Posted by Bruce Hennigan
My ninth grade English teacher, Mrs. Griswold, had a six week creative writing period at the end of my freshman year in high school. I had never heard of such a thing even though I had been writing since age 11. At the top of the first page of every assignment I wrote she would place in red ink: “Publish! Publish!” I fell in love with writing and I wanted to become a published author.
In today’s part 3, which will be segmented into several sections, I begin discussing where to go with your finished manuscript if you want to get published.
You have written your manuscript. You have honed your writing skills. You have edited it to the best polished version you can imagine. Now what? How do you get that bad boy into print?
I have had the good fortune and also, misfortune of publishing every which way imaginable. I have published books through traditional publishers (Meriwether Publishing/Contemporary Drama, Broadman & Holman, Lifeway, Kregel, B&H Publishing, and Strang Communications/Realms Imprint). I have paid a “self publisher” to publish my books (Xlibris, iUniverse, BookPros, and Westbow Press). I have paid a low end publishing entity to merely print out a book for promotional purposes (Xlibris). And I have formed my own independent publishing entities.
I have done it all and I can tell you there are lots of bear traps along the way. Let’s start with the easiest pathway — the self-publishing company.
SELF PUBLISHING COMPANY
https://selfpublishingadvice.org/best-self-publishing-services/ is one of many sites to check out the best and worst self publishing companies. What I am about to say about these entities is scathing. But, there are a very few companies you can trust and I would do a lot of research on the internet and get unbiased reviews of the company you may choose before proceeding. Note that there are many entities that help you get published but YOU do the work and YOU pay for each level of service. These reliable companies can be found in the information of www.thecreativepenn.com. But, I will tell you they are few and far between in my experience.
Having said all that:
Author Beware! In fact, do a search for “author beware” or “writer beware” before going with a self-publishing company that promises to do everything for you.Read the rest of this entry →
Posted by Bruce Hennigan
If you are calling me promising me an extended marketing deal for my books, please read this!
If you are someone who wants to be published authors, let me give you a word of advice.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch! Be careful when companies claiming to be “self publish” companies or “book marketing” companies call you out of the blue. Chances are very good all they want is their money. You see, I’ve been there and I’ve been burned. To the tune of over 50,000 dollars in two different endeavors. One was a “marketing campaign” that secured me over two dozen interviews on blog talk radio. That set me back a cool 25,000 dollars. Guess how many books I sold from that campaign.
The next really bad experience came from a “reputable” self publishing company affiliated with a well known Christian publisher. I was contacted out of the blue and told I would receive “VIP” treatment because I was a traditional published author and that IF, and there is the key word that is so small but carries such a huge burden, IF my books sold X amount of copies I would be offered a contract with the big Christian publishing firm.
So, I forked over 25,000 dollars to put together my book. Part of the deal was to print up 500 copies that could be returned by book stores so book stores would stock my books. Never happened! And, when bookstores contacted me to order books for upcoming book signings at their store, they couldn’t find my books to order them! After two years, the company contacted me and wanted to know if I wanted the printed books or if I would pay to have them destroyed since warehousing them would be too expensive. I got 100 of the books but the rest were destroyed.Read the rest of this entry →