Needlessly Splitting One Book Into Three? Publisher Finds Yet ANOTHER Way To Drain Authors’ Wallets!

Needlessly Splitting One Book Into Three? Publisher Finds Yet ANOTHER Way To Drain Authors’ Wallets!
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I received the following email last week:

Hey Angela,

I’ve been in talks with (a Christian publisher) regarding publishing a compilation of my blog posts as a devotional. This was my original vision when I started blogging back in 2011

However, they have informed me that a 365-page book (a year of devotionals) is unfeasible, and will be way too expensive. They would have me do a 100-day book instead.

Their package is also quite pricey for someone of my means at present. I have everything in my head as to how I want it to look; title, cover, everything. And when I see novels of upwards of 400 pages, I think: How come my book can’t be that big?

My response:

That so-called “Christian” publisher is pretty well-known. After reading so many horror stories, we can pretty much predict what they’re trying to do with your book.

Once they’re certain they have an author in their clutches, they will do whatever they can to increase the amount of $$$ they can suck out of that author.

Their cheapest publishing package is more than $1,000. If they can convince an author to split one book into three, that author will then pay $3,000 instead of $1,000! Of course, that salesperson will triple their commission as well.

In my opinion, that’s a dirty trick. Remember, just because a company uses the word “Christian” in their marketing materials doesn’t mean they’re ethical. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m pretty sure God doesn’t want companies using his name in their advertising.

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5 Responses to "Needlessly Splitting One Book Into Three? Publisher Finds Yet ANOTHER Way To Drain Authors’ Wallets!"

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  3. Wendy Jones  June 13, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I would like to further Perry’s comment —
    It is a fact of life that printing costs are ridiculously high. The problem that we (Royal Knight Inc.) have run into is that you simply can not shorten some books if you want to tell a complete story — and 10 point font is as low as you can go for comfortable print reading. Angela (or her team) has suggested other, larger book sizes, which makes sense (to a point) — but there is also a customer’s perception of ‘correct book size’ Vs the subject. So, some subjects are caught between a-rock-and-a-hard-spot, to use a colloquialism. In this case, E-books would win out for cost reduction — but they are not loved and not practical (for most people and subjects).
    I understand that the publisher being spoken of above was likely a slimy crook and this was the only motivation for the split, but the reality is — print cost money.
    There is no perfect solution.

    – Wendy Jones, author
    Highlander Imagine: Beyond Infinity
    Coming June, 2016 from Abuzz Press! (http://www.AbuzzPress.com)
    “Duncan MacLeod becomes embroiled in an adventure, which takes him to the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacán. Having purchased a rare set of ancient South American llama statues, Duncan is unaware of their ritual significance to an immortal Olmec, named Kawill, who intends to repeat a dark ritual, written on a codex in the Olmec language, and stop time, as the Aztecs understood it. Can Duncan stop this Immortal before time is up?”

  4. Michael W. Perry  June 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Your suspicions are justified. For some types of books, splitting them into three volumes make sense. I recently worked with one of over 400 pages that would have been better split into several, each on one topic. But for a devotional, that makes no sense. It should cover the entire year or not at all. Doing only four months per volume makes about as much sense as a four-month calendar.

    I’d suggest exploring other options, including looking for ways to lower that page-count to keep the price down. A 7.5 x 9.25 size is wide enough that you might be able to do two days on each page, getting the page count under 200 pages and the price down to about $15. A wide format has another advantage. It lies open better.

    Keep looking and find someone who’ll put your interests and those of your readers above their commissions.

  5. pamelaallegretto  June 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    This company needs to be called out publicly for practicing such unethical conduct. I certainly hope the author heeds your good advice. How lucky we authors are to have you in our corner!

    – Pamela Allegretto
    Bridge of Sighs and Dreams
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    Two women clash in World War 2 Nazi-occupied Rome.