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Self Publishing – Circumventing the Traditional Option..?

December 16, 2013
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Circumvent – definition: to avoid by artfulness or deception; avoid by anticipating or outwitting

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The argument of choosing traditional publishing versus self publishing continues to be discussed at length on many social media sites. The option to release your novel into the world without waiting months or even years for a traditional publishing house to pick it up, has revolutionized the authoring world  and our options within it. There are still pitfalls as well as concerns about the quality with self published works, but on the whole it is seen as a great opportunity by many struggling authors.

A twist in the tale is now emerging, where self published authors are being approached by the traditional houses – some accept, some do not. Again there are advantages and disadvantages – drastic reduction in royalties, publicity coverage, cover design,  prestigious outlets, contractual restrictions or conditions.

Even some famous authors  utilized the self publishing route, it is not a ‘new’ concept by any means.

  •  Mark TwainHuckleberry Finn
  •  John GrishamA Time to Kill
  •  L. Ron HubbardDianetics
  •  Irma RombauerThe Joy of Cooking
  •  Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass
  •  Richard Paul EvansThe Christmas Box
  •  Jack Canfield and Mark Hensen,Chicken Soup for the Soul
  •  James RedfieldThe Celestine Prophecy
  •  Beatrix Potter, creator of the Peter Rabbit Classic Series.

Today’s indie authors have the added advantage of using technology to realize their publishing dreams and at a greatly reduced cost. There are numerous sites advertising publishing options and this is where care needs to be taken. Research each one thoroughly and get personal recommendations from other authors, not from the website! Unfortunately, some sites are preying on inexperienced authors and charging a great deal of money for ‘services’.  Always check http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/  they have a list that is constantly updated of sites to avoid.

How do you view self publishing?

What do you feel are the advantages for traditional versus self-publishing?

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The Downside of Publishing..?

August 20, 2013
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Nullify – definition: to cancel; to render or declare legally void or inoperative.

invalidate

In lawvoid means of no legal effect. An action, document or transaction, which is void is of no legal effect whatsoever: an absolute nullity — the law treats it as if it had never existed or happened.

As writers, we have to deal with multiple aspects of the writing journey. Once we have ‘finished’ writing our manuscript there is the editing and revision to tackle, followed by feedback from beta readers and more revision. Researching venues to place our story is next on the agenda. Do we self-publish or submit to traditional publishers? If we do find a publisher and they accept our work what is the next step? Well, it’s probably reading a contract with the compulsory small print. I am not, in any way, qualified to give advice on this particular subject. However, I did find some interesting links that discuss the downside of some contracts. The first link is from a site I regularly visit – Writer Beware.

http://accrispin.blogspot.ca/2011/06/getting-out-of-your-book-contract-maybe.html

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/less-than-minimum-wage-for-authors/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/the-traps-in-publishing-contracts/

http://jakonrath.blogspot.ca/2012/05/unconscionability.html

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jan/10/joe-simpson-publisher-ebook-royalties

I suggest getting legal counsel of some kind to read through any contract. The legalese is more than the average person can handle anyway.

Do you have a contract experience you can share?

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