What is the difference between a publishing house and self-publishing?
I am planning on publishing my novel that I have been working on. What are the advantages of self-publishing? Shold I get a publishing house to so it instead?
Question answered by Unpretty
If you want to see proof of the benefits of self publishing, just look at the author of "Eragon", Christopher Paolini. He wrote "Eragon" and self published it when he was 15. He said that he got lucky because he won an arm wrestling bet with a guy at the Medieval fair that he was trying to sell his book at. The bet was, if he won, the guy had to buy a copy. Well...as you probably know, the book is now a huge phenomenon, and a motion picture was made from it. Yes, this is a rare example of the possible success of self publishing, but a success nonetheless.
Self-publishing, though it had a rocky start, has actually become quite common for those who can't find a publishing house to accept their work. Yes, you have to do some marketing yourself, but it is NOT true that no bookstores will sell your work, as has been suggested. You have to be careful, if choosing this avenue, to use a self publisher who uses "POD" or Print on Demand services because you are more likely to find bookstores willing to sell your work if they don't have to buy 1000 copies. In fact, I've seen a few who actually work with online book sellers like Amazon.com because these types of places can place an order for 5 or 10 books, and you get royalties for any sale you make. It's harder because you have to be a great marketing agent, and you have to pay for the service, but I know a lot of people who use this type of service as a jump off point to get their work out there.
Magazines like Writers Digest (you can find the online version at WritersDigest.com) actually have a contest devoted purely to self published books. Books from winners are given to a publishing house to be published. I think it's Trafford Publishing, though I'm not sure. But, you end up with a publishing package that includes marketing and contract, so you get your foot in the door.
Publishing houses pay you a set amount of money (whatever is contracted) and give you royalties. The disadvantage for many is that it is almost impossible these days to have your work seen by a publishing house without having an agent first. By the time the agent takes their fees, you can wind up losing a hefty chunk as they market you and charge to send your work out. But, it's pretty much the standard because publishing house editors are too swamped with work to deal with the millions of people who want to be writers but don't want to bother putting in the effort to edit their own work (editors are there to polish edited work, not fix errors that anyone wanting to be a writer should be able to fix themselves). Unless the submission guidelines state that it is o.k. to send your work without an agent, your manuscript is rarely even glanced at before going into the garbage. They expect professionals to understand that, and to follow the rules. If you can't follow a simple rule, how can you be expected to be a professional, right? An editor friend of mine said once that she has had to reject over 400 manuscripts in a day because the authors felt that they were above using an agent. That's sad, because many of them probably had the talent. About one in one million manuscripts is actually found to be a gem, so...
I know quite a few people in my area who have used self publishing and they love it. They said that, though it costs money, it gives them the freedom to do what they want with their books. I've seen self published books donated by the authors to the local library and bookstores, who display them as works done by locals. This actually is a great marketing technique because the writer has placed a web site url in the back of the book, or even given an address or phone number to contact about information for buying. A few have said that they have made a decent profit doing it this way because they don't have to pay agent fees...the profits are theirs to keep. Plus, they like that there is usually an in-house editor who goes over their work, just like with a publishing house.
The choice is yours, really. Your best bet is to do research on both rather than asking here because a lot of people on the Q & A sites go by what they hear rather than fact.
What traditional book publishing houses are accepting submissions?
Looking to submit my book to a publishing house. I know the book may not be the best with grammer but submitting to a publisher, they can offer a tradition publishing contract and help improve the book. Any suggests where I could submit?
Question answered by Joss
I know the book may not be the best with grammar but submitting to a publisher, they can offer a tradition publishing contract and help improve the book.
-- no they're not. Your book needs to come to them ready to publish. If it needs too much editing then they're going to reject it. You need to show them that you can write; you do want to be an author after all. Publishers are understaffed becasue of layoffs and they dont' have time to do heavy editing on books that need it. Publishers aren't suffering from a lack of submission; they have their pick of the crop, so if your book isn't ready to go then they're going to choose someone who's book is ready.
& I visited an editors blog (he works at a large publisher) and he said that he rejects books that need more than 5% editing. That alone should tell you how high the standards are. Never settle for mediocre work because that won't be enough to get you published. There are exceptions, there always are, but they're just that - exceptions.
Yeah, I have a list, but you also need to put in the efforts to do your own research instead of expecting someone to hold your hand and do it for you. Pick up the writer's handbook, or whatever it's called; i'm sure someone here will suggest it to you.
What publishing company would you recommend for miscellaneous books?
