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April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 122


What if you wanted to open a Sally's Sewing Shoppe? Wouldn't it make sense that you knew about sewing?

About the machine and how it works? Maybe an inkling about fabric types?

How about sewing accessories? Publishing is a business. Period.

When you self-publish, and you contract with an AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris or a LuLu, you are sharing the profit.

Their name is on the door, not yours. Whoosh-with the use of their name, you could see 50 percent plus of your profits exit overnight just because you used their name... and you didn't think you knew enough to do it yourself... or your didn't think you had enough money (or didn't want to) to front the startup expenses of your publishing enterprise.

With self and independent publishing, you are opening a business. If Sally's Sewing Shoppe needs a sewing machine repair person, a seamstress or a specialist in designing kid's costumes, it hires a person who can fill the bill on a fee basis-each job has a cost to it.

Hopefully, the cost of the services will be far less than the revenues that are created. What's left over is the profit. Yours-all of it.

It's the same in publishing. Seamstresses, sewing machine repairs and kid's costume designers can be likened to editors, cover designers and printers. You have a job that needs to be done; they bid on it.

You hire who you want and pay them on completion. You don't share your profits with them.

When you use today's modern vanity presses - LuLu, AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris, etc., your profitability is severely limited.

As the owner of Sally's Sewing Shoppe, you could hire, and fire, vendors and suppliers. You make all the decisions.

If you don't want to work with or use someone, you go somewhere else. It's still your place, When you publish through anything that doesn't have your name, you lose that option. You get to start over if you decide you don't like the establishment. New ISBN, new files, new cover design- new, new, new. More money, more money, more money. Remember that you must do research and fine the right mentors in the publishing business. Check references. Go to publishing seminars. Check publishing blogs and web sites. Listen to teleseminars.

You must do the work. You must take your writing career seriously.

Remember to write something every day. You are an author!


Rick Frishman, the founder of Planned Television Arts, has been one of the leading book publicists in America for over 36 years.

Rick has now taken on the new role as Publisher at Morgan James Publishing in New York. David Hancock founded Morgan James in 2003 and in 2011 published over 100 books. Morgan James only publishes non fiction books and looks for authors with a platform who believe in giving back. Morgan James gives a portion of every book sold to Habitat for Humanity. ( ) for the million $ rolodex

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