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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Carlos Aranda's Thoughts on Finding the Right Publisher @Losman1976 #IndieAuthor #WriteTip

Now there are many options when it comes to getting published. I will start with what I know most about and that is traditional publishers. There are very few these days that have open submission. Most traditional publishers today require that you go through a literary agent first. The only issue that I have with going with an agent is that, this in one more person cutting into the profits from your book. The advantage to using an agent is getting your book into a better company that will make up for the extra percentage by making sure that your book is making the most money possible. For a traditional publisher taking open submissions, there are a few things to check out before your submit and sign on the dotted line so to speak. 

First is this company a legitimate company that has a good reputation with others as well as part of the Better Business Bureau. There are some companies out there that market themselves as a traditional publisher yet are just what they call a vanity press. They look good but the final cost you have to pay for their services is just ridiculous. For the publisher I went with, Tate Publishing, they required a retainer for my publicist which the price was negotiable and is returned to you once you have sold 1,000 copies with them. The second thing with choosing traditional publishers is finding the one with the best royalty rate. There are some that will give you a very low royalty rate so that they make the majority of the money from the book rather than being fair and giving their authors a fair amount, considering that you did all the work really. 

Finally for traditional publishers you need to see what kind of marketing they are going to be doing on their end as well as the markets that they can present your book in. That is one advantage that I have learned about traditional versus self-publishing. A traditional publisher has markets that self-publishing cannot get into as a lot of companies will not acknowledge them, regardless of how wonderful the book really is. 

Now for self-publishing I don’t know that much about it. I do know that you need to really research each option and find which one is going to best suit your needs. You need to look at final cost, editing and if there is any help with some marketing of your book. I have found that there are indeed a few companies that do help with distribution and marketing of your book depending on what kind of budget you are looking at to get published. No matter what choice you decide to go with don’t just jump into the first opportunity that comes your way. Research and find the best choice that will suit you and your needs the best. Sometimes that first option is not always the best option.

This book is a biblical perspective on how God wants us to see and get through the trials that life brings our way. It is a book of conversations and things brought to our attention that we may not always see and how through scripture God wants us to get through them.
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