As a publisher with nearly two decades of experience and authors from all over the world, it is my distinct honor to share some of my knowledge with you today. Thank you, Tammy, for inviting me. Let me begin by sharing a bit of how I got here.
My career as a publisher began after I published my first book, Presentational Skills for the Next Generation, which was reviewed by the author of PowerPoint for Dummies. I was so excited when I held my ‘baby’ in my hands! Then, I opened the cover, and the cover cracked! I cried, yes, literally cried. That is when I decided that I was going to find a better way and help others to do so as well. Thus, my journey began to find a way to publish books without the unreasonable cost and time that I endured.
Like many other business owners before me, I too started as a one-stop-shop and as my business grew, I began to add sub-contractors for the various services required to bring a quality book to press. My one requirement was, and still is, that my joint venture partners would embrace my business statement, “High quality results at a reasonable rate”.
Besides working with my authors, I also assist other publishing houses and self-published authors to create first-class books at an affordable price. I very seldom market DocUmeant Publishing or it’s sister company DocUmeant Designs, because my business model is referral based. This allows me to give back a little bonus income to the person referring a new author or publishing house to DocUmeant Publishing. Therefore, it’s a win-win-win for all three individuals/companies involved.
So, as an author, you probably want to know what you can expect from a publisher. Well, to be blunt, publishers publish, marketers market. However, most mid- to large-size publishing houses hold memberships in trade associations that can offer us discounts on services. This savings can then be passed along to our authors, giving them cost savings on their marketing dollars, if they so choose. In addition, more often than not, publishers charge for marketing design. This is one of the ways DocUmeant gives back to our authors. Because I am an ISNI registered designer, I am able to provide, at no cost to my authors, an Author Media Kit that contains all of the initial marketing designs an author needs to get their marketing started.
Now, you probably want to know how to get our attention. There are really several very important things you need to be aware of. There are three types of publishing options available to you. Traditional, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing aka subsidy publishing. If you want to learn more about these options, feel free to either comment below or send me a quick IM or email.
Another thing to look for is if the publishing house even publishes your genre. A quick look at their website will reveal not only their book genres, but the quality of their end product. While you are there, be sure to check to see if they have submission guidelines. If you want them to take your book under consideration, you absolutely need to format your manuscript to their specifications. Failure to do so could result in yet another rejection.
I offer you one final tip that will go a long way to helping you get that contract. Write, read, re-write, at least three times before you send it off to your editor. The cleaner it is the less time it takes to edit, thus less costly.
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