The honorable art of self-publishing

Posted: October 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Self-publishing | Comments Off on The honorable art of self-publishing

Once upon a time, authors wrote books and sent their manuscripts to publishers, who then either accepted or rejected them. Here are a few examples of rather famous, successful authors and their books, along with the number of times they were rejected by publishers:

  • Carrie, Stephen Kng (30)
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfeld and Mark Victor Hansen (33)
  • Diary of Anne Frank (16)
  • Dr. Seuss books (15)
  • Dubliners, James Joyce (22)
  • Dune, Frank Herbert (23)
  • Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (38)
  • Harry Potter book one, J. K. Rowling (9)
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach (18)
  • Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl (20)
  • M*A*S*H, Richard Hooker (17)
  • The Peter Principle, Laurence Peter (16)
  • Watership Down, Richard Adams (26)
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle, (26)

About William Faulkner’s book, Sanctuary, one publisher wrote a rejection note that said, “Good God, I can’t publish this!”

Here are some examples of authors who opted to self-publish after multiple rejections and became very successful on their own: Deepak Chopra, Gertrude Stein, Zane Grey, Upton Sinclair, Carl Sandburg, Ezra Pound, Mark Twain, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Stephen Crane, Bernard Shaw, Anais Nin, Thomas Paine, Virginia Wolff, e.e. Cummings, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Henry David Thoreau, Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Alexandre Dumas, William E.B. DuBois, Beatrix Potter.

So rest assured. Self-publishing is an honorable thing to do. You are in good company.


What is “print-on-demand”?

Posted: October 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Print-on-demand | Comments Off on What is “print-on-demand”?

Self-publishers do not need vast resources, storage facilities and a shipping department if they use print-on-demand (POD) services.

Once your project is beautifully prepared, you have carefully checked the final proof copy for errors, and it is ready to go to print, the tedious part is over. Now a print-on-demand agency will print your book and fill orders for you.

When an individual or bookstore orders your book, it is printed, bound, shipped and delivered within days.

Print-on-demand  is a wonderful way to have your books printed and orders filled without interrupting your creative flow.


Authors

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If you are an author who has a book you want to retain control over, we are at your service.

We have the expertise of a large publishing company but without the rigid structure. We don’t expropriate your project. We respect your message and voice.

If you are highly literate, we only make sure your i’s are dotted and your t’s are crossed.

On the other hand, if you need a lot of editorial assistance, we will work with you for hours on the phone to kindly and carefully hone your work, all the while remaining faithful to your purpose and vision.

If your book is technical in nature, that is not a problem for us, as we have extensive experience in many different fields. (See Academics.)


Publishers

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We are available for subcontracting by publishing houses for editing and design work. Please use the contact form, include a phone number, and we will be happy to call you back.


Manufacturers

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If you make products that require clear written instructions, you will be happy to know that we specialize in making the complex, simple and easy.

Clear directions reduce costs due to damaged goods, product rejection, customer service and loss of repeat business. A small investment now may save your company’s reputation.

We work at both American and foreign firms, developing user-friendly manuals with in-house engineers and experts.


Academics

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It will surely comfort you to know that we are familiar with scientific, mathematic, computer, medical, legal, financial and psychological terminology.

If you wish to submit an article to a journal we can give it that special professional touch that sometimes makes the difference between acceptance and rejection. We use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, if that suits you, or we can follow any other format you provide.


Webmasters

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We would love to proofread and polish the language on your website until it sparkles and flows, free of spelling and grammatical errors.

We excel at taking the frustration factor out of any complex instructions your visitors might need to follow. Sometimes people just give up and you lose credibility and customers.


Poets

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We publish your very most most personal poetry.


Layout

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Black and white interior layout design and assembly of text.

Determining how material is arranged on the pages, table of contents, choice of typestyles, chapter headings, page headings, numbering, etc.

We strive to make your book visually appealing and easy for the eye to read.

See Samples.


Cover

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Full color exterior design and execution.

We will discuss your vision and intention for the packaging of your work. Then we will sketch a few ideas until we hit on a brilliant design that is perfect for your book.  The back cover will have statements by people who have already read your work, perhaps a short synopsis of the book or an excerpt from the book, plus a short bio of you with your photo.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Our intention is to make an irresistible cover will eloquently describe what your book is all about — in the most beautiful way possible.

See Samples.