Vanity Press (Podcast)

The final of the four basic publishing choices, and one I do not at all recommend, is Vanity Publishing (aka Subsidy Press and POD Printing). Listen closely and do your homework before choosing this option. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 8, Vanity Press. Read more about the book, Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging…

Self-Publishing, Pt 3 (Podcast)

Continuing the discussion on Self-Publishing as a publishing path, I talk about Mandatory Return Lists, Bookstore Returns, Amazon’s CreateSpace, and experimenting with Author Co-ops. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 7, Self-Publishing, Pt 3. Read more about the book, Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author.

Self-Publishing, Pt 2 (Podcast)

In this episode, I talk about printing & distribution, and why I think it’s best to go with Lighting Source as a printer/distributor. Also, I touch on Barnes & Noble practices and how to get your books on the shelves. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 6, Self-Publishing, Pt 2. Read more about the book, Publishing…

Self-Publishing (Podcast)

Although many writers are jumping on the self-publishing bandwagon, not everyone is doing it effectively or with taking quality and professionalism into account. Find out what it takes to be a successful self-published author, how to create a quality book, and how to get distribution. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 5, Self-Publishing. Read more about…

Independent Publishers (Podcast)

Learn what to look out for when choosing an Independent Publisher. There are far too many out there trying to prey on your dreams. Don’t let them. And please. please. please. Don’t sign your rights away for nothing. However, an Independent Publisher might be perfect for you and your book. Just make sure you’re careful….

70% of Nothing…

Last week I read a post called “70% of Nothing is Nothing,” and it rather got my goat. Although the article went onto talk about the importance of quality in self-published works, something I emphasize in my blog and my book, the bulk of it carried the tone of discouraging authors to self-publish based on…

Literary Agents (Podcast)

Discover what it takes to get a literary agent and what that agent can do for you. Learn just how much research agents expect from their potential clients. Also, listen to a concise pro/con list of choosing a New York Publisher. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 3, Literary Agents. Read more about the book, Publishing…

Amazon Joins Big Publishing

Big news in New York Big Boy (NYBB) publishing. Whereas up until recently they’ve been known as the “Big 6,” they are now the “Big 7.” Amazon joins the traditional publishing world in a big way, with new imprints and an aggressive move to acquire new and established, best-selling authors. They are the new player…

New York Big Boys (Podcast)

Listen to the realities of going with a New York Big Boy publisher for your book, both the pros and cons. Learn how to get a New York Publisher and how long it is likely to take. Understand royalties and advances, and see how the industry is changing. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 2, New…

Writer Beware

Unfortunately for all of us emerging authors, there are many people trying to take advantage of you and profit off of your dreams. Some of them are posing as Independent “Traditional” Publishers (or as agents, as in the post last week). I have known authors that have lost tens of thousands of dollars to a…