You may have a good book lurking around in you somewhere, but if you decide to write and publish it, there are a few things you need to know — a few booby traps to avoid.Many a good yarn or nonfiction book has come from mariners. Even if you are only considering one, there is good instruction to help you plot your course as you approach the project. You can learn how and what to present to potential publishers. But there are also cautions.“Getting a book published by a name publishing company—the kind that sometimes pays an advance and pays the publishing costs— is as difficult as winning the lottery or throwing a marble into a soda bottle at 50 feet,” says Jack Simpson, author of $elf-Publish For Profit (by avoiding booby traps).Frequently after numerous rejections, new authors turn to self-publishing, which means, in too many cases, that there is a danger of paying big bucks and getting very little in return? Simpson says in his new book, “On the other hand, the publishers will almost always make money, whether the author does or not.”It isn’t because of anything illegal; it’s just that publishing schemes are designed to profit publishers and are less concerned with authors, Simpson said. What budding authors don’t understand can cost them dearly.The author, who has more than half a century of experience in journalism, including publishing, publishes books for companies and individual authors.He is also the author of If Ships Could Talk, poems of river and sea.But his intention is not to attract business. “My plate is overloaded now,” he said. “At 73, I hardly need more work.”The new provides a guide as to how to go about finding someone to print their book. He maintains that self-publishing can be very profitable if done properly. If there is one bit of advice that stands out in the book, it is this: “Watch the bottom line.”
What that means is that the author should scrutinize every single proposal and know exactly what is in store for him/her financially. What does the author stand to profit?If the proposal is not acceptable, just don’t accept it.Look till you find one that is acceptable.Many booby traps exist in subsidy publishing, where the author puts up considerable cash and gets few if any books and no profit. That amounts merely to turning over your creation to someone else so they can profit.
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