I'm searching for a good editor and a publishing company to publish one or two of my books. They belong to the miscellaneous category. What do you recommend the ones in Houston, TX?
A huge company or a small press? If there's a good company out of Houston, do I mail them my manuscript?
Question answered by вяγтє sγdє.
Have you considered finding an agent first? They would be able to find the right publisher(s) for your book. In addition, a lot of publishers will not accept manuscripts from people that are not solicited by an agent, anyway.
Several publishers now prefer that you email the manuscript to them (along with a query letter and synopsis) because most editing is done on a computer now, although some will allow you to mail a paper copy of your manuscript. Research the publisher thoroughly. They will provide their requirements and expectations on their website.
I suggest you pick up a copy of Writer's Market at your local bookstore or library to become more familiar with the publishing process, agents, editors, etc.
Good luck with your book.
How can I find out which publishing houses have greatest profits?
I am doing research for a publishing position. I want to find out which UK and international publishing houses are most profitable. Especially in the educational sector. Could be interesting to know share prices etc. Where could I find a list of top companies in this sector? Anyone know any useful sites to find out company profit info?
Question answered by Steve B
First get a list of the Public Companies in the Publishing field - however a lot of them are Private Companies (they don't have to publish results).
Then look them up on iii or ft etc, financial site.
Note that most major publishers will have an Education Division, however very few are likely to give you a break-down of individual division performance.
Here's Blackwells & Macmillans to get you started (yep, both private)
What do I need to do in order to get a job at a publishing company?
Publishing as in publishing novels, fiction books not really newspapers. What major, internships, etc do I need to do? How much would I make if I wanted to be an editor at the company?
Question answered by pj m
I would say the publishing world would look to hire writers and editors with a college degree, generally in the field of communications, English or journalism. In some cases a liberal arts degree would probably suffice.
Writers and editors who specialize in a particular field may also need to have a degree in that subject. This would probably be particularly true for technical writers.
What would be a good Publishing house to use to publish a book?
I'm a new author, my book isn't done, but I'd really like to know the guidelines the publishing company has. Its more of a fantasy, death in the beginning with superpowers spun into it. At most it would belong in the young adults section. Is there a good publishing company that might be willing to do this type of book that isn't a self publishing? Or if it absolutely has to be a self publishing, is it a scam?
Question answered by Tee
Now, I'm not a published author, but I am currently working on it!
I don't know how "detailed" I can make my answer, but a couple months ago when I began looking into trying to get my book published I read many, MANY Yahoo! answers about getting published; I would suggest you read those if you want more info too (ie: search "how to publish my novel", "publishers for (insert novel genre here)", etc.).
From all the questions I've read, I can tell you that you definitely need a literary agent. You're already at a good place, because literary agents look for novels that are basically perfect: that have been edited to the bone, don't have any mistakes, etc. People have made it very clear that getting a literary agent is REALLY, REALLY hard (just like making it in the publishing industry in general); but if you are able to do so, you'll be that much closer to achieving your dreams. Because agents read so many manuscripts a day (btw, make sure you draft is in manuscript format; because if it's not that another reason agents will throw your manuscript into the slush pile), they only take on clients whose works they TRULY believe that a publisher will want. Because more major publishers don't accept unsolicited manuscripts, you really need a literary agent, because otherwise you probably won't be able to get your foot into the door at publishers like Scholastic, HarperCollins, Penguin, etc.
So yeah, it sound like your next step is finding a literary agent (who is reputable; remember that agents who ask you for money upfront are scams! They make money by getting a fraction of what you get once your book starts selling). Because they are the ones who find a publishing house that will want to make a deal on your book, it's important that you find one. Now, this may take weeks, years; it all depends on (1) when they respond to your query (letter that you use to present your work to an agent; look up how to write a good query letter on the internet; or I just remembered that a REALLY good book to help you in ALL of this that a lot of people recommend is "The Writers Market"), and (2) whether or not they accept or reject you. Now I've been told this, so I want to tell you that you WILL get rejected by agents....they are VERY picky, so don't be surprised that even with all the feedback you've gotten some agents might say no (and they often won't tell you why or what to fix; so after a while it becomes up to you to figure that out, from whether it's your query letter or your manuscript itself).
Huh, maybe I do know a lot more about this than I thought I could type up, haha.
So yeah; in short, after you get an agent, they will find you a publisher, and then your book goes into the process of being edited by their editors, choosing a font, choosing a book cover, etc.....
