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Searching for a Publisher? Don't let this happen.
By Paul Kyriazi
Last edited: Saturday, August 01, 2015
Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

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She waited seven years. After she died, they immediately published her book.

Many business people want to have a book published to advertise themselves. I agree that a book is a great tool to give a business person credibility but I have strong feelings about trying to get published. This is what will happen to you:

You'll send your manuscript to publishers; ones you can convince to receive it, where it will sit for months, even years and no one will read it. If they do, they will want you to completely re-write it. Then they will tell you, it's still not good enough to publish.  I personally know of twi people that happened to, both in Japan and the USA. Hah. Publishers are the same the world over it seems.

If you're very lucky they will print 5,000 copies, with a bad cover design, send you 20 copies, promise you a percentage of the profits and then send you nothing but receipts for their expenses.

When you want to promote your book, it won't be in the bookstores. When you want your book back to publish it yourself, they will tell you that they own it, will not print any more copies, or give it back to you.

I spoke with author Paul Peterson (The Donna Reed Show). He can't get his book back from the publisher and they won't print more copies, so he has nothing to sign for fans, except photos.

The worst story I heard was in Japan. Movie star Tatsuya Nakadai's wife wrote a book about her husband. She gave it to a large publisher. They held it seven years without doing anything with it. Seven years! When she died (young), they immediately published it that week to cash in on her death publicity.

Why go through all the above, when these days you can self-publish your book. (Not vanity press). You can design your own cover, get an ISBN number, sell it on Authors Den, Amazon in addition to your own web site.

When you need more copies you can call your printer and have them in 2 weeks. Your book will never go out of print and you can revise it anytime.

These days you don't have to print thousands of copies, you can run 200 at most printers and now there are web sites printing one at a time. They also have programs for your PC to lay out your book for printing.

With Amazon Kindle you can make your own Ebook, put it on Amazon, set your own price and people have access to it right away.  When you want to gift it, you can buy your book as a gift and email to anyone that has a Kindle, IPAD or any device with a free Kindle app.

Let me tell you, it's a great and satisfying experience. Why wait like Nakadai's wife did? Why not enjoy having your book out now with the cover design, paper, and type style you like?

That's what Gene Simmons of KISS did. He first met with a publisher for his Kisstory book but when he realized they would take him to the cleaners with their endless deductions, he published it himself.

You probably won't make a profit or if you do, it will take time. But profit is not the reason to have a least 1 book out that represents you, be it auto-biography, fiction, or whatever subject.

Just call up a printer, get the prices, facts and get ready for one of the most exciting and satisfying times of your life. Then, the next time you go into a book store and see all those big books with cool covers, you'll think, "I've got mine too."


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Reviewed by Paul Kyriazi
Thanks for the comments everyone. As far as the program I used, I've been using 'Final Draft' script writing progam for audio scripts. I didn't know what I was doing for my novels, so I wrote them on my pc's 'notebook', whatever that was. The send it to someone to put in publishing form. So I don't know what program to use, as the last five years has been the audios scripts using 'final draft'. But you can search 'novel writing software' on amazon and it' will show you the choices. The main thing is to enjoy the process and get it made into a book or ebook on the schedual that you're happy with.
Reviewed by Malcolm Watts (Reader)
You are quite correct in what you say. I self-published my novel, Reflections from Shadow (hired an editor, cover designer etc) and published it as a POD book. The response of the few hundred who have read the book has been mostly very good. It is a fictional memoir of the 1950's an 60's with paranormal themes related to WWII (The halocaust) I think it has a great potential as a screen-play and I have an idea of how to structure it for film but no experience in screen writing. If at all interested, I would send you a copy to see what you think about screen potential (no pressure).
Malcolm Watts Toronto Ontario
Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader)
Ouch! A very sad review of the publishing world. You have to 'be' someone for them to treat you decently, and how does a writer get to 'be someone' until they've sold a million copies. I have a book published this route you recommend, Paul, and it's doing okay, but I really want to see it on shelves in bookstores because of its high recognition potential. That's hard unless you use traditionals. I'll let you know what happens with my second book, now being considered by a traditional. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
Great information Paul, I echo Judy's question what software do you recomend?
God BLess
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson
Good informative article, Paul. Thank you.
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris
Hi Paul,

Excellent advice.

Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
Well said and I went with a POD and to be honest they ripped me off for my royalties but have the book for awhile so I am looking into other ways to do a book. What good software do you recomend? I am like William I look forward to seeing more of your work.
Reviewed by William DeVault
I agree completely. I have been criticized, more than once, for sticking with POD publishers (I got grandfathered in at iUniverse and recently jumped ship to Lulu)...but the level of control I achieve over the way my work is presented is well worth the guerrilla marketing I have to employ. Besides, if you're going to be billed as the Romantic Poet of the Internet, you better believe in the new technology and strategies. Well said, Paul, I look forward to seeing more of your work.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
well said, well done, good points

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