Your Publishing Options
To be published traditionally is the dream of many, perhaps your dream. I
personally have not found it all it is cracked up to be. In Poets and
Writers M.J. Rose says that many books published by large, well-known
presses are not ‘published' at all, merely printed, for publishing by
definition includes the concept of putting a book before the public and that
includes promoting it.
Based on the failure of many publishers--large, small, traditional, subsidy
and even sometimes self-publishers--I wrote Write Publish & Market Your Book
to give authors the sound and detailed information they need to start out or
to grow their promotion efforts. Then I created the online
, Book Promotion
Book Promotion Time Table
Stalking the Markets
There is not one right way to publish. Authors should consider their goals
for their book – both monetary and emotional--their pocketbooks, and the
title and genre of their book before making a decision. Below you will find
alternatives to major publishing houses. If you need more information
before making your choice, see the above sources, all available on this
There is a tremendously broad market out there for your writings, and it is in flux. As
paper prices soar, causing the price of books and magazines to jump, alternative
publishing options arise with some exciting possibilities.
Books continue to be marketed today through the large major publishing houses,
though small and midsize presses are becoming more significant in the marketplace. While
the seven largest publishers published 85% of last year's best sellers, small and midsize
presses and self-publishers did well with niche markets.
Electronic publishing and self-publishing are becoming important new options. Vanity
publishers are still an option, with all the disadvantages they have always presented.
Self-Publishing, in both book and electronic form, is becoming an increasingly
credible avenue for writers. New technology and communications tools are making it more
feasible and more rewarding for many writers than publication by recognized publishing
Electronic Publishing Electronic publishing offers still another avenue of
expression for writers and can cut down considerably on the expense of self-publishing
and/or of submitting manuscripts to publishers. The home computer has become a new partner
to both book and magazine publishers. Online publishing services are popping up everywhere
on the net. Current biggies include Fatbrain, 1st Books, Booklocker and iUniverse. Use
your search engine to locate these and others if you're interested in venturing into this
newest form of self-publishing or are looking for new markets for your writings. Or let
Advocate House do it for you.
We work with authors from concept through publication, promotion and order
fulfillment. A Cappela offers everything from consultations to online classes regarding
writing, publishing and marketing, plus how-to books and audio books on those subjects.
Advocate House turns manuscripts into books for self-publishers and does the
promotion. eLitAgent, another division, presents finished works to publishing houses
(contacting up to 100 appropriate publishers simultaneously.)
For a complete discussion of publishing options today, see
You Need to Know to WRITE PUBLISH & MARKET YOUR BOOK
From Publishers Weekly
INSURANCE HIKES MAY AFFECT CHANCES BOOK
PUBLISHERS TAKE WITH WRITERS Recently, Publishers Weekly reported on increasing premiums
and deductibles on libel and copyright infringement policies for book publishers.
Publishers such as Random House are apparently changing their contracts to make authors
carry some of the burdens of possible legal battles. But the main effect of this new
insurance trend will be felt at smaller publishing houses, which tend to take on more
adventurous and racier manuscripts. With the increased rates, many smaller publishing
houses will be forced to drop their libel and copyright infringement policies. Basically,
PW concludes, it will be harder than ever for writers who know everyone's dirty little
secrets to get the word out in book form unless they want to take the burden on their own
shoulders and self-publish. (Tempted? For more information on self-publishing, check out
"I think your website offers a lot of great resources for writers, and you have
Selina J., Assistant Publicist Phenix & Phenix
Book Gossip: Watch Out for the Big Guys!
Earlier this year , the Sunday Times of London sent 20 British publishers
and agents previously published prize-winning books as manuscripts by new
authors seeking publishers. The object of this was to see if the agents or
publishing houses could distinguish true talent.
Some rejected the two Booker prize-winning novels. One of the books was by
V.S. Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Typed manuscripts of
the opening chapters of Naipaul's In a Free State and Holiday by Stanley
Middleton were sent to the 20 publishers and agents.
None of the publishers or agents appeared to recognize the manuscripts as
Booker prize winners for the 1970s that were lauded as British novel writing
at its best. Of the 21 replies, all but one were rejections.
The rejections for Middleton's book came from major publishing houses such
as Bloomsbury and Time Warner as well as well-known agents such as
Christopher Little, who discovered J.K. Rowling. London publisher Bloomsbury
read the manuscript submitted "with interest" but found it unsuited to its
list. Time Warner said it contained "good ideas" but was not its sort of
book. Thirteen others gave similar replies. Only one literary agent,
Barbara Levy, expressed an interest in reading further chapters.
Responding to the Naipul manuscript, in which only the author's name and the
names of the characters had been changed, a submissions department reader
for PDF, a major London literary agency, wrote: "Having considered your
material, we do not feel, we are sorry to say, sufficiently enthusiastic or
confident about it."
The Blake Friedmann agency also sent apologies: "In order to take on a new
author, several of us here would need to be extremely enthusiastic about
both the content and writing style. I'm sorry to say we don't feel that
strongly about your work."
A few publishers and agents, when they realized they had been stung, blamed
the sheer volume of manuscripts they received and lack of time to read every
page. "With other forms of entertainment today thee are very few people
around who would understand what a good paragraph is," added Naipaul.
Nicholas Clee, former editor of The Boookseller magazine, said publishers
were no longer eager to take risks on untried authors because they face
fierce competition as supermarkets force down prices. "Publishers tend to
go for newcomers who have something sensational to offer, or established
names. They're putting big promotional efforts behind just a few titles,"
will do it for
using an agent