There is also the option of self-publishing (which can be done online). Now that is also "free" in that it doesn't cost you anything because anyone can do it and say they are a "published author." However, besides the fact that it's a million times easier to get published this way than with an actual publisher, I don't recommend self-publishing if you want to get even a small fan base. What I mean is 99.9% of self-published books never get beyond the scope of the writer's friends and family. Your book will not be sold in bookstores, so the only thing you can do is pay to have it made and printed out (which costs money) so that you can hand them out to get people to read them (which takes time). Thus, the time and money you put into self-publishing is a lot, so I think this costs more than trying to find an agent and then a publisher. I know many people have gone to self-publishing as a last resort after being unsuccessful in finding an agent; so maybe you could do if after maybe getting like 100 rejections or something (because again, you WILL get rejected by agents) before turning to self-publishing.
hope this helps!!! good luck!!! :)
I want to start my own on-line publishing company any suggestions?
I want to publish electronic books in the fiction genre. I have all the software I need and I have decided on the three formats I want to use.
I need authors . And I need to get a standard contract for publishing. Any suggestions?
Question answered by some_mystery_for_u
Each year, the writers guild of America publishes a book with boiler plate contracts. You can find it at your local book dealer.
As far as electronic publishing, there are a lot of electronic publishers out there already. Most do a piss poor job of marketing their writers. I published a sci-fi novel online a few years back, and had to do all of the marketing myself. Except for the fact that I was able to say that my book had been picked up by a publishing house, i may as well have self-published.
If you are going to do this, contact the library of congress and arrange for a block of ISBN numbers. This will make it easier to enter into cross promotion programs with warehouses like Ingram and distributors like Amazon. Also, it's not a bad idea to offer desktop publishing in a trade format to compliment the e-book format. The harsh reality is that e-books have not taken off, and most likely never will.
Depending on how serious you are about this, I might consider moving my book from the current publisher. I only had a one year contract and have reserved the right to regain ownership at any time now. I also have a novella mystery novel that I want to give to the same publisher which you could use as a give-away to lure in customers.
Hope this helps.
How do I go about publishing my book?
I need some more information on publishing a book. Please help! And if anyone has any info on e-books, that would also be appreciated! Thanks!
Sorry, another question:
Does the publisher design the cover and backcover or can the author work with them to design them?
Question answered by ExPubCon
Hey, congrats! Not everyone has the courage to face the publishing industry even if their literature is highly recommended for public consumption. Because you already have your materials, the next thing you might decide on doing is to find a publisher who will be your retailer, publisher, editor and distributor at the same time - which is of course not that easy to find.
Publishing companies now have all the resources to publish books with the same productivity and efficacy as that of regular black and white books you see in physical bookstores. Considering the fact that most books are in full color, you should choose a publishing company whose book’s are of the highest quality, bar none. You should be able to work with the publisher on all of these - especially the book cover and back cover design. :)
Maybe you would like to ask around and perhaps shop around. Many would also suggest getting an agent which could take SO long for them to sit down and actually notice what you have there and believe me, we are not just talking months here but years. Let me give you something to peruse at while you are at it and hopefully this will help in your ride to the wagon of success.
I wish you luck! I got mine in the mail, too. Helps to collect these information before you get to decide. :)
What are some publishing companies that specialize in political books?
I'm thinking about writing a book of politics, in the vein of Abbie Hoffman or Jerry Rubin. Are there any publishing companies that specialize in this type of work, or am I asking the wrong question altogether? I'm not aware of how the publishing business works; and I've got no clue how to go about self-publishing if it comes to that? I just really need some answers. Thanks.
Question answered by Nemesis
Get a copy of "Writer's Market" (many libraries have it; if not, bookstores both online and brick-and-mortar carry it). It explains the whole publishing business, and lists hundreds of publishers with information about what they specialize in.
What companies are good for publishing books written by teens?
My friends and I are looking to publish a book. We are early teens and we need to know some publishing companies that we can contact.
Any help and tips are appreciated.
I would really appreciate actual names of companies to make this much easier if you will.
Question answered by Gianna
Sure. I totally understand where you are coming from. There are lots of writers out there that are not getting the kind of recognition they deserve because number one, they do not know where to turn to to get their stories across and number two, not everybody has the same level of thinking that they have - which of course results to them turning the book down.
Writers like you have every potential to get started on a publishing career. If you are looking for self-publishing companies to publish your book, I know of a few companies that practically holds court to everything a book needs from getting you your copyright, size preferences, book cover design customization, layout consultation, copyediting and even marketing – at affordable costs.
Let me help with something to get started and you can go from there. Good luck!