Many writers are curious about the different publishing routes, and want to hear actual stories and experiences. PLEASE share with us!
Issues writers are curious about (please share!):
Finally, how did your route work for you? Sales numbers anyone? Would you do it again?
Here is what I heard of some (I know there are many) of the self publishing services out there (it might depend on what package you purchase):
Outskirts Press you get 100% of the profits of the book, plus you set your own price.
iUniverse pays 20% of the profit
Xlibris pays you 10% of the retail price
lulu - has anyone used them?
Morris Publishing - anyone have experience with them?
A list of indie /small publishers can be found here:
And finally, fellow She-writer Jennifer Dinn Korman wrote a great blog "Becoming Your Own Publisher" found here:
Here were her expenses:
Creation of Publisher $
Creation of Publishing LLC (State of CO) 50
Register RNP domain name (Dotster) 15
RNP website domain mapping(WordPress) 10
Purchase of 10 ISBN numbers (Bowker) 275
Publication of Waltzing Jimmy Jackboy $
Direct Book Cost:
Author’s Express Publishing Program (Booksurge) 299
Cover Design 500
Interior Design (Sonya Unrein) 500
Library of Congress Control Number 0
Elect. Copyright Filing (US Copyright Office) 35
Direct Book Cost $1,334
Register Website Domain Name (Dotster) 15
Website (annual fee and design: Squarespace) 178
Total Cost for Robbers Nest Press and Waltzing Jimmy Jackboy $1,877
Again, PLEASE share with us!!! Thanks and Cheers! *clink* *sluurrrpp* Jan
Here's my run-down:
I am represented by Jeanie Pantelakis at the Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency. She takes 15% of my earnings. MuseItUp Publishing is my publisher. They started a year ago, but now represent many authors and titles. They release your work in e-book first, then have one year to determine if they will release it in print (for sale online - if Barnes & Noble or another bookstore decide to carry it, that is up to the seller). I get 40% of the profit. If they don't release it in print within a year, I then get the print rights back. I have to add that my publisher and fellow authors there are AWESOME!!! Anyway, they pay for cover art, editing, formatting, publishing, limited marketing (they submit it for reviews to certain sites, fellow authors set up blog tours together, press releases) and they will give us buttons and banners to put online. Basically the only things I pay for is additional advertising I want to do, things to give away, my websites and business cards and other marketing materials (I use Vistaprint). They provide me with Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) to send out to other reviewers I want to send it to. I am not sure if they pay for copyrighting, because I had it copyrighted before I signed with them. They also get the ISBN number for it. Not sure about sales - my book comes out in February, 2012!! www.veiledvirtues.com www.museituppublishing.com www.janfischerwade.com
For more info, please see my previous posts on: bling to market your book (vistaprint); book blog tours; press releases and sites to submit them to; and buying online adversiting.