.) Being on my own really scares me. I would rather have the security of being an employee and let someone else worry about the problems.
TIME TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK
1.) I realize that writing a book is only the tip of the iceberg. I am ready for the time demands of promotion.
2.) I'll spend time on promotion but I don't want the major responsibility or time demands.
3.) All I want to do is finish the manuscript. I do not want to spend any more time on this project. I want to go on to something else.
1.) I consider myself realistic and "street wise" when it comes to business.
2.) Most business situations make sense, but there are areas where I need experience.
3.) I am inexperienced or impractical in business matters.
1.) I love to speak in front of audiences and feel I have something important to say.
2.) I need some confidence in public speaking and presence but I am willing to learn.
3.) I'm a private person. I do not want to make public presentations or be recognized in a crowd.
1.) Once I know what I want, I cannot be distracted from my goal.
2.) I need someone to help me stay on track. Otherwise I take more detours than I should.
3.) I have a hard time deciding what it is I really want.
PROMOTIONS AND PUBLICITY
1.) If I believe in a product, I have the enthusias