Would You Like to be a Published Author?
When I first started my writing career in spring 2014, I also created my own publishing company. I did this at the suggestion of veteran authors who insisted that it was good to have my own imprint when self-publishing, to act as a brand name. I was really excited about it, but then I started getting inundated by people who wanted me to publish their books. It overwhelmed me and I took down my website for a while because of the attention that I was getting. In fact, I started using my author name as my brand instead. I think that was a good idea at the time because I wasn’t ready to help other people publish their books yet; I needed more experience and I needed to get my own author name out there. However, I feel strongly that I am ready now to help someone else get published and so I am looking for one special person who wants to take a leap of faith with me and be my first client. This special person needs to be patient and forgiving, and realize that we are not going to make much money – but it will be so satisfying and a lot of fun. And who knows, we might make a lot of money, probably not, but I never totally push that hope aside.
I have created a contract to use and I have asked my husband to look it over and see if he would be willing to sign it. I figure that is a pretty good test for viability. Basically, I would offer some editing and formatting services to publish an author’s work on Amazon for them with my imprint and advertise it on my publishing website in exchange for a 50/50 share of net royalties. So it would be in both of our best interests for the book to sell or neither one of us will be rewarded for our hard work. I have tried to be fair to both parties, protecting both of our interests, although the amounts of money we are talking about in these beginning times are so insignificant that I’m not really worried. It is important to me to be honest and fair, because there is a lot of scamming that is going on in the publishing world.
If you are thinking about getting published, here are a few things that you should be aware of. If you have to pay someone ANY amount of money UPFRONT to get your book published, then I would be wary because it is probably a scam. REAL publishers make their money off book sales. REAL agents work on commission after they sell your book to a publisher. You don’t need an agent for most small presses, only for the big companies. Oh, and you should never pay for reviews because that is considered very taboo. So, as long as you keep those things in mind, you should be fine.
All that being said, are you, or anyone that you know, ready to publish a book? Do you have a completed manuscript ready for me to read?
Please don’t share your plot ideas with me. I have plenty of my own plot ideas. The true work is not the idea, but in actually writing the manuscript and then publishing it. Inevitably, many new writers are concerned about someone stealing their plot ideas. I can’t tell you the number of times that someone has whispered to me that that they have a great idea for a story but they don’t want to share it with me because they are afraid someone will steal it. Me, I guess. Wow.
First off, the biggest fear that all writers have is that they will die before they are able to write and publish all of the stories that they already have in their head. They don’t have time to write yours, too. I doubt you will find very many writers who wanted to become a writer so that other people could give them plot ideas.
The other funny thing that happens is when that same person who did not want to tell you their plot idea awhile ago, then begins boring you with the details of it and proposes to share the profits 50/50 if you will write it for them.
Try to do that with any other business proposition and see how it works. For example, I think building a restaurant on the beach is a great idea. You build it and I will give you 50% of the profits. I don’t think anyone would go for that. Most new writers overvalue their plot ideas and have no idea how much work is involved in writing a complete book and/or publishing it.
I have a lot of stories that I still want to write but I also think that I can help someone else get their own stories published. I see life as climbing a mountain. I still want to climb higher but if I can help someone else along the way, then it will be far less lonely at the top.