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 2 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 5000 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 7 years without doing anything with it. 7 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."
PS. Design your own cover with a graphics person, but that's a separate story. Read about it here to save money and aggravation: http://goo.gl/7iziAS